enjoy a cup with us

January 19, 2014

teaSmell.  Sample.  Sip.

We are opening our production facility to you!

Bring a friend and stop by our offices the last Friday of every month to sample new blends, exotic teas, and something new!

Join us.

 

Friday, January 31

11a – 12n

just add honey tea company offices

4760 Hammermill Road . Suite 209

Tucker, Georgia 30084

{404} 725-5286

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6 Creative Ways to enjoy National Hot Tea Month

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January is National Hot Tea Month. There is National doughnut Day. National Pi Day. National Talk Like a Pirate Day. But tea gets an entire month! Tea lovers rejoice!!! And what better way to celebrate than to embrace the frigid temperatures and turn on the teapot. Here at just add honey, we welcome National Hot Tea Month and find creative ways to enjoy the beverage all January long.

  1. Sample a tea you have never tried before! Have you heard of pu’erh tea? Or Yunnan? How about basil tea? Or infusing lavender in your current favorite? During January, take a moment to relax, relate, revisit teas that you want to explore and possibly enjoy. You only need an ounce to start with. And if you love it, add it to the rotation. If you don’t, offer it to a friend.
  2. Host a inspirational board party! Where do you want life to take you in 2014? What are your goals? Aspirations? Invite your business colleagues, girlfriends, or family over to brainstorm future goals for 2014. Turn on the teapot and get to work. With a group setting, it forces you to dream and explore past your comfort level and your counterparts can hold you accountable later during the year when you feel sluggish.
  3. Read a good book. With so many new indie authors out here, anything you want to know is in print or e-book for you to read. We are always so busy with life that we never take the time to stop. Force yourself to read a few sections, pages, chapters. During that time, enjoy a cup of hot tea. Schedule it in your day.
  4. Have a mid day mixer. Green tea has about 20mg of caffeine per cup {coffee = 85mg}. Why not have a green tea mid day mixer with your co workers. Around 2pm, ring a bell, turn on the teapot, and enjoy a cup like you would at the water cooler. Let the green tea give you the extra push to finish out the day!
  5. Meditate. Find a quiet place and reflect. Let your breath be slow, your mind be at peace. It only takes five minutes. After your meditation, enjoy a cup of hot tea. Your well-being will thank you for it.
  6. Just drink it! All the cool kids are doing it! Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world {water is first}. Do to be in the “in crowd”; do it for your health. Happy habits start now.

Cheers tea lovers!

raise your glass

December 30, 2013

Raise your glass to 2014!

cranberry and champagne

Here’s the perfect recipe for your New Year Gathering…

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts brewed cranberry harvest tea {directions on brewing a perfect pitcher can be found here}
  • 8 slices (quarter size and about 1/8 in. thick) peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks {about 3 in. long}
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/3 cup cognac or brandy
  • 8 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine {about 2 2/3 bottles, 750 ml. each}, chilled
  • 32 to 48 fresh cranberries, rinsed {optional, but I love a garnish}

Preparation

  1. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart pan, combine brewed cranberry harvest tea, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Boil over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. Let cool about 30 minutes, then pour through a fine strainer into a small pitcher. Chill syrup until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.
  2. For each serving, pour 2 tablespoons of the cranberry syrup and 1 teaspoon cognac into a Champagne flute {6 to 8oz}. Add 1/2 cup {4oz} Champagne. Garnish with 2 or 3 cranberries if desired.

I love starting new. New shoes. New purse. New calender. New year.

May this year start something new in you. Do you have an idea that you want to flourish? Are you considering a change of pace? Location? Have you waited long enough for {{fill in the blank}}? Let 2014 be the year you see it through. Make it happen. Shake something up.

But first, chill your bubbly, brew your tea, and raise your glass!

xoxo – the tea lady

recipe and photo:: courtesy of MyRecipes

where are you today?

December 6, 2013

Holiday Shows. Craft Fairs. Pop Ups.

We do it all!

So if you’re looking for us, you can find us here, here, and here!

Can’t wait to see your happy tea faces 🙂

 
Friday, December 06
Urban Cannibals Anniversary Party and Local Fun

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Friday, December 06 and Saturday, December 07
Decatur Holiday Marketplace at Clairemont Elementary

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, December 14
Mama’s HandMade Holiday Marketplace
 
 
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Saturday, December 14 at 10am
Georgia Grown Christmas Showcase
Atlanta State Farmer’s Market
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Now until Sunday, December 15
Sally B’s Holiday Pop Up Shop
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the happiest season of them all!

{{{are you singing?!}}}

December is here {how did arrive so soon} and the Holiday seas is in FULL swing! And it is that time to pull all of your Pinterest boards together and channel your inner craft. Even if you are semi to not-so crafty, there are things you can make to impress your friends.

Our friends at The Kitchn, have posted a recipe that we are going to attempt to add to our gift giving list {and you should too!}.

Herb Infused Honey

Herb Infused Honey

Ingredients

Basic formula: Use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup (8 ounces) of honey.

Honey: A light, mild flavored honey generally works best. {Our friends at TruBee offer an amazing honey}

Herbs: Use a single herb or a combination. Rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, and pine needles all make lovely infused honeys. You can also use spices like vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Herbs should be dry; see instructions below.

Equipment
Clean, dry jars and lids (half-pint and pint mason jars work well)
Chopstick, wooden spoon handle, or other stirrer (avoid metal, which can scratch jars)
Clean cloth for wiping jar rims
Strainer

Instructions

1. Prepare herbs: Herbs should be dry (see safety note, below) and may be in the form of whole sprigs or separated leaves, buds, and petals. Chopped herbs may infuse more quickly, but they may also be harder to strain out. (To dry fresh herbs, use an air or oven drying method, dehydrator, or microwave.)

2. Combine herbs and honey: Place herbs in the bottom of a jar and fill the jar almost to the top with honey. Using a chopstick or other implement, stir to coat the herbs with honey. Top off with more honey to fill the jar. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly.

Tip: Label the jar with the contents and date so you don’t forget!

3. Infuse: Let the herbs infuse for at least 5 days. If the herbs float to the top, turn the jar over a few times to keep them well coated. For a more intense flavor, infuse for another week or longer.

4. Strain: Strain the honey into a clean jar. Depending on the volume of honey and herbs and the size of the strainer, you may need to do this in stages. (Tip: Use the leftover herbs to make a tisane.)

5. Store: Store the honey in a tightly covered jar in a cool, dry place. It will last indefinitely.

Pair with a tin of just add honey tea and your gift giving is done.

Cheers!

fridays are fun days

November 22, 2013

As i sit at my desk, looking outside on this partly cloudy day, i think about when i was a kid. Fridays were fun days!

Now as an adult, Fridays are just the end of the work week. Thinking ahead to the next week. Trying to complete a to-do-list before quitting time. Busy weekends…

BUT I CAN THINK LIKE A KID AGAIN! I CAN MAKE FRIDAYS FUN DAYS! I CAN! I CAN!

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I will start with doodling in my calendar.

I will take a long lunch with my friends.

I will close my computer and daydream.

But first, let me finish this cup of tea.

HAPPY FRIDAY TEA LOVERS!!!

I’ll drink to that!

October 31, 2013

The perfect cup of tea for you on the go now available on our website

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love it a latte!

September 30, 2013

What’s Fall without a cup of tea!

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Fall has arrived and you must have the proper cup to enjoy the changing of the leaves. Leave it to just add honey to set you up properly. We have compiled a list of our favorite teas that are perfect, accompanied with milk (cream, almond milk, your choice) or can be enjoyed alone. Whatever you fancy, don’t let this season pass without your favorite blend in hand.

Cheers!

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Summer is in full effect!

Poolside relaxing is a must. Iced tea is a must. And popsicles are a definite must!

just add honey has compiled a few recipes that are easy to prepare and will keep you and the kiddies happy while you beat the heat!

Sweet Tea Popsicles

sweet tea popsicles

Ingredients

Directions
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and pour over tea bag {1/4 cup loose tea in teabag/infuser/cheesecloth}
Brew for 5 minutes, squeeze tea bag and discard.
Add 3/4 cup of sugar, stir until dissolved.
Add 1 cup of ice and stir until melted.
Pour sweet tea into popsicle molds and freeze.

Lemon & Green Tea Popsicles

lemon & green tea popsiclesIngredients

  • ¼ Cup Meyer Lemon Juice
  • 1 ¼ Cups Water, for lemonade
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Water, for tea
  • ¼ Cup Green Tea {try our tropical green or sencha green tea}
  • 10 Leaves Basil

Directions

Juice the Meyer lemons.
Bring the 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil and brew your green tea per its instructions.
While the tea steeps, tear up the basil leaves and add them to the lemon juice.
Add just enough green tea to cover and mull them.
Add the remaining tea and let it steep for about 15 minutes.
Add the remaining water and remove the basil leaves.
Add the sugar and mix it all well.
Divide the mixture amongst your popsicle molds and freeze them.
Enjoy in about 7 to 10 hours.
 

Strawberry Basil Green Tea Popsicles

strawberry basil green tea popsiclesIngredients

Directions

In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

Divide mixture between popsicle molds and freeze for 6 hours.

Cheers!

IT’S NATIONAL ICED TEA MONTH

iced tea sangria

June is National Iced Tea Month. And just add honey loves to celebrate!!!!!

So… We’ve created new flavors for the Spring/Summer that you are sure to love, Love, LOVE!

Visit us every Saturday at the Piedmont Park Farmer’s Market and sample our new flavors. We promise they will quench your thirst and make you a believer.

See you this Saturday!

photo courtesy of:: Martha Stewart