smooth’tea’

March 11, 2014

You’ve pulled out your blender to make a smoothie. Now what?
ADD TEA TO IT!!!
With the warmer temperatures here to stay (we hope), there should always be iced tea on hand. So, no matter your favorite flavor, there’s a smooth’tea’ you can enjoy.
We started with our sweet tart iced tea
Added frozen strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. Threw in a few chia seeds, and you’re looking at refreshing!

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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

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

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!

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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

The Flavor of Georgia event was a blast! We picked up our apron, set up our space, and could not wait to introduce our tea to Georgia! We met Senators, Congressmen, Lobbyists, and several other prominent figures in and around the state. We received rave reviews and look forward to a busy 2013.

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tea lady at Flavor of Ga

We also met so many new food companies, made new friends, and sampled WAY too much food!!!

Our neighbors, and now buddy, Gayla’s Grits, keep us in stitches {and our bellies full} with her truth humor and delicious corn milled grits. I have so many grit recipes I can’t wait to try, I’m going to make the house sick! Okay, maybe not sick, but I’ve already made olive oil grits in the crock pot. Grits with Rotel is next on the menu!

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Our neighbors on the right make spices to aid in down home Southern Soul food. Their entry: collard green spices. The spices enhance the flavor of your greens and reduce the cook time. Brilliant, I tell ya! Their collards and corn bread was a huge hit at the sampling table.

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I have a sweet tooth that I just can not shake and the ladies from Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies did not help me with my problem. Their sea salt caramel bars were AMAZING! I forced myself to stay away {considering I wasn’t a judge!}, but boy was it difficult. And they were nice ladies too. Charming and fun to be around. I hope I run into them again soon.

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And the winner of the Flavor of Georgia Contest 2013 was none other than our friends, Chocolate South!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy’s Georgia Peach Tea Bonbons uses our ‘georgia peaches tea‘ as its infusion to make the delicious {and award winning} flavor! We are overly thrilled! Congrats Amy!!!!!!!!!!!

georgia peach tea bonbon

we have flavor!

March 7, 2013

just add honey is honored to be chosen as a finalist in the Flavor of Georgia 2013 contest!

georgia_peachesBusinesses in Georgia submitted their best and our Georgia Peaches loose leaf tea was chosen as a finalist {exciting, huh}. We will strut our stuff along side so many talented Georgia food companies.

Our friends at Chocolate South are also finalist! Amy Stankus, creator and proprietor, created a Georgia Peaches BonBon that has our Georgia Peaches tea infused in her chocolate goodness {my mouth waters just typing the words}.

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Other companies include sauces, jams and jellies, meat, cheeses, and snacks…

So, if you’re free and in the Atlanta area, stop by the freight Depot and have a sample. You can decide for yourself who has the Flavor of Georgia. We will be there to wash down your thirsty little mouths with our soon to be award-winning Georgia Peaches tea!