Mint Lemon Ice Sticks

May 15, 2013

Spring drinks are not the same without the proper garnish!!!

Fancy up your iced tea mint to be tea with mint lemon ice sticks from Le Zoe Musings.
Or try vanilla ice cubes from oh my veggies. Perfect for an iced rooibos chai latte.

Stay cool tea lovers…

It’s that time of the year again. Time to fancy up your water for those incredible summertime outdoor get-togethers! I recently made some mint lemon ice sticks using an ice stick tray. Easy, refreshing, and oooh… So Fancy!

mint-lemon-ice-sticksAdd mint leaves, tiny lemon slices, and water into the ice tray mold. Freeze and enjoy. Imagine all the yummy refreshing combos you can make!

mint lemon ice sticks3Using them as stirring sticks is such a fun way to enjoy your water or with any other ice-dependent drinks.

mint lemon ice sticks2mint lemon ice sticks4And when the ice sticks melt, your water will still be prettily infused.

Have a great Tuesday!

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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}.

ga peaches chocolate

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!

National Tea Month

January 30, 2013

tea pot

January is National Tea Month!

What better month to celebrate all of teas’ glory than in the beginning of the year. If your New Year’s Resolution is like half of America, weight loss and healthier living starts with what you put in your mouth. So why not start with a cup of tea! Green, rooibos, herbal teas… it doesn’t matter. Any cup will do.

Happy New Year and Here’s to a great 2013!

pinkies up, optional

December 12, 2012

We are having a tea party. We are having a tea party!

And you’re invited. You’re welcome.

Put on your prettiest dress or a sharp suit, and grab your coat and come to the parTEA!

On our menu, we will serve…

Three hot teas {earl grey cream (of course) . jasmine . chamomile fruit}

Two iced teas {georgia peaches . berries!}

Fresh fruit

And the yummiest tea sandwiches on this side of the Mississippi! I’ll even give you the recipe, but you must promise not to tell a soul (Martha Stewart told me)!

 

Tea Sandwiches

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 16 very thin slices white bread
  • 1/4 pound Prosciutto or ham
  • Thinly sliced English cucumber
  • Ground pepper

In a small bowl, combine butter, chives, and mustard. Spread bread slices with a layer of seasoned butter. Top 8 bread slices with 2 slices each prosciutto and a layer of sliced cucumber. Season with pepper. Sandwich with remaining bread slices, buttered side down. With a sharp knife, cut off crusts, then cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal. Serve immediately or transfer to a platter and refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, up to 3 hours.

recipe and image courtesy of :: Martha Stewart

get your holiday on!

November 2, 2012

The ghosts and goblins are gone and the weather is cooling off, so that means it’s the beginning of the Holiday Season!

just add honey loves the holidays and we love to see you at the Holiday Markets! Whether you are getting a gift for a friend or stocking up on favs for yourself, we will be around to give you your tea fix!

Saturday, November 3
Holiday Traditions 2012 {Marist School}
9am – 4pm
Admission: $3
Friday and Saturday, November 9 & 10
Marketplace 2012 {presented by The Medical Center Auxiliary}
Friday 9:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday 9:30am – 5pm
Saturday, November 17
Holiday Marketplace {St. Pius X}
9am – 3pm
Friday and Saturday, November 30 & December 1
Decatur Holiday Marketplace {Clairemont Elementary}
Friday 5:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8
Mama’s Handmade Holiday
11am – 4pm

Come and experience chocolate this weekend at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!

In a previous post, From tree to bean: the cacao harvest, we talked about the bean and how we use it in some of our teas. On Sunday, September 16, from 10a-3p, you can enjoy a sip of our teas, bites from local chefs, and see the bean, up close and personal.

We hope you can join us!

just add honey loves a good cocktail!

And today is OPENING DAY for the 2012 Olympic Games. Since tea is the beverage of choice in London and nothing says celebration like gin, just add honey offers a cocktail recipe that will have the crowd going wild. {insert applause here}

What better way to celebrate London style!

Chamomile Gin Cocktail

Chamomile Gin Cocktail 

ingredients…

  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers {our chamomile fruit will delight your taste buds}
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups London dry gin
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

directions…

  • Mix chamomile and 6 Tbsp. very hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in honey; mash chamomile with a wooden spoon. Let cool slightly. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on solids to release liquid. Discard solids in sieve. Add gin, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice to pitcher.
  • Stir until ice is melted. Divide among chilled coupe glasses
    Pinkies up!
    Photo and recipe courtesy of :: Bon Appetit Magazine

Every weekend Williams Sonoma offers Chef Demos in store, and guest who is the Chef this Sunday, June 10 from 2-4pm?

Our very own “tea lady”, Brandi Shelton. Learn about the leaf, best brewing practices, and tips on enjoying the perfect cup! You can also get great suggestions for Father’s Day gifts {June 17}.

So if you are in the Atlanta area, stop into Lenox Square Mall and visit the Williams Sonoma Store {2nd floor near Bloomingdales}. The Chef “tea lady” will be happy to see you!

Chef “tea lady”

Is your pantry stocked with boxes, tins, and bags of tea?!

Do you have a dedicated shelf to the leaf?!

Maybe our "tea pantry" is getting a little bit out of control?

Allow just add honey to offer 10 uses for all of that tea {and save the good stuff for drinking!}

1. Soak your toes!

Peppermint, spearmint, or Chamomile tea are soothing teas that will help relax and revive your feet {and get rid of the stink!!!}

2. Add to your compost.

Loose leaf tea is great in the compost. Don’t trash it, compost it baby!

3. Rest your weary eyes.

Place a tea bag {herbal only} on your lids to reduce puffiness.

4. Get the antique look.

Antique lace. Tea stained paper. Soak your medium in black tea {check it often to achieve the color you want} and you have a dyed masterpiece awaiting.

5. Make drawer sachets.

Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile, you name it, makes a delightful bouquet for drawer sachets. Get fancy and make some or fill a cheese cloth, rubber band it close and drop it in your drawer.

6. Freshen your breath.

Gargle with your favorite tea {Peppermint does wonders} to have kissable breath.

7. Spring clean the house.

Use a damp teabag or a spray bottle filled with tea instead of your regular household cleaner. A strong black tea works best.

8. Ease your sunburned body.

After fun in the sun, use cold wet tea bags on sunburned parts of your skin to soothe the burns.

9. Marinate your meat.

Impress your friends with a new brine!

10. Drink it!

Iced, hot, with champagne or vodka… Tea is a versatile beverage that is perfect any time, for any occasion.

Cheers!

 

pantry image courtesy of:: The Smiths :: flick’r creative commons

You have loose leaf tea in your pantry among all of that bagged tea stuff. It’s pretty. It smells good. But what do you do with it?!

Fret not! just add honey knows tea. And we know how to blend the perfect cup. Pay attention, folks.

All teas are brewed with different times and water temperatures. Have you had a bitter cup? Well, it’s probably because it wasn’t brewed properly.

First, what do I put these leaves in?

There are several brewing vessels that you can use to enjoy a good cup of loose leaf tea.

This stainless steel teaspoon infuser is perfect for a single cup. Fill one side with tea, level it off, and dunk it a 8oz cup of hot water.

These biodegradable, unbleached tea filters from TeaBrew are our personal favorite. They can be used for a single cup or a pot! But don’t over stuff your bag:: tea expands and if is stuffed; Where will it go? How will it breathe?

Do you have friends coming over? Good. Pull out this stainless steel teapot infuser and your good china. It rests inside of your teapot and fill it up based on how many cups your teapot will hold.

Get it. Got it. Good.

Now for the water and time.

Here’s an easy chart to get you started… It’s tea time!

Brewing Instructions

tea

temperature in°F

steeping time

black teas

{medium caffeine}

boiling (212°F)

2 ½ -3 minutes

green tea

{light caffeine}

steaming (180°F) 2-2½ minutes
herbal & fruit teas

{caffeine free}

boiling (212°F)

 up to 5 minutes