meet matcha

April 21, 2015

matcha

It’s green. It’s hot. It’s fresh. It’s new {but not really}. It’s MATCHA!

It’s the new “IT DRINK”.

Made from finely milled green tea, it’s perfect as a morning healthy kick in the pants or afternoon pick me up. Lovely as a tea latte or a different twist in your smoothie, matcha has so many ways that it can be enjoyed. Because it is in powder form, it is easily added to ice cream to yogurt; popsicles to desserts.

At Two Red Bowls, they offer a recipe for Matcha Shortbread Cookies. We think it’s perfect with a cup of tea.

Tell us how you enjoy your matcha or stop in our shop and let us whip you up a cup!

Cheers!

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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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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!

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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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

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

ooh honey!

July 6, 2012

Here’s our favorite Summer honey recipe:

{from our friends at TruBee Honey}

Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups milk
{I use 2 percent}

3/4 cup honey
{you can use all but 2 oz. of a 12 oz. TruBee jar, saving the remainder for topping}

dash of salt

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

In saucepan, heat milk but don’t burn or “scald” it.
Stir in honey and salt.
Pour small amount of warm liquid into eggs; return to milk mixture and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or less, stirring constantly.
Cool thoroughly.
Stir in cream and vanilla.
Chill.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
When serving, drizzle with remaining honey.
Makes about 5 cups and is delicious on a hot summer evening!

Variation: I plan to try it with fresh Georgia peaches this weekend, but strawberries or blueberries would also be good.

we make a mean marTEAni

February 24, 2012

 

It’s five o’clock somewhere!

just add honey was in the kitchen, playing around with vodka and lemons, and the marTEAni was born. We’re no ‘mixologist’, but we think this drinky is pretty darn good!

Brew a strong pitcher of tea {1/2 cup of berries! tea . 8 cups of cold water.} When ready, pour a 6oz of brewed tea in a glass, add ice, 1oz vodka {don’t worry, you can refill your glass as often as you like. we won’t tell}, and a squeeze of half a lemon.
Stir.
Drink.
Repeat.

Cheers!