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July 25, 2014

Green Tea Against Halitosis!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:05 am


According to scientific research, green tea can help fight bad breath! A study conducted at the Institute of Technology in Israel found that antioxidants in tea destroy a number of compounds in the mouth that can lead to bad breath, tooth decay and mouth cancer. The study, published in the journal Archives of Oral Biology, examined particularly the properties of the antioxidant called “epigallocatechin 3 gallate” (EGCG).

Oral cavity, oxidative stress and inflammation consequent to cigarettes’ deleterious compounds may also be reduced in the presence of the antioxidants found in green tea.

While more studies to substantiate these findings are necessary, scientists agree that there is an increasing interest in finding out how green tea benefits oral health.


July 21, 2014

Minty Cleansing Mask

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am


Monsoon season here in Arizona always weighs me down and it is difficult to move through the day, get in and out of cars that feel more like microwave ovens and do all that looking fresh!

All I want to do these days is to cool down – whether with a nice iced tea, a dip in the pool or this refreshing minty cleansing mask. It is easy to use herbs that grow in your own garden or that you can easily purchase in homemade beauty recipes.

Since I am using sour cream which contains lactic acid and protein (both helpful in cleansing), this simple mask removes dead skin cells and the mint energizes, cools and refreshes:

1/4 cup sour cream

2tbsp oatmeal

1 tbsp. fresh chopped mint leaves

Mix the sour cream, oatmeal and mint. Massage the paste into  your face and neck and leave on for about 20 minutes.

Rinse with warm water first, then follow with cool water so the pores close again.

Refrigerate the leftover mask.

It’s the perfect ending to a hot summer day!


July 18, 2014

Rooibos Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 9:47 am

While I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, during these hot Arizona summer months, there is little activity in my kitchen – unless I find a recipe for a cool and refreshing treat like the Rooibos Dulce De Leche Ice Cream. It is really easy to make and you will savor every bit of it – I promise!


2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

4 tbsp dry red rooibos

1 2/3 cups dulce de leche

1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream and rooibos. Bring to a full boil, then remove from heat. Allow rooibos to steep in the milk/cream misture for 15 minutes, then pour the mixture into a medium-sized bowl, straining out the leaves and stems with a fine-mesh strainer or filter. Whisk in the dulce de leche until disolved. Whisk in vanilla.

Chill the mixture for several hours or overnight.  Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker or in your freezer until it is almost firm, then transfer it to an airtight container and return it to the freezer  for at least another hours so it can harden.


July 14, 2014

A Cool Dessert – Tea Scented Melon

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am


Saturday I was at the local Farmer’s market to get my produce for the week. It was very obvious which fruits are in season – Melons! From water melon to honey dew to cantaloupe, there is no shortage on these wonderfully refreshing summer fruits.

There are many ways you can prepare and enjoy melons. I recently tried a recipe that caught my eye because it involved tea – “Tea Scented Melon”, it combines the refreshing, light taste of cantaloupe and honeydew melon with the floral notes of jasmine tea – Do I need to say more?

The perfect dessert or snack when temperatures are soaring; easy to preapre and even easier to eat!

Ingredients:  4 tsp (10g) of jasmine green tea

2 cups hot water (175F)

2 tbsp honey

2 pounds mixed melon: cantaloupe and honeydew

1/2 cup mint leaves

Steep the tea in the water for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tea and stir in the honey.

Arrange the melon wedges in a 9-by 13-inch baking dish, and pour half of the tea syrup over top. Sprinkle with mint, and refrigerate, flipping melon half way through for 45 minutes.

Serve with the remaining tea syrup.


July 11, 2014

Tea Parties with a Twist…….

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:00 am


Take the traditional Afternoon Tea and put a unique twist on it. Scones and dainty cucumber sandwiches may not be for everybody, but that does not mean you have to miss out.  On the contrary, bring your creativity and your own flavor to the party and surprise your guests.

Instead of the traditional fare, offer cannoli or croissants and why serve tea hot? This time of year, you may want to offer a selection of iced teas – or even bring out a pitcher of lemonade for some Arnold Palmers.

Also try some of the following themes and surprise your guests with a

The Poisoned Cup

Why not weave a murder mystery into the tea party! Find a script online and rework it  to suit your purpose. Maybe you can even come up with your own. Provide costumes and invent new names for you “poisonous” teas.

Tea Blending

Instead of serving certain teas, have a tea blending contest. Provide a number of different teas and ingredients (dried fruit, herbs, etc.), set them up on a table with bowls, measuring spoons and plastic gloves. Then let your guests go to work and create their own blend. Pick a panel of judges who picks the best concoction and have a price for the winner.

Mystery Steep

Test your guest’s tea knowledge and palate and see who can correctly identify types of tea in a blind taste test. The person with the most correct guesses wins a new tea pot!

I am sure, by now, you  are thinking of other ideas how you can turn your next tea party into a completely new and fantastic event!

If you do – share them with us!


July 7, 2014

Blueberry Matcha Lemonade

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am


Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?

Our blueberry matcha lemonade is the perfect complement for your Fourth of July picnic!

Refreshing, full of flavor and healthy too…


  • 1 1/4 tsp Blueberry Matcha (available at Souvia)
  • 8 cups of Water
  • 3/4 cups of white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice
  • 1 lemon


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 3/4 cups of sugar and bring to a light boil until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the 1 cup of mixed sugar water with 7 cups of water,  1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, a 1 1/4 tsp of Matcha into a pitcher.
  4. Slice up the lemon and pick out the seeds, but leave the pulp. Add the slices of lemon to the pitcher, add ice, stir and serve.


July 3, 2014

Four Tea Cocktails for Your July Fourth Celebration!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:00 am

4th of July


Tea Cocktails are the latest craze – get your antioxidants and your favorite alcoholic beverage – at the same time! But even if you prefer you cocktail to be a “mock-tail” – follow the recipe and omit the alcohol -for a refreshing summer drink.

I found these recipes on another tea-lover’s blog and thought I’d pass them on:

1. Asian Spicy Cucumber Honey Green Tea

10 slices of cucumber (about 1/4 inch thick), 2 slices lime (1/4 inch ), pinch red pepper

32 oz of prepared green tea, 1tbs. honey

1/4 cup vodka

Crush cucumber, lime and red pepper with wooden spoon in 1 quart glass measuring cup. Stir in tea and vodka. Strain and serve in iced-filled glasses. Garnish, if desired, with additional cucumber and lime.


2. Peach Blueberry-Basil Iced Tea

1/4 cup blueberries

5 large fresh basil leaves

32 fl oz of prepared Souvia black peach tea

1/4 cup light rum

Crush blueberries and basil with wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup. Stir in rum and tea. Strain and serve  in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with blueberries and basil.

3. Peach-Ginger Tea Thyme

3 thin slices ginger, 2 sprigs fresh thyme

32 fl oz of prepared Souvia Georgia Peach

1/4 cup bourbon

Crush ginger and thyme with wooden spoon in a glass measuring cup. Stir in the tea and bourbon. Strain and serve in iced filled glasses.

4. Minted Melon Iced Honey Green Tea

6 cubes honey dew melon

15 large fresh mint leaves

32 fl oz prepared green tea, 1tbsp. honey

1/4 cup vodka

Crush melon and mint with wooden spoon in glass measuring cup. Stir in green tea and vodka. Strain and serve over ice. Garnish

All recipes make 2 servings. For a pitcher, simply double the recipe!

Happy 4th……..and Cheers!