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November 21, 2014

Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

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

Last week I found this great recipe for a earl grey/chocolate cake, and this week I stumbled upon another recipe that used the traditional earl grey blend: Hot Chocolate! This drink is loaded with antioxidants from both dark chocolate and tea. Best of all, it does not use any dairy, making it a perfect alternative for all those of you who have dairy cut out of their diet.

Ingredients:  6 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons loose-leaf premium earl grey (black)

2 cups boiling water

1 tsp freshly grated orange zest (optional)

Place the cocoa and agave in a heatproof pitcher. Place tea in a second pitcher or bowl and pour 2 cups boiling water over it. Steep for about 3 minutes. Strain over cocoa and agave nectar and add orange zest. Whisk until slightly frothy. Pour into two cups and enjoy.





November 14, 2014

Ceylon Teas

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

In 1972, Ceylon reverted to its original name “Sri Lanka”. But the teas produced there are still marketed worldwide as Ceylon Teas.

Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, is an island nation roughly the size of New York state. Despite the small size, the country is the third largest tea producer behind giants such as India and China. Most of the tea produced in India and China is consumed domestically, Sri Lanka, however exports most of its tea, making it the world’s largest exporter.

The island grows tea in different districts with different climates, each producing teas with unique taste characteristics. Most of the the classic Ceylon teas come from the highland regions of Dimbula, Kandy, Uva and Nuwara Eliya.


Ceylon teas vary in taste depending on their origin. They make make ideal breakfast or afternoon teas and can be enjoyed as self-drinkers or with milk, sugar or lemon.

It is said that Ceylon teas are Sri Lanka’s gift to the world – visit us today and check out our new Ceylon


November 10, 2014

Smoky Lapsang Pecans

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 9:56 am


Football season is in full swing and what is watching a game of football without friends, beer, wings and pizza. If you ask me, those menu choices are not only unhealthy, but downright boring.  Why not surprise your football fans with a healthier and tastier treat like these Smoky Lapsang Pecans. They combine salty-sweet flavors with the smokiness of Lapsang Souchong tea and are a far cry from the mainstream game fare.

For about 8 cups you need:

2tbsp. loose leaf Lapsang Souchong

6 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2tsp. sea salt (you can also use smoked sea salt for a more intense flavor)

1/4tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4tsp. ground allspice, 1/4tsp. cayenne pepper

1 egg white

1tbsp. water

1lb pecan halves

Grind the tea leaves in a spice grinder. You should end up with just over 1tbsp. In a small bowl, mix together the ground tea, sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Add the water, then add the tea mixture and whisk well. let rest for 15 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve and the flavors to blend.

Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

After 15 minutes whisk the mixture briefly then add the pecans. Stir well to coat the nuts as evenly as possible. Spread the nuts on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to oven and reduce the temp. to 250F. Bake for45-60 minutes until the nuts are crisp. Remove from oven and le cool

Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in freezer.

Serve at your next football party and score a touchdown!

November 7, 2014


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

almondorange gingerbread holidaydelight


…….for sugar and spice and everything delicious! In this spirit, we are introducing this year’s holiday selection. While we are bringing back old favorites, we found some new and noteworthy flavors that you should not miss.

Blends like Holiday Delight, Nutcracker Suite and Almond Orange Spice remind me of my mother’s kitchen where scents of cinnamon, cloves and ginger filled the air.

If you are a fan of ginger snap cookies, you have to try our Gingerbread House, a Rooibos blend that not only captures the cookie flavor without the calories, but is also caffeine free and therefore makes the perfect night cup!

Nuts and Citrus fruit are abundant during the holiday season, and often used in cooking and baking. For this reason, we included them in our tea selection with flavors such as Nutalicious, a green tea with walnuts, almonds and coconut and our new Arizona Sunset , another green tea blend with flavors of blood orange.

If I sparked your curiosity and made your mouth water, then my job is done…….
It’s up to you now to stop by the store or take a look online and find out which of these blends will become your favorite this holiday season!


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November 3, 2014

Hibiscus/Elderberry Tea – Great Taste

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

Kicks off this month by kick starting your Immune system with this vitamin-packed tea blend!

Both, hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)  and elderberries (Sambucca nigra) are rich in vitamin C and antimicrobial properties. While much of the hibiscus research has revolved around its blood pressure lowering action, it is also used medicinally to treat coughs and fevers.

Elderberries have long been used in Europe to make wonderful pies, preserves, wine and syrups – but is also known and popular for its decongestant properties and as a tonic to the mucous membranes.

If you ask me,  they make  a great pair to ward of nasty viruses!

For two cups (16 fl oz) of tea, use

1 tbs dried hibiscus flowers

1 tbs fresh or 2 tsp dried elderberries

2 cups boiling water

Combine the hibiscus and elderberries, add boiling water, cover and let steep for 10-20 minutes. (the longer you steep the tea, the more medicinal constituents are extracted) Strain, sweeten with honey or agave syrup.

Add some ice and you have a refreshing summer iced tea!” Two for one” – it can’t get any better!