Tea deserves to be celebrated; after all it is the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water. Over the past decade tea has experienced a renaissance here in the U.S. largely due to the multitude of its health benefits. Research supports what the ancients in China have known all along – that drinking tea regularly may promote overall health and well being and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Tea may be medicine in a cup, but is also a wonderful drink, complex in taste and aroma and with a selection of over 3000 different varieties, there is much to be explored.
Whether you drink tea for health, to sooth you mind, or simply for pleasure, celebrate Hot Tea Month with these ideas:
- Try a winter flavor –
Ginger, Cinnamon and Cardamom are delicious and warming, or add orange and lemon peel to a black or green tea for a zesty note.
2. Use good quality tea- Ask a Souvia Tea Consultant and find out why loose leave tea trumps tea bags! Learn how to make the “perfect cup of tea” – water quality, temperature and steeping time are important factors in preparing tea the right way.
- Expand your horizon
Always stuck with your good old favorite blend? This month, try something new- a silver needle white tea or a Darjeeling oolong. If you usually drink flavored teas, try something non-flavored and if you prefer iced tea, give hot a chance.
4. Create your own blends – be creative and try blend your favorite flavors for a new taste experience
- Cook with tea
Tea is not just for drinking. There are many ways you can incorporate tea in cooking or baking. Add a nice jasmine flavor to rice by boiling it in jasmine tea instead of water.
- Hold a tea tasting
Invite some friends and have them bring their favorite tea, then sample each other’s selections and maybe you’ll find a new favorite!
- .Nurture yourself
Take some time for yourself with a nice cup of herbal tea. Rejuvenate with peppermint or relax with a blend of chamomile and lavender
- Read a tea book
With a cup of tea by your side, lose yourself in a good book
- Tea with a twist
Need something a little stronger, take your afternoon tea in a “Mar-tea-ni”.
- Take a tea class
Sign up for a class at Souvia and explore the world of tea during a fun and hands-on “infotainment” session.
No matter when and how you drink your tea, celebrate National Hot Tea Month with us at Souvia and be sure to make tea a constant companion during 2016!