Tea of the Week For December 9, 2019: Cranberry Blush Green Tea!
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Cranberry Blush Green Tea!
Tea Description: This blend was inspired by the cocktail of the same name. Admittedly, I've not tried the cocktail - I'm not much of a drinker . . . of alcohol, anyway. A good Matcha is about the strongest drink I'll imbibe. But I definitely enjoy a cocktail inspired tea blend now and then!
The recipe for the cranberry blush cocktail that I found was made with champagne, cranberry juice and lemonade - so I used that as the basis for my recipe for this tea blend. i started with a beautiful Long Mei Yunnan green tea and added a bunch of freeze-dried cranberries & some dried lemon wedges. Then I added champagne essence to add a bit of "bubbly" to the blend.
The result is rather lovely. It tastes very festive - Champagne notes & pleasant cranberry flavor brightened with a hint of lemon. Really nice! Like a holiday celebration in your teacup! It's VEGAN, gluten-free, allergen-free & alcohol-free!
ingredients: green tea, organic cranberries, organic lemons & organic natural flavors
I'll be honest - when it comes to test tasting some of the cocktail inspired teas that I craft, I'm just a little bit hesitant. I'm not sure exactly why because when it comes right down to it, I actually enjoy them. But I've never been much of a drinker - certainly more so in my youth than I am now, but even when I was young - I didn't consume much back then either. So I think I'm usually just a little worried I won't care for the blend - or more to the point, that I wouldn't be able to identify what it should actually taste like because I'm rather inexperienced with alcoholic beverages.
Anyway, all that confession is my way of saying that I'm really enjoying this - despite my initial hesitancy. It's really quite refreshing. I get the champagne notes. I get a burst of cranberry flavor. I get a twist of lemon & it brightens the whole cup. It's really quite nice!
to brew: this is a tea that you really want to break out the scale to measure, if you have one. the curly, voluminous Long Mei leaves take up a lot of space on that teaspoon but doesn't give an accurate representation of how much tea is actually on that spoon. use 2 1/2 grams of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (175°F). allow to steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. enjoy!