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Social Tea – How to Create Warmth, Welcome and Community with Tea

Let me take you somewhere new for a moment. You’re in India on a crowded street first thing in the morning. Despite the early hour, the air is thick with humidity and that humidity locks all the smells in the air; the dust kicked up from the sidewalk, the spices boiling in the morning dal, and, on every corner you turn, the spicy sweet aroma of masala chai tea.

Let’s try a new place. We’re going to Morocco now. You’re by the ocean, sitting in a café overlooking the sea where you can smell the salt in the air. An elegantly adorner silver pot is put before you, suffused with the unforgettable aroma of sweet, mint green tea.

Maybe these places are too exotic for you. We can go to France instead, a city where the evenings are filled with music and the plates are decorated with pastries so beautiful it’s difficult to eat them. The tea is dark and familiar even if the sidewalks and architecture are relics of romanticized history.

These are a few examples, but no matter where you go in the world, tea has its own distinct culture. Despite the differences, there’s a common thread uniting these people, cultures, and histories across the globe and that’s community. Where there’ a hub for tea, there are people gathering to share ideas and enjoy each other’s companionship. No matter if you’re drinking tea in India, China, Japan, Pakistan, or right in your own home, you can embrace a world-wide culture of community.

Ever since I began drinking tea, it became bonded to my identity among close friends. If they came over to talk, they knew a pot of tea would be waiting. Sometimes they brought over little sweets in anticipation. All around the world tea houses and tea rooms are places for individuals of like and unlike minds to gather and converse, to laugh, and build a family outside of blood ties.

Inviting someone into your space and offering them a warm, comforting beverage shows an openness and trust that’s easy to respond to in kind. I’ve made countless friends and developed some of the deepest relationships of my life while sharing a cup of tea. It brings out the stories in people; It brings out the laughter. How could it not when tea itself has inspired countless legends- when it’s traveled so far through history to be in your cup?

With a few subtle touches, tea drinking can transform a cozy night into a romantic candlelit evening. Try adding dried rose petals to your favorite jasmine tea. The fragrance will fill the room without the need for heavy scented candles. (And it pairs great with chocolate.) Or, you can try your hand at making the Strawberry Rosé Latte which I’ll tell you how to make in just a bit. Trust me, it’s easier than you might think.

Strawberry Rosé Latte

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What you need:

  • 16 oz boiled water
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry Rose Oolong tea
  • Honey or Agave (about 1 tbsp if desired)
  • 4 oz milk of choice
  • Whipped cream
  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried strawberry pieces or powder
  • Lots of Love!

Steep the tea in the water for 3 minutes or longer if you like your tea strong as I do, and add the sweetener you like. While that’s brewing, froth your milk. If you don’t have a frother then heating it up will do just fine. Adding cold milk to tea is fine, but it will make the tea room temperature instead of hot.

Add it all together, and top with whipped cream, roses and strawberries.

This tea makes a great dessert, especially paired with chocolate covered strawberries. Not only is it sweet and warming, but the oolong tea will help you digest the dinner you likely had first.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or life partners, I hope you enjoy their company around your favorite tea knowing you’re following the example of cultures and communities around the world.

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Stay healthy and drink lots of tea.

Melissa ~ Tea Barista

Tea Recipes

TEA-Garitas Anyone? DIY Tea Cocktails

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here & margaritas are on everyone’s mind! Put a spin on a classic & get mixing with TEA.

A lot of restaurants & bars use margarita mix, which is loaded with sugar, empty calories & artificial ingredients (leaving you with a terrible headache the next morning!)

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Try a TEA-GARITA instead! Tea is a healthy low-calorie mixer.

Celebrate while replenishing your body with antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. Plus you’ll love trying a unique & delicious take on a classic.

Get steeping at home with 3 Refreshing, Healthy & Easy Tea Cocktail Recipes!


 

Watermelon Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz Sweet Watermelon Tea
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt (for rimming glass) optional
  • fresh berries to garnish

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs of Sweet Watermelon in 3 oz boiling water for 3 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let tea cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling, prepare cocktail glass with salt rim if desired (*see below for easy DIY tip). 
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Garnish & enjoy!

 


 

Starfruit Green Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Reposado Tequila
  • 3 oz Starfruit Green Tea
  • 2 tbs fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • pineapple slices

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs Starfruit Green in 3 oz of under-boiled water (170°F) for 2 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let tea cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling, prepare cocktail glass & lime juice.
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Top it off with lime juice, garnish & enjoy!

 


Tangerine Ginger Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Tangerine Ginger Tea
  • 2 tbs fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • lemon/orange slice to garnish

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs Tangerine Ginger in 3 oz of boiling water for 3 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling prepare cocktail glass & orange juice.
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Top it off with orange juice, garnish & enjoy!

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Enjoy your Tea-Garitas & celebrations, and be safe!

Try this recipe at home? Tag us in your photos on Instagram, we’d love to hear from you!


Enjoy your margarita with salt?

*To Rim Glass: Run a lime wedge along the rim of your cocktail glass. Pour 1/4 cup coarse salt onto a small plate. Hold glass upside down & twist the rim in the salt back & forth until its evenly coated.*

Health

Drink Matcha, Stay Healthy

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MATCHA is truly a magical tea. It has numerous health benefits & is considered the healthiest green tea for you. It originates from Japan, and is the entire green tea leaf stone ground into a powder (matcha means powder in Japanese). One cup of MATCHA has 10 times the antioxidants of a regular cup of green tea.

MATCHA is a great alternative to coffee. It doesn’t increase blood pressure. And it also gives you long lasting energy without the caffeine crash & jitters like coffee. It contains an amino acid (L-theanine) that improves cognitive function, increases alertness, and promotes relaxation…also known as zenergy. Studies have shown MATCHA can offer many health benefits, read below to learn more!

15 REASONS TO DRINK MATCHA

  1. Boosts Metabolism
  2. Strengthens Immune System
  3. Antioxidant Rich
  4. Increases Endurance
  5. Promotes Healthy Skin
  6. Mood Enhancer
  7. Lowers Cholesterol
  8. Detoxifies
  9. Helps Prevent Cancer & Shrink Tumor Growth
  10. Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  11. Rich in Vitamin A, C, Iron, Potassium & Calcium
  12. Anti-Inflammatory
  13. Relieves Stress
  14. Burns Fat
  15. Improves Memory

 

Matcha Isn’t Just for Drinking!

Because MATCHA is a fine powder, you can cook with it too! Try some of our delicious recipes:

Tea Recipes

Raspberry Matcha Cake

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Surprise Mom with something new this year. Treat her to a delicious, one of a kind dessert on her special day.

This simple white cake recipe features our NEW TEA…RASPBERRY MATCHA! It’s the highest grade of organic Matcha blended with raspberry extract. The refreshing raspberry note adds a lovely natural sweetness.

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New to cooking with MATCHA? It’s easy! Matcha is a premium Japanese Green Tea that is stone ground into a fine powder, making it very easy to blend into smoothies, batters, frosting etc.

It offers 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea, it increases metabolism,  strengthens immune system, & helps prevent cancer.

This Raspberry Matcha Cake will be a lovely addition to your Mother’s Day celebration, and it pairs perfectly with tea too!

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~RASPBERRY MATCHA CAKE RECIPE~

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 TSP baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 TBS Raspberry Matcha

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease & flour a 9 x 9 in pan.
  2. Cream together butter & sugar in a medium bowl with electric mixture, until it forms a smooth creamy texture.
  3. Beat in eggs (one at a time) into sugar-butter mixture, then stir in vanilla.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, & Raspberry Matcha in small bowl, then add to creamed mixture & mix until well combined.
  5. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth.
  6. Pour batter into greased pan & bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. *Extra time? Try this easy Butter Cream Frosting recipe & garnish with fresh raspberries!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful customers!

~Your Friends at The Green Teahouse~

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THE 24: Tropical Tea Cocktail

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We had the pleasure of partnering with 24 North Main, West Hartford’s newest luxury apartments, to create a signature TEA COCKTAIL for their grand opening.

 THE 24 is a refreshing tropical cocktail that captures all the flavors of summer! The recipe is simple & easy, it only has 3 ingredients…

Golden Mango Oolong Tea ~ Pineapple Juice ~ Vodka

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Make THE 24 your signature summer cocktail. It’s a new & exciting drink that’s easy to put together for your next party or cookout!

~THE 24 TEA COCKTAIL RECIPE~

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz brewed Golden Mango Oolong, sweetened with 1 TBS honey
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz vodka

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 TBS of Golden Mango Oolong in 8 oz hot water for 3 minutes.
  2. Strain out leaves & sweeten with honey.
  3. Mix tea, pineapple juice & vodka together.
  4. Shake until well combined.
  5. Pour over ice & enjoy!

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