TIP OF THE DAY: Hibiscus Iced Tea

Hibiscus is a flower (photo #2) that is brewed into an herbal tea, a caffeine-free tea also called a tisane. Tisanes are infusions of flowers, herbs, roots, spices, or other plant material. Long used in homeopathic medicine, they are now enjoyed by people seeking a caffeine-free beverage.     THE TASTE OF HIBISCUS We first…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Thai Iced Tea

[1] Thai iced tea. In her version, Wife Mama Foodie uses coconut milk instead of evaporated milk. Here’s her recipe (photo © Wife Mama Foodie). [2] The tea bags are available in boxes of 20 from Amazon and Walmart (photo © Wangderm).   Thai iced tea, known as cha-yen (cha is the word for tea),…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Blue Tea

Today’s tip comes via one of our favorite artisan tea blenders, Tay Tea. It’s blue tea, an herbal tea from Thailand that made its way here a few years ago. It still remains largely under the radar, except at artisan tea shops that blend their own teas. Butterfly pea flower tea is made by steeping…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Fine Teas From Steven Smith Teamaker

[1] A calming herbal blend (all photos courtesy Steven Smith Teamaker). [2] The selections of black, green, herbal and white teas will please everyone. [3] Lord Bergamot, the company’s version of Earl Grey, blended to provide substantial bergamot flavor for which Earl Grey is known.   For a Mother’s Day gift of fine tea, look…
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