Recipes

DIY Brewing Instructions, by the cup or the pot full

Drink artisan-crafted tea for the bright taste of whole herbs and spices, the unique blend, the high quality ingredients or nothing more the timeless pleasure of enjoying a good cup of tea.

A recent Newsweek article reports research findings on the health benefits of regular tea drinking.  Turns out they’re substantial.  Whether you drink it for the energy, the antioxidants or the wellness benefits - whatever your goal, it’s time to rethink your drink!

To brew a single serving,

  • add 1/2-1 tablespoon of loose-leaf tea into a tea infuser or tightly-woven strainer; place in your mug.
  • add enough boiling water to fill you cup 3/4 full. Let steep for 3-5 minutes.

To make 8-10 servings,

  • add 1/4 cup of loose leaf chai to your 4-6 cup French press, and pour in enough simmering water to fill it.
  • Steep your tea for 5 minutes, and press to enjoy.

Option:  pour extra brewed tea into a glass storage container and store in the fridge for up to a week, reheat or serve over ice as needed.

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To Make a Hot or Iced CHAI Latte:

Serves 1
Prep time: 3-8 minutes

Chai is made to be coupled with milk, it's an easy 1:3 ratio.  You can brew your tea right in your mug then add the milk.  Finish by adding your favorite sweetener to taste.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of your favorite brewed chai*
  • ¼ cup of your favorite plant milk
  • ¼ tsp. stevia or 1 tsp. honey

*To brew your chai,

  • add 1/2-1 tablespoon of loose-leaf chai into a tea infuser or tightly-woven strainer; place in your mug.
  • add enough boiling water to fill your cup to 3/4 full. Let steep for 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy hot or let cool to room temperature and add some ice for a satisfying treat any time of day.

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Cacao-licious Craving Crusher

Serves 1
Prep time: 3-8 minutes

When the sugar cravings come calling and you find yourself obsessing over everything chocolate, this spicy-rich treat will save the day.  Cinnamon naturally curbs sugar cravings, and the rich cacao combination aces the taste test.   Added bonus: this cup contains 1/10th the calories of your average fancy coffee drink, and with less caffeine than a 1/4 cup of green tea.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup pre-brewed Tonic & Bloom Cacao Chai*
  • 1 well rounded tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, Fair Trade recommended
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened soy or oat milk
  • ¼ tsp. stevia or 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of salt

*To brew your chai, add 1/2-1 tablespoon of loose-leaf chai into a tea infuser or tightly-woven strainer; place in your mug.  Add enough boiling water to fill your cup to 3/4 full. Let steep for 3-5 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients and enjoy hot or chilled over ice.

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Berry Blossom Spritzer

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons loose leaf Berry Blossom Tea
  • 2 cups ice, one cup for cooling, one for serving
  • 4 cups sparking water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional: 2 cups of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris or your favorite dry white wine

Directions:

To make tea: Heat 1 cup of water just until it comes to a boil.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of dried tea into a tightly meshed tea strainer or infuser.

Place the strainer in a 2-cup measuring cup or Ball jar, and pour hot water over dried tea so water fully covers the herbs.. Let steep for 2-3 minutes.

Pour 1 cup of ice in to cool the tea quickly.

To make the spritzer:

Add ice to a wine glass.

Pour 1/2 cup of tea and 1/2 cup sparkling water into your glass. Spritz with a squeeze of lime (optional pinch of stevia for sweetness) and enjoy!

To make a wine spritzer:

Add ice to a wine glass.

Pour1/2 cup of white wine, 1/4 cup tea and 1/4 cup sparkling water into your glass. Spritz with a squeeze of lime and enjoy!

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Berry Blossom Protein Smoothie

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes

If you’re looking for a mid-morning protein boost, this rich blend of berries and botanicals will do the trick.

Whip it up in a blender in 5 minutes or less, include ½ cup of ice and frozen berries for an extra thick and chilly treat. If you like a bit of green, a cup of raw spinach or kale adds extra fiber and nutrients without changing the flavor. At ½ the sugar of most fruit smoothies, this antioxidant-rich drink weighs in at about 200 calories, yet the protein and fiber keep you satisfied long after the shake is gone.

• 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or silken tofu
• ½ banana
• ½ cup raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, fresh or frozen
• 3/4 cup brewed Berry Blossom tea (room temperature or cooler)
• Stevia to taste
• ½ cup ice (optional)
• 1 cup raw spinach or kale (optional)

Combine all ingredients in your blender, puree on high for 2 minutes, serve immediately and enjoy!