October 08, 2018

5 Fun Cocktails That Tea Drinkers Will Love

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A simple cup of tea is wonderful, but why not try a cocktail for a little variety? Just combine your favorite brew with juice, herbs and/or alcohol to create a refreshing spin on the beverage. To inspire you with a few ideas, here are some tea-based cocktails (and one mocktail) worth mixing: 

  1. Five-ingredient hibiscus margaritas: All you need are steeped hibiscus leaves, lime juice, tequila, sweetener (agave nectar and/or cane sugar) to make these pretty pink cocktails. Tart and sweet, they’ll go great with spicy food like tacos.
  2. Matcha mint juleps: If there’s anything better than a mint julep, it’s a mint julep with a hint of matcha. You’ll love this Southern favorite with a teatime twist.
  3. Hot chai toddy: Keep cozy in the cooler months when sipping this chai-based hot toddy. Adding a little bourbon to chai tea dressed with honey and lemon makes for a satisfying, spiced drink that celebrates the fall and winter seasons.
  4. Earl Grey tea cocktail: Want a healthy, refreshing cocktail option? You can’t beat this recipe. Sweeten 4 cups of Earl Grey tea with a honey simple syrup, and combine this mixture with gin, lavender and ice.
  5. Ginger green tea cocktail: Treat yourself to a complex combination of flavors in this green tea cocktail that blends ginger, green tea and cognac. Not only will you get the spicy kick of ginger through the tea, but also through the ginger simple syrup and small slice of fresh ginger root.

If you’re a tea drinker searching for a creative take on your favorite cup, consider a homemade cocktail. Shop our enormous tea selection online, find a variety you like, and use it in one of the ideas above! 

August 02, 2018

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Chai Tea Is Perfect for Quitting Coffee. Here’s Why.

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One common reason people begin drinking tea is because they are trying to quit drinking coffee. If this describes you, you should consider introducing chai tea into your morning routine. You can still get that caffeine boost you need, while also enjoying all the health benefits that tea has over coffee. Here are some reasons why chai is perfect for quitting coffee and some suggestions for delicious blends to get you started.

Chai Tea Keeps You Hydrated

Coffee is notorious for dehydrating people, and that's one reason many choose to quit drinking. Tea, on the other hand, will keep you hydrated. Replacing your morning coffee with tea instead will replenish your fluids, making you feel fresher and more awake throughout the day. Staying hydrated is also great for your skin. 

Decrease Your Caffeine Intake

A cup of chai contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. This means you can still enjoy a nice cup in the morning for a small caffeine boost, but you'll be cutting back on your caffeine intake. In addition, our body absorbs the caffeine in chai more slowly than the caffeine in coffee. So you can avoid the uncomfortable caffeine jolt and crash, and instead enjoy a calm focus for longer.

Chai Has Tons of Health Benefits

Chai gets its delicious flavor from a mix of herbs and spices, and each one comes with its own health benefits. For example, cinnamon has been to increase circulation and improve awareness. It also works to reduce fatigue. Cardamom is a popular ingredient in both Indian and Chinese chai. It can improve lung, kidney, and heart health. Additionally, it helps to elevate your mood. Cloves, another common ingredient, work to relieve pain and can be used to increase the strength of other herbs and spices. Black pepper is used to boost circulation and improve metabolism, and nutmeg can be used to treat sciatica and promote healthy digestion. Ginger stimulates the circulatory and immune systems, and fennel can improve kidney health.

Are you getting the point? The are countless different blends of chai, and each one is full of healthy ingredients. You can pick a blend with the ingredients that provide the health benefits you need most. Here are some suggestions.

Our Favorite Chai Tea Blends

Cochin Masala Chai Tea

This is a traditional Indian masala chai. It is made of Ceylon black tea, ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper. This spicy tea is a top seller.

Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai

This blend is perfect for the fall time! Flavored with cinnamon and dried ginger, this tea is delicious without needing any added sweeteners. With a cup of this, you won't be missing your pumpkin spice latte.

White Chocolate Spiced Chai

This mixture contains Malabar Coast Spices. It is flavored with caramel, Belgian white chocolate, ginger, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Perfect for those mornings when you need something extra delicious to get you going.

With its abundance of flavor options and scores of health benefits, chai tea is the perfect option for helping you quit drinking coffee. You can look and feel better when you switch to chai tea. If you're looking for a blend to get you started, check out the selection from Culinary Teas.

July 26, 2018

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3 Matcha Teas and What They Can Do for You

In addition to a strong presence throughout history, matcha is growing increasingly popular due to its variety and versatility. Enjoy these three matcha teas that make a great addition to your daily tea consumption.

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July 19, 2018

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6 Decaf Teas You Need in Your Tea Chest

Decaf teas are a great way to add water, herbal supplements, and a breath of fresh air to your day without any extra caffeine. Here are six decaf teas to add to your tea chest.

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July 12, 2018

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4 Pieces of Teaware You Need Right Now

You can drink all the tea you want, but if you don’t have the right tools, your tea time might not be as grand. Here are the four pieces you have to have right now.

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July 05, 2018

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10 Reasons You Need a New Flavor of Tea

Tea is great for all occasions. Whether you’re happy or sad, tea can elevate your mood. Here are ten reasons you need a new flavor of tea today.

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4 Teas That Will Make You Feel Better

Tea can promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Besides hydration and all the benefits that come with being properly hydrated, teas can also introduce herbal remedies into your body that can help ease illness and ailments. Here are four teas that will make you feel better.

Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Tea

Drinking an anti-inflammatory tea can help with joint pain and arthritis. Active ingredients like turmeric, fennel, and orange peel in the Arthritis Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Tea offered by Culinary Teas are great for relieving arthritic pains. Part of the cause of arthritis pain is oxidation by free radicals. Turmeric and other antioxidants help slow the oxidation process within your body.

Dietary Teas

Teas with ingredients like ginger and dandelion will help your body’s digestive tract. This is perfect for bloating and other dietary issues. Choose a blend that is herbal and has a mix of ingredients that will both calm your digestive tract and stimulate digestion. Drink these teas as recommended, and don’t overindulge. An added touch of pepper can help stimulate your digestive system, if needed.

Flu and Cold Remedy Teas

Having a hot cup of tea can help soothe some of the most severe cold and flu symptoms. Things like stuffy noses, head colds, and other sinus-related blockages can be softened and stimulated with the steam from a pot or cup of hot tea. A good peppery tea with citrus notes can help reawaken your body’s respiratory system to ease cold and flu symptoms.

Mental Clarity and Calming Teas

Calming teas with hints of lavender can help you de-stress during a trying time at work or at home. Other soothing ingredients like a touch of honey can help bring sweetness without a caffeine buzz. Teas that help promote mental clarity are also a great cup to have before a stressful test or day at work. Ingredients like peppermint can help stimulate memory and focus.

Having a cup of tea to make you feel better is always a good idea. Whether you need a tea for stress, for dietary issues, or for bodily pains, there is a tea out there for you that can help ease your symptoms. The tea-loving team at Culinary Teas wants to introduce you to a tea that can help you. For help understanding the teas Culinary Teas offers, contact us today.