5 Easy Ways to Make Tea a Part of the Holiday Season
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by Choice Organic Teas
Tea is not just for tea-time. It’s great any time of the day and the year. Tea can both add a new twist to the same old holiday fare AND support holiday overindulgence, which means it can not only complement a rich meal, it can also help you recover from it!
Choice Organic Teas, the original organic tea company, has countless teas perfect for creative culinary applications throughout the holidays, as exploring the countless flavor nuances in teas, and finding the correct tea/food pairing can be an adventure! Then, after you have sampled, tested, and savored your holiday meal, there are teas to help support digestion, and that sleepy/full feeling after eating.
This holiday season, try one or all of the suggestions below to add tea to your holiday meals, drinks, baking, and recovering! You might just create a new holiday tradition!
- Soothe Your Stomach… After Your Holiday Dinner, Try Easy Digest Wellness Tea
Instead of grabbing a cup of coffee at the end of a heavy meal, try the Choice Organic Teas Easy Digest tea. This warming tonic was formulated to aid digestion and relieve occasional indigestion, which often happens after a big Thanksgiving dinner!
- Energize Yourself for Holiday Parties or Post-Dinner Game Night
The party is often just starting up after dinner, and with a belly full of turkey, one sometimes needs a little boost to go the extra mile! The Choice Organic Teas Energy Boost Tea is a fantastic compliment to a busy schedule–this crisp, lively blend supports healthy energy levels and vitality with energizing green tea.
- Pair Sweet Cookies with an Earthy Oolong Tea
A delicious Oolong tea pairs well with homemade Christmas cookies or gingerbread treats. The complexity and gentle earthiness of this sophisticated tea makes it the perfect compliment to sweets.
- Bake with Tea! Try Chai Pumpkin Bread
Consider making a delicious pumpkin bread for a Thanksgiving morning brunch item or a hostess gift for all of those holiday parties. This Chai Pumpkin Bread blends warm and spicy chai tea with yummy pumpkin for a fantastic holiday treat.
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1/2 c butter, at room temperature
- 1 c canned pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- 2 bags of Choice Organic Teas Chai Spice Black Tea, steeped in 1/2 c boiling water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
- 2/3 c whole-wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp each cardamom, ginger, and black pepper
- 1/4 tsp each cloves, nutmeg, and allspice
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, eggs, chai tea liquid, and vanilla and stir until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices and stir just until evenly moistened. Pour into prepared 8″ loaf pan. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.
Original recipe from 28 Cooks (adapted with chai tea addition)
- Offer Your Guests a Signature “spirited” Tea Recipe–Hot Tea Grog
Warm your guests up with Hot Tea Grog, a spicy tea drink with cloves, rum and cognac. The clove flavor and dark run make this a bit of an exotic tasting brew for a festive variation. (serves 4).
4 cups brewed tea (using Choice Organic Teas Wild Forest Black, Classic Black, or English Breakfast Tea)
4 oz cognac
4oz dark rum
2 tsp honey
2 Pinches of nutmeg
Brew four cups of tea using the black tea of your choice. Remove tea bags or tea leaves and pour into saucepan. Add other ingredients to saucepan and heat thoroughly over medium heat. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick in each mug.