Recipe: Chai Spiced Apple Breakfast Cookies

bfastcookies3-1What’s better than eating cookies for breakfast? These cookies are packed with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, apple pieces, coconut oil, and of course, chai tea! The warm spices from our Chai Spice Gourmet Tea make this cookie taste like apple pie with the hand-held convenience of a protein bar. You can take these on the go for a quick snack or have a few of them for an easy breakfast when you’re in a hurry.

Ingredients:
– 2 cups rolled oats
– 2 tea bags Chai Spice – 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
– 1/4 cup maple syrup
– 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
– 1 cup diced apple (about 1/2 of a large apple)
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix oats, salt, and the contents of 2 Chai Spice tea bags.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing to combine.
5. Fold in apple and walnut pieces.
6. On a parchment lined baking sheet, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion out each cookie, flattening slightly after you place them.
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
8. Cool cookies on the baking sheet before storing them.
Makes approximately 12 cookies.

Tea Cocktails with The Tin Table


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(From left to right) Sencha Green Tea Cocktail, Chamomile Sidecar, Chai Mai Tai, Jamaica Hibiscus Cocktail.

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of sipping on delicious tea cocktails developed by Sander Raav, Seattle mixologist, tea enthusiast, and Bar Manager at  The Tin Table. The Tin Table is an off-the-beaten path restaurant and bar located on the second floor of the historic Oddfellows Building on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Four custom cocktails were created with a hand-picked selection of our high-quality, organic loose leaf teas. Each drink had its own character, further amplified by their unique serving vessels. We sipped on a delicate and savory Sencha green tea drink, a creative Chamomile Sidecar with chamomile foam, and a tropical, sunny cocktail with a hint of spice made with Cranberry Hibiscus. Sander kindly shared his recipes with us and we’ve picked our favorite for you to try at home, the Chai Mai Tai, perfect for summer porch sipping.

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Chai Mai Tai

Chai Mai Tai
1.5 oz Chai Infused Aged Rum (see recipe below)
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz orange liqueur
.25 oz orgeat (almond syrup)

Chai Infused Rum
1 Tbsp loose leaf chai tea
200 ml Aged Rum
Combine loose tea in rum and infuse for 30 min.

Instructions:
1. Shake all ingredients, strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass.
2. Garnish with mint and lime wheel or whole spices of your choosing.

Cool Down With: Chai Tea Latte Popsicles

chaipopHappy Fourth of July! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday full of friends, family, good food, and a big pitcher of iced tea!

Today, we’ve got a recipe for the ultimate frozen treat to enjoy at your next summer gathering. Inspired by traditional Chai tea you might find on a street corner in India, these popsicles are creamy, spicy, and decadent. Better yet, they’re simple and fun to make, the hardest part is waiting for them to freeze!

Chai Tea Latte Popsicle

Ingredients:
– A popsicle mold or small paper cups
– Popsicle sticks
– 4-5 teaspoons of Choice Organic Teas Loose Leaf Chai tea leaves (or 4-5 tea bags of Masala Chai or Chai Spice)
– 2 cups whole milk
– 1 ½ cups cream
– ¾ cup sugar

Instructions:
1. Simmer sugar, milk and cream with the loose leaf chai for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure it does not boil.
2. Remove from burner and steep for another 10 minutes to taste.
3. Once the tea and milk have steeped, strain with a fine mesh strainer or cloth into a container with a pouring spout.
4. Divide mixture into popsicle molds.
5. Put them in the freezer until completely frozen (at least 8 hours or overnight) and enjoy!

Keep checking back in on the blog each week, there are more recipes to come all month to cool you down during the height of summer!

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Dye Your Easter Eggs with Choice Organic Teas

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Did you know that tea can provide great, unique colors for dyeing eggs? Using tea is a fun way to use what you’ve got in your pantry and avoid food coloring or other dyes.

Here’s what you’ll need for each cup of dye:
– 3 tea bags
– Hot Water
– 1 1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
– Approximately 2 hours

Here are the teas we used for the various colors:
Brown: Masala Chai
Yellow: Premium Japanese Green and Breathing Space
Grey: Blackberry Hibiscus and Hibiscus Heart

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– Place three tea bags of desired color in each cup
– Pour hot water over the tea bags and steep the tea
– Add 2 Tbsp of vinegar in each cup
– Put one hard-boiled egg in each cup for up to 2 hours to achieve desired color.

Try something a bit different:
– Immediately after removing the egg from the tea, apply a damp sponge to add texture to the color.
– Experiment and adding blueberries or blackberries to some of your teas to create purples and blues.
– Dip in vegetable oil to add a light sheen.

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Did you try it? Be sure to take a photo and share it with us on Instagram and Facebook (@ChoiceOrganicTeas) or Twitter (@ChoiceOrganicT)!

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Tea in 2016

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January is National Hot Tea Month, and what better way to start the New Year off right than with a rejuvenating cup of hot tea?

Here are our Top 5 Reasons to Drink Tea in 2016:

1. Tea helps soothe symptoms during winter cold season.Breathing Space_72dpi
According to the CDC, adult Americans combat an average of 2-3 colds per year. Supporting your immune system with a Wellness Tea* like  Breathing Space* or Throat Cozy* can help maintain healthy airways or soothe your throat.*

 

2. Avoid the afternoon energy slump.
Breakfast Blend 72dpiMillions of Americans experience the dreaded “3:00 slump” and reach for sugary beverages like soda or energy drinks, or big mugs of coffee, to combat their dip in energy. We recommend choosing a natural way to energize with a tea like Energy Boost*, a crisp, lively green tea blend that supports healthy energy levels and vitality.* Or, try Breakfast Blend from our Gourmet Line, for a robust black tea to enliven your afternoon.
3. Detox all year long with tea.
Beauty Detox_72dpiSure, detox diets are popular in January, when New Year’s resolutions are new and shiny, but what about a regular detox regime throughout the year? Simply Detox* and Beauty Detox* are specially formulated with herbs to aid liver function and promote clear skin, cleansing your body from the inside out.*
4. Consider your heart health.
Hibiscus Heart_72dpiWith Heart Month just around the corner in February, our new Hibiscus Heart Wellness Tea* helps support cardiovascular health with hibiscus flowers and hawthorn berry.*

 

 

5. Eating Clean? Be sure to drink clean too.

  • Choose Certified Organic. Even teas billed as “natural” can contain pesticides. Look for the USDA Organic logo on the package to ensure you are drinking the real thing.
  • Avoid GMOs in your food…and in your beverages. Look for the OrgGFGMONon-GMO Project Verified logo on the packaging to ensure there are no artificially manipulated ingredients in your tea, coffee or other beverages.
  • If you are watching your gluten intake, pay attention to sneaky ways gluten can enter your diet. Be sure to look for tea products with the GF logo indicating Gluten-Free certification.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Delight in Our New & Improved Gourmet Teas!

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We’re thrilled to announce exciting changes with our Gourmet Teas, inspired by Seattle’s rich landscape and vibrant culinary scene. A delicious twist on tradition blends timeless teas with a dash of whimsy, yielding an unexpected and sophisticated cup.

If you’re already a fan of the line, you’ll love the changes we’ve made.

The new and improved teas now feature contemporary watercolor artwork that focuses on ingredients along with updated certifications for USDA Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, and Gluten-Free. Boxes now contain 16 tea bags.

All 12 teas remain the same great blends that you love with refreshed names to reflect key ingredients and flavor profile.

The new and improved Gourmet Teas are available now! Shop the line here.

Meet the new line-up below!

Blackberry Hibiscus 72dpiBlackberry Hibiscus formerly Northwest Blackberry
Steep a vivacious, fruity tisane that welcomes festivity. With its tangy character and sweet aroma, this ruby-hued blend is the life of the party. The taste of blackberry mixes with citrusy lemongrass as hearty hibiscus petals tango with tart rosehips. A sprinkling of spearmint melds with a dash of sweet licorice root. This unforgettable infusion tastes like an herbal ode to sangria and plays well with ice.

Breakfast Blend 72dpiBreakfast Blend formerly Celtic Breakfast
Rise and shine, ready for whatever the day may hold over a robust cup of tea. Bold Assam and smooth Ceylon black tea leaves blend together for a hearty brew that will invigorate you with its wide-eyed flavor and centering aroma. Savor this timeless classic, served straight up and steaming hot. Add a splash of milk or a squeeze of lemon. Poured over ice is mighty   fine too.

Chai Spice 72dpiChai Spice formerly Chai Spice Black
Journey to a spice market as you drink this enticing black tea. Assertive Assam black tea leaves team up with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and a dash of black pepper for a lively, yet balanced blend with a clean finish. Serve it as they do in India with your favorite milk and sweetener to soften the warming seasonings and create a creamy customized cup of tea you will crave hot or iced.

Chamomile Mint 72dpiChamomile Mint formerly Chamomile Spearmint
Long sought out to usher in calm and contemplation, chamomile’s sunny blossoms and aromatic fragrance continue to offer contentment in a cup. Spearmint leaves mingle with chamomile flowers while a squeeze of Italian bergamot imparts a slight citrusy note in this relaxing herbal infusion. Cozy up to a steamy cup or serve this honey-hued elixir over ice for an uplifting glass of refreshment.

Dragon Well 72dpiDragon Well formerly Dragon Well Green
An ancient tale and love of the leaf meet in a cup of classic green tea. Chinese folklore describes water from a well nourishing a tea so exquisite it became the tribute to emperors and is now offered to you. Pan-fired green tea leaves impart buttery notes for a palate-pleasing brew that is subtly toasty and will fill you with serenity. Serve it hot or over ice for a contemplative cooler.

Earl Grey Lavender 72dpiEarl Grey Lavender formerly Earl Grey with Lavender
Take the road less traveled when you sip a cup of this classic tea redefined. Full-bodied and smooth, Indian and Sri Lankan black teas blend with a squeeze of citrus as Italian bergamot scents the tea leaves. English lavender blossoms gently infuse their fragrance and flavor into this elegant tea that enthralls at the start of the day and well into afternoon tea. Try iced for a refined refreshment.

Jasmine Green 72dpiJasmine Green formerly Jasmine Green Tea
This tranquil green tea evokes evening strolls where the sky is strewn with stars, the air scented by flowers, and anything is possible. Jasmine blossoms perfume green tea leaves with their intoxicating flavor and fragrance before the petals are removed. The aromatic bouquet of floral notes makes this green tea a classic. Serve hot or over ice for an enchanting experience.

Licorice Mint 72dpiLicorice Mint formerly Liquorice Peppermint
Indulge your senses with a luxurious tisane. The pop of bright peppermint is softened by naturally sweet licorice root to provide an alluring finish to this aromatic herbal infusion. This full-bodied blend is smooth, silky, and compelling. Serve hot for a luscious, pleasing drink or over ice for an invigorating departure from everyday iced tea.

Mango Black 72dpiMango Black formerly Mango Ceylon with Vanilla
Set your course for paradise with this tempting black tea paired with a touch of tropical fruit. Smooth Ceylon and bold Indian black teas mingle with notes of mango evoking the aroma and flavor of fresh cut fruit. A hint of Sumatran vanilla imparts a subtle sweetness to this luscious tea that also satisfies when served over ice.

Mint Green 72dpiMint Green formerly Moroccan Mint Green Tea
From a Marrakesh market to a backyard herb garden, we blend old world tradition with Pacific Northwest flavor. Our interpretation of this Moroccan classic combines full-bodied green tea with mellow lemongrass while Washington-grown peppermint and cooling spearmint brighten the cup. This lightly caffeinated, half mint, half green tea blend also refreshes when served iced.

Peach Green 72dpiPeach Green formerly Green Tea with Essence of Peach
Reminiscent of the lazy days and sultry nights of summer, this blend entices with its heady fragrance and smooth fruit-kissed flavor. Freshly steamed green tea blends with the essence of ripe peaches, citrusy lemongrass, and tart rosehips in a delicately sweet, revitalizing infusion. Steep a cup to drink hot or pour it over ice to linger on the porch just a bit longer.

Vanilla Rooibos 72dpiVanilla Rooibos formerly Rooibos (Red Bush Tea) + Vanilla
Satisfy your cravings with a wholesome treat any time of day or night. Native to South Africa, the leaves of the red bush, known as rooibos (pronounced roy-boss), brew into an earthy, rich, mahogany-hued herbal infusion. A kiss of Sumatran vanilla draws out the sweet honey notes in rooibos for a cup that satisfies when served hot or over ice.

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Recipe: Chai Tea Cupcakes

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In need of the perfect indulgent treat to hunker down with this holiday season? Look no further than these delightful Chai Tea Cupcakes! The warming spice of chai puts us in the mood for cold weather, holidays, and staying inside.

Cupcake batter:
– 2 & 1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
– 1 & 1/4 Cups Sugar
– 2 & 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
– 1 tsp Cinnamon
– 1 Cup Softened Unsalted Butter
– 3 Eggs
– 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
– 2/3 Cup Milk
– 4 Chai Tea Bags (Our Masala Chai and Chai Spice work great!)

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
– 8 oz Cream Cheese
– 1/2 cup Softened Unsalted Butter
– 1 & 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
– 3-4 cups powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Warm the milk (stove top or microwave works) but be sure not to boil. Remove milk from heat and place your chai tea bags in the milk to steep for at least 15 minutes. Sift flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a medium bowl. In a large bowl beat the butter for 30 seconds and then slowly add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. Add vanilla extract then add the eggs. Add flour mixture about 1/4 cup at a time alternating with about 1/3 cup of the tea infused milk. Mix these ingredients until just combined.
Evenly distribute batter into muffin cups. Place pan into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Put a toothpick in the middle of a cupcake to test, they are done when the toothpick comes out clean.
Set aside cupcakes to cool.

Whip the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and powdered sugar until combined and raise the speed of your mixer to medium to reach your desired consistency of frosting. Refrigerate frosting while your cupcakes are cooling for easier spreading or piping.

Spread or pipe frosting onto your cupcakes and enjoy!

Cupcake recipe adapted from: https://snapguide.com/guides/make-chai-tea-infused-cupcakes-with-frosting/
Frosting recipe adapted from: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/09/pumpkin-cake-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting/

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