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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White Iced Tea: Mint & Lime White Peony

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Crisp cucumber, cooling mint, and the zip of lime juice pair wonderfully with our White Peony white tea in this week’s refreshing iced tea recipe. This drink is elegant, light, and breezy and pairs well with hot summer nights and friends.

Mint & Lime White Peony Iced Tea

Ingredients:
– 2 cups water
– 6 tea bags of White Peony
1/4 cup lime juice
– 1/2 cup mint simple syrup (see ingredients below)
– 1/2 cup cucumber (chopped coarsely)
– 1 cup sparkling water
– ice

Mint Simple Syrup:
– 1/2 cup sugar- 1/2 cup water
– 1/2 cup packed mint leaves

Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup.
3. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Make simple syrup by boiling water and sugar together, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Once dissolved, add mint leaves and stir. Set aside to cool.
6. Add lime juice and 1 cup of cool water to tea.
7. Strain mint leaves from simple syrup mixture.
8. In a pitcher or serving container add cucumber and simple syrup, muddle lightly.
9. Add lime juice and tea mixture to pitcher. Stir to combine.
10. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
11. Serve over ice with a lime wedge, cucumber slices, and mint as garnish.
Makes approximately 4 8oz servings.

June may be coming to an end, but be sure to check back in July for ice cold tea treats to keep you cool! Chai Tea Latte popsicles, anyone?

Wellness Iced Tea: Cranberry Lime Detox

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Cranberry Lime Detox Iced Tea

Ingredients:
– 2 cups water
5 tea bags of Simply Detox Wellness Tea*
Juice of 3 limes
1 cup cranberry juice
3 Tbsp
honey (or to taste, less if using sweetened cranberry juice)
– 1 cup sparkling water
– ice

Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup.
3. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 5-10 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Add honey to the hot tea and stir to dissolve.
6. Add 1 cup of cool water to tea and honey mixture.
7. In a pitcher or serving container pour in tea mixture, cranberry juice, lime juice, sparkling water, and stir.
9. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
10. Serve over ice with a lime wedge and mint as garnish.
Makes approximately four 8oz servings.

We hope you’ve been making tasty iced teas with us this Iced Tea Month. Check back next week for another iced tea recipe featuring our White Peony!

Learn how to make the best iced tea from tea bags and loose leaf with our guide here.

*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.

We’re sofi Awards Finalists!

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Each year, right before the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the Specialty Food Association announces outstanding products and brands in the specialty food industry called the sofi Awards. A sofi is the top honor in the $120.5 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.

This year, we’re happy to announce that our Licorice Mint and Jasmine Green were honored as finalists among 100 products in the Outstanding New Product and Hot Beverage categories, respectively. Each entry is carefully assessed by passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers.

These products come from our Gourmet Teas line that were developed to intrigue connoisseurs as well as the next generation of tea drinkers with unique flavor profiles and expertise in blending and sourcing. What a thrill it is to be acknowledged for our hard work and outstanding products in this highly revered and competitive sofi Award competition!

We’ll be showcasing the Gourmet Teas and more at the Summer Fancy Food Show, so if you’ll be attending, be sure to stop by our booth to sample and talk about these delicious teas with our team.

The Kentucky Caravan Cocktail for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is this weekend and if you have a dad who’s a fan of bourbon and tea, we’ve got the perfect cocktail to make and enjoy with him. We’re calling this Kentucky Caravan because it’s got Kentucky bourbon and our own Russian Caravan smoked black tea. The smokey, campfire-like essence of Russian Caravan rounds out the oak notes in bourbon and a touch of vanilla simple syrup sweetens it up for easy sipping. Chilled and poured over ice, it’s perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky Caravan

What you need:
– 2 tea bags Russian Caravan
– 1 cup water
– 1 shot (1 oz) vanilla simple syrup (1/3 cup hot water, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla: stir to dissolve sugar)
– 2 shots (1 oz shots) bourbon
– ice

Instructions:
1. Boil fresh, filtered water.
2. In 1/2 cup of freshly boiled water, steep tea bags for 5 minutes.
3. Once brewed, add another 1/2 cup of cold water to the tea. Set aside to cool.
4. In shaker or jar, add a handful of ice and pour in 1 oz simple syrup, 2 shots of bourbon, and 1 cup of tea.
5. Shake well until chilled.
6. Divide into serve over ice with lemon garnish.
Makes two drinks.

 

Green Iced Tea: Blackberry Basil Green Tea

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Fresh summer berries and herbs highlight this bright, earthy Chinese green tea, Dragon Well. Delicately flavored, aromatic, and a lovely red hue make this iced tea a hit at a summer time lunch or dinner.

Blackberry Basil Green Tea

Ingredients:
– 6 cups water
6 tea bags of Dragon Well Green Tea
3 Tbsp
agave (or to taste)
4 stems fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh blackberries
– ice
– lemon slices to serve (optional)

Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup.
3. Remove the water from heat just before it starts to boil (around 190 degrees) and pour 2 cups of hot water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Add agave to hot tea and stir to incorporate. Set aside to cool.
6. Place blackberries and basil in the bottom of a pitcher or serving container, set aside a handful of each for garnish.
7. Pour tea into pitcher over blackberries and basil. Muddle the blackberries, basil, and tea gently for 15 seconds to release juices and flavor.
8. Add the remaining 4 cups of water to the pitcher.
9. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
10. Serve over ice.
11. Top each glass with basil leaf and a few berries, serve with a lemon wedge if desired.
Makes approximately six 8oz servings.

Make perfect iced tea all summer (or year)! Follow our easy guide here. And be sure to check back for more recipes throughout Iced Tea Month.

Herbal Iced Tea: Berry Peach Rooibos

rooibospeachberry4First up for our month of delicious, refreshing summer time tea recipes is a fruity, cooling, Berry Peach Rooibos iced tea!
Rooibos is a fantastic caffeine-free option for kids and adults alike. Sweet summer fruits pair perfectly with the vanilla and honey notes of rooibos. This iced tea calls for relaxing on the porch with family on a hot summer day.

Berry Peach Rooibos Iced Tea

Ingredients:
– 4 Rooibos tea bags
– 4 cups of water
– 1 peach, thinly sliced
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– 1 1/2 -2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
– ice

Instructions:
1. Start by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place the tea bags in a heat safe measuring cup and pour 1 cup of boiled water over the tea bags; steep for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bags and add the honey to the hot tea, stir until the honey is dissolved.
4. Put the peach slices and blueberries in the bottom of a pitcher and pour in the tea and honey concentrate.
5. Add the remaining 3 cups of water, make sure it is tepid or cool, not hot!
6. Stir up the fruit and tea to combine.
For a stronger fruit infusion, refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Serve over ice.
Makes approximately four 8 oz servings.

Make delicious iced tea all summer long with our easy guide here!