Recipe: Black Tea Egg Nog

eggnog2Our rendition of this holiday staple includes tea (of course!) and is sure to hit the spot while wrapping presents, enjoying company, or whenever the craving strikes! You’ll never have to buy egg nog at the store again when you’ve got this super simple recipe with no preservatives or mystery ingredients. We even cook the eggs in this version, so you don’t need to worry if you’ve got concerns about consuming raw eggs. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
– 1 cup water
– 3 tea bags Classic Black
– 6 eggs
– 2 cups whole milk
– 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
– 1/2 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
– 3 whole cloves

Instructions:
1. Boil water and steep tea with the cloves for 5 minutes.
2. In a stock pot, combine eggs, whole milk, and sugar.
3. Cook over medium-low heat until thickened, stirring constantly to make sure it does not boil and stick to the pan. (If you’re worried about cooking the eggs thoroughly, use a food thermometer. Eggs are cooked when internal temperature is 160 degrees.)
4. Remove stock pot from heat and add steeped tea (straining out the whole cloves), cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
5. Whisk until light and fluffy.
6. Refrigerate until cold.
7. Whisk and fluff before serving. Garnish with a big of ground nutmeg.
Optional: add rum or bourbon as preferred.

Recipe: Ginger Tea Infused Cranberry Sauce

cranberrysauce1.jpgJust in time for Thanksgiving is the perfect cranberry sauce side to go with your turkey or tofurky. Our organic ginger tea adds a simple twist to this holiday classic by enhancing the aromatic whole spices and imparting a unique flavor into the recipe.

Ingredients:
– 2 cups sugar
– 2 cups water
– 4 whole cardamom pods
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 1 tsp whole cloves
– 5 Ginger tea bags
– 1 tsp orange zest
– 8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Instructions:
1. In a large pot over high heat, add water, sugar, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.
2. Stir, cover, and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes.
4. Add Ginger tea bags and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
5. Remove tea bags and spices with a slotted spoon.
6. Add cranberries and increase heat to medium-high and simmer, stirring often until the sauce thickens, cranberries have softened and their skins split. This will take 10-15 minutes.
7. Remove pot from heat and cool to room temperature before serving.

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

easteregg1What do to:
– 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)!

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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