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Tips 101: How To Make The Best Tea

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Use loose tea

If all you add to tea is water, always go for loose tea. This one will be much richer in flavor.

Look at the tea leaves to see how many tea leaves are whole. The highest quality loose teas are those where you can see whole tea leaves - unbroken or crushed.

As a general rule, loose tea is of better quality than tea bags, however it is important to choose it wisely! A tea bag is still a very good choice.

Feel free to use tea bags when making tea lattes or in recipes, they are more than enough.

Don't always use boiling water

Have you ever had really bitter green tea? Probably because it was infused with too hot water. Not all teas should be prepared with boiling water, especially green tea. For more information, read our article on water temperatures for different types of tea.

Water that is too hot can alter the taste of the tea, making it too bitter and strong. Take the time to always inquire about the temperature of your tea water.

Get a kettle with a temperature control

Speaking of water temperature, we highly recommend getting an electric kettle with temperature control so that the water is perfectly heated. This is the must have accessory for tea lovers!

Do not use a tea ball that is too small

As the loose tea brews in the hot water, the tea leaves begin to unroll.

To get the perfect flavor, the leaves need to have enough space to unroll. Do not put them in a tea ball or in a tea infuser that is too small. The bigger the brewer, the better - give your tea leaves some room to unwind.

Use filtered water

We say it over and over again, the best water makes the best tea. The quality of the water plays an important role in the taste of your tea. Use filtered water to make tea whenever possible.

Brew your iced tea in cold water for the best iced tea

We very recently wrote an article on this topic, the best iced tea is the one infused in cold water, read our article to know the secret!

Heat the teapot

Warming up the teapot is something every tea professional does before brewing tea.

Boil additional water, pour it into the teapot, and then throw it away.

This step, unknown to most of us, keeps the teapot warm so that there is not a big difference in the temperature of the water while the tea is brewing.

Cover the teapot while the water brews

Cover the teapot while the tea brews, this helps keep the temperature stable.

If you are brewing tea in a mug with an infuser, be sure to put something on top of the mug so that the water can stay piping hot while the tea brews

Recipe for “London Fog” or Earl Gray Latte

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A “London Fog” drink is an Earl Gray milk tea sweetened with vanilla extract. Earl Gray tea is a black tea with notes of citrus and bergamot.
This recipe is very easy to make, just prepare the tea, stir and enjoy.

What you need

Earl Gray tea bags
Sweetened condensed milk (This ingredient turns an Earl Gray into a sweet latte. It replaces adding sugar and milk.)
Portable milk frother
Optional: whipped cream for drinks in seconds.

The steps:

Brew tea
Make a whipped cream filling
Mix
To assemble

Make the tea

Bring the water to a boil then turn off the heat. If you are using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 190 ° F. Use filtered water whenever possible. Brew the tea for 5 minutes then discard the tea bags.

Make the whipped cream

Whip the heavy cream and the sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl using a milk frother. In a few seconds, the cream will double in size and it's done! Put aside

Mix

Mix ice cream, tea, vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

Assemble the drink

Pour the whipped cream filling into the tea. Serve with a straw and drink immediately

Some advice

Use filtered water to brew tea and ice cubes. Always use a blender when making Frappuccinos.

Tips 101: Don't throw away your tea!

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Nothing is lost, everything is transformed, this expression is quite valid with tea! Discover small tips for recycling your tea bags or loose tea.

Reuse your tea bag a second time!

Did you know that a tea bag can easily make 2 cups? Plus if it's a strong enough tea, like a green or a black, it can easily hold two cups. The second cup maybe lighter, perfect for late afternoon.

Flavor the cooking water: pasta, rice, potatoes ...

A little-known tip that we really like is using (light) teas or herbal teas to flavor the cooking water. For example, jasmine tea will be perfect for flavoring rice water.

Feed your plants

Tea is a great fertilizer for your houseplants. Outdoors, you can fertilize your plants with tea that you sprinkle all over the place. In addition, it repels rodents. Besides, you can even water your plants with pre-infused water to make them even more beautiful.

Neutralizes bad odors

Tea is very effective in neutralizing bad smells! Whether it's sweaty smells in shoes or bad smells in the fridge, all you need to do is place a tea bag where the smells are.

In the trash cans, place a few used tea bags at the bottom of the trash can to neutralize bad smells. Super effective and above all 100% natural.

Foot and hand care

Tea has always been known for its benefits on the skin. The skin of the hands and feet tends to be drier and rougher than the rest of the body, so we recommend having water-based baths and tea bags. The tea will soften the skin and reduce roughness.

Treats canker sores and small daily wounds

Tea is particularly effective in treating small superficial wounds. If you have canker sores, place a tea bag that is still a little warm on the canker sore 2-3 minutes, it will cleanse, reduce pain and speed healing.

Make a cold brew iced tea

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The secret to the best iced tea is to brew it cold and let it steep for long hours.
Find out here how to make a cold-brewed iced tea step by step.

COLD ICE TEA

Cold brewed iced tea is sure to be a better iced tea than hot brewed iced tea. By the way, that's how you should always make iced tea, it is a game changer, patience is the secret ingredient!

Cold brew tea is a slow, gentle brewing process that creates a smoother, sweeter tasting tea. Tannins, which make tea bitter, are not “macerated” in cold water as in hot water. This means that the tea will not be bitter but much smoother.

Because cold brew does not involve hot water, it's perfect to make during the hot summer months and it's still the easiest way to brew iced tea.
However, unlike hot brewing, it takes a minimum of 12 hours of brewing.

What you need:

Tea of ​​your choice: 1.5 teaspoon of loose tea or 1 tea bag
Volume of water: 1 cup (8 fl oz.)
Water temperature: cold
Infusion time: 12 hours

Preparation steps

STEP 1: Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Use cool or room temperature water. No need to boil water to brew cold tea. The tastiest tea is made with the best water, so use filtered water.

STEP 2: Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

Most teas should be cold brewed for at least 12 hours EXCEPT green teas. Green tea like sencha should only be cold brewed for 3 hours.

Green tea in general is more delicate to prepare, both hot and cold. It can taste bitter if not prepared properly. Black tea, oolong tea and herbal teas are the easiest to prepare because and must be steeped for 12 hours.

STEP 3: Filter the tea leaves.

Instead of using a strainer, the easiest way to brew cold brew tea is to use a teapot with a filter as you can simply remove the infuser instead of straining the tea into another container.

STEP 4: Pour the tea into a cup with or without ice.

Cold brew tea is already cooled, so adding ice is optional.

Cold iced tea contains caffeine, unless you used herbal tea

All types of teas can be cold infused, some precautions should be taken with tea see (see above)

Cold tea will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator

It is best to buy loose tea for brewing as it is generally better, but it is quite possible to use teabags.
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Easy-to-make e-tea cocktails

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The weather is fine, the weather is hot, it is the time for aperitifs and summer suppers. To accompany sweet or savory bites, there's nothing like a fresh cocktail! In this article you will find ideas for alcoholic tea-based cocktails that are super easy to make, let's go!

Alcoholic tea-based cocktails:

Cosmo 'with green tea (dose for 1 glass)

Ingredients:

60 ml of sweet green tea with a teaspoon of honey
30 ml of vodka
15 ml of triple sec (Cointreau, grand marnier ...)
15 ml lemon juice
15 ml cranberry juice

Preparation

For the preparation, nothing could be simpler, add all the ingredients in a shaker and shake everything. Pour into a cosmo glass (if you have one). For the decorative touch, add a lemon wedge on the edge of the glass.

Sparkling iced tea

Ingredients:

250 ml of hot, heavily brewed tea (you can choose the tea of ​​your choice but preferably unflavoured basic)
20g caster sugar
30ml of syrup of your choice (peach, grenadine, orange, lemon ...)
1 liter of sparkling water
Fresh fruits (those of your choice)

Preparation

Combine sugar, syrup and hot, very steeped tea. Let this mixture cool. When it is cold, fill a glass with ice cubes (half filled) add the mixture to the tea and then a little sparkling water. For taste and decoration, add berries!

Spicy tea cocktail

A strong tea-based cocktail that will amaze your taste buds!

The ingredients:

45 ml spiced rum
120 ml lemon iced tea
Ice cubes
2 lime or lemon wedges
A few orange peels (optional)

Preparation

In a tall glass containing the ice cubes, pour the rum and the pre-infused lemon iced tea.
Stir the cocktail with a spoon. Add the lime / lemon wedges / orange peels.

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