With the holiday season in full swing, what’s better than tea-inspired recipes and a nice hot cuppa to entertain yourself and guests? Some of these recipes and tea suggestions are our favorites during the most festive time of year.
Entertaining With Tea
Liven up your traditional ham with this recipe: Baked Ham with Maple-Tea Cardamom Glaze. Your favorite jolly fat man would welcome a pick-me-up next to the chimney. You’ll also love these Chai-Spiced Shortbread Cookies.
Elegant and simple really can be used in the same sentence to describe this recipe for Sugared Cranberries. Plan to include this beautiful and somewhat nutritious treat in your next holiday tea party. They will compliment any type of tea we have have.
- 2 C. granulated sugar
- 2 C. water
- 2 C. fresh cranberries
- ¾ C. superfine sugar
Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.
Relaxing With Tea
Finally, you could use a break from the business of the season too, right? Come in and let us brew up something to warm you, refresh and relax you. Try one of our seasonal teas as a latte: Cranberry Crème, South of the Border or Fireside Chat. Or choose another tea from our huge selection.
Whatever your holidays hold, let us help make them merrier!
December 11th, 2014
You’ve decided to share your love of tea with your friends and family. But how do you know what kinds of tea they’ll like? Here’s an easy guide based on their personality:
Loves strong flavors like barbequed meats, scotch, and coffee.
The smoky notes of Lapsang Souchong are sure to wow you with an expected scent reminiscent of a campfire. It pairs well with chili and other spicy foods.
Has a refined sense of taste and enjoys the finer things in life.
We found this Silver Needles white tea in Northern India. It’s a unique tea, and its delicate floral notes are characteristic of the region.
Appreciates beauty and things made by hand.
Our Flowering Teas Gift Box includes 8 lovely hand-tied tea blossoms. Brew them in a clear glass to watch their blooms reveal dried flowers and special formations.
The Free Spirit
Loves to have fun and enjoys trying new, unusual things.
Children and adults love our Bright Berry Tisane, which combines grapes, currants, hibiscus, and elderberries for a tasty brew full of antioxidants.
Wants what’s best for the earth and the body.
Our Organic Rooibos meets USDA Organic standards and is naturally rich in minerals and antioxidants. It’s a healthy alternative to sports drinks to rehydrate you after a long workout or yoga class.
Is always calm, supportive, and willing to listen.
Ideal to meditate on a quiet afternoon or relax before bed, Mint Chamomile makes the perfect cup to unwind after a tough day. Like your calm friend, it’s impossible to overbrew, no matter how long it stays in hot water.
If you still aren’t sure which tea to give a friend or family member, contact us at email@example.com. We’re happy to recommend teas and create custom gift baskets.
December 4th, 2014
Amidst the clank of silverware and satisfied sighs this Thanksgiving, are you already mapping out a Black Friday shopping excursion? Clear off the table and spread out the door-buster ads. As you do, take a moment to remember what the advent of this season really means. And make The Tea Smith a part of your route this Friday and/or Saturday.
The Tea Smith would like to give back this time of year. So while you may really need the caffeine kick and the warmth of a delicious cup of tea in your hands around mid-morning, you can also enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and slice of Great Harvest Bread – free! Volunteers will be serving you from 11am to 3pm – just about the time you will need to get away from the crowds, rest and regroup. You can visit either our downtown Omaha location on 1118 Howard Street or in midtown on 345 N. 78th Street. Both locations will be serving you on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Feel free to stop in both days if you’d like. We would love to see you and serve you.
Because we want to remember what this season is really about, The Tea Smith will make a donation to the Siena/Francis House for every bowl of soup served. If you wish to join in the spirit of giving, we will also deliver your donation to the Siena/Francis House.
This is one of the largest shelters in the Omaha area. The Siena/Francis House serves the needs of men, women and children offering food, clothing, shelter and hope. These gifts are especially needed during the cold winter months and the holiday season. The house serves an average of 1,100 meals a day and houses nearly 500 people each night. You can read more or make a donation here if you can’t make it in to our store this weekend. Either way, we hope you will be inspired to share what this season of giving is all about.
For now, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! Keep us in mind for the tea lovers on your Christmas shopping list.
November 27th, 2014
The holidays are in full swing, and you probably already started shopping. If you’re stumped on what to buy some very special people, you might want to consider making something by hand.
DIY Holiday Gift: A Cup of Cheer in 5 Easy Steps
This is the perfect gift to say thank you to a teacher or co-worker. It’s also a great way to introduce friends to loose leaf tea. It’s only takes an afternoon to make a bunch, and you can easily customize each one.
What You’ll Need:
- Begin by making your customized tea bags. For each caffeinated tea, like black, green, white, or oolong, place 1 teaspoon of leaves in each tea bag. For herbal infusions, place 1 tablespoon in each tea bag. Fold the bags closed.
- To keep the tea in your tea bags fresh, place them in sandwich bags and gently press the air out of them before sealing. You will want to use separate sandwich bags for each kind of tea for each person’s mug so they don’t mix flavors and scents.
- Place the sealed tea bags in the mug with a card, candy, and other small gifts. You may want to include an explanation of the tea with brewing instructions.
- Wrap each mug with cellophane and tie it with a ribbon.
- Enjoy giving out your cups of cheer!
November 25th, 2014
Still making plans for your grand feast next Thursday? Or does your family celebrate Thanksgiving pot-luck style? Either way, we’ve got some unconventional recipes to add to your traditional meal. Look them over before you finalize your shopping list.
Does your day of feasting start with breakfast? These Whole-Wheat Chai Apple Spice Muffins combine healthy with tasty. Apples, chai tea, whole-wheat, flaxseed, spices and a few other odds and ends make for a nutritious start so you can feel better about taking in a few extra calories later in the day. Brew up a pot of malty Assam tea to go with these muffins.
Turkey is just part of Thanksgiving tradition, right? Add a twist to your turkey this year with a tea rub. This sweet and tart recipe uses hibiscus, cinnamon and brown sugar. Or try a fried turkey recipe with this Apple and Tea Brine, which uses your choice of oolong tea.
Cranberry and Stuffing Sides
Cranberries, another Thanksgiving tradition, can also take on creative twist with tea. Try Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce using Earl Grey Special. And what holiday meal would be complete without the stuffing? Green-Tea Infused Veggie Stuffing is perfect for your vegan guests and ohers who are adventurous in their tastes. Try making it with our Moroccan Mint tea or another green tea of your choice.
Time to get really creative when choosing your dessert menu! Cakes, cookies, or pies: what are your traditional favorites? We’ve found a few that combine our beloved ingredient. You can probably guess it. Tea! Thai Tea Cake with Condensed Milk Custard Sauce makes a lovely addition (and goes well with a slice of pumpkin pie, too). Or do you have some chocolate-loving dinner guests? Chocolate is the dessert that needs no season. Check out this simple and delicious Earl Grey Infused Blender Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Don’t forget about everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving: the leftovers. Here’s a great recipe for Turkey Tea Sandwiches. Try one or all of these and let us know what you like. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 20th, 2014