Showing posts with label cold tea infusions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cold tea infusions. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Getting Through Hot Summer Days with Infused Waters

Sometimes we as individuals just do things that are 'naturally' good, infused waters are one of those super special/simple things.  We don't think about each and every mineral or vitamin and how it burns fat, decreases cholesterol, detoxifies, makes us youthful or gives us energy.  We just love that this beautiful beverage is simple to make, flavorful and thirst quenching.
Orange Mint, sliced fresh Ginger, Thyme and a black tea bag over ice
Mason Jars in the 24 ounce size are my favorite style glass to use.  They are the perfect size, a pint and a half, to get the full cold infused beverage experience.  Not too big, not too wimpy just large enough for a full flavored infusion.
Blueberry tea, Lavender, Sage, Thyme and organic sugar
Another great addition to your creation is a stainless steel drinking straw, the wide ones.  These are 8.5" long but, you can get them up to 12".  The trick is to get the wide style to then use in extra thick shakes and smoothies. You know you want one everyday of your life!
Peppermint and Red Rose Tea w/brown sugar, reminding me of my Grandmother
Yes, I do mix it up on the sweetener but, rarely use processed white, love brown sugar and occasionally will squirt a couple drops of Stevia in.
Blueberry, Bronze Fennel and Spearmint w/Agave
Celestial Seasoning teas are truly good quality teas, very flavorful and crazy easy to find in your local grocery store. Lemon, Blueberry and Peach are a good base for any additions you will be inclined to add along with a caffeinated tea such as Assam, Green or Ceylon.  I love Oolong and need to find a source.  
Organic Strawberries and Spring Water
These infused waters can be very light.  Sliced fruit or vegetables ie. a luscious strawberry, tart lemon, perfect peach, mellow watermelon, savory celery or refreshing cucumber make wonderful additions.
Here is a savory infusion including organic Celery, Pot Marjoram, shaved Ginger and Thyme w/no sweetener
Don't over think it.  Take a glass, 1/2  fill it with ice, pour spring water over top, poke some fruit/herbs/tea bags or a bit of everything  in your infusion adding sugar perhaps. You can make them ahead but, I drink while and during the steeping process adding more ice or water as needed.

What possible combos are intriguing to you?  Plum and Thyme, Sage and Apple or Peach and Rosemary sound like refreshing pairings.

filmstrip captures of PA Wilds Conservation Shop at -Kinzua Bridge State Park-

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Monday, November 11, 2013

kitchen herbs- 2013 window sill

herb collection this year:  Bay, pot Marjoram, Sage, Lavender/Thyme and Parsley... with Rosemary living on the counter across
Every year some herbs make it to the kitchen window sill, at the ready for cooking or teas.  I really chopped at the 3 year old Bay tree, trying to sculpt the branches into more of a standard form and also trimmed back others.
a lone Sage leaf was added to a cold brewed Constant Comment tea bag floating in my fave water bottle....today's studio beverage :)
Making infusions of fresh herbs, cold water, tea bags and spices is crazy simple.  Great drinks to wake you up or for relaxation or at the ready with those Winter rescues from the porch or garden!

Monday, September 09, 2013

easy cold tea infusions and herb gardens


When heading to the studio or out for the day I find it is so crazy easy to take a couple tea bags, fresh herbs, organic sugar, water and ice into a straight sided wide mouth mason jar and have a refreshing cold infusion of herbs and tea.
1. Celestial Seasonings peach tea, sliced ginger root, orange mint, sage, lavender  2. black tea & orange mint  3. Celestial Seasonings Blueberry, lavender and thyme
Stainless steel straws are pretty terrific, being perfect on a hot day, retaining all that cool iciness on your lips :) These mason jars fit in cup holders for on the go enjoyment just watch your teeth when driving tee hee :P
a few herbs, thyme, sweet marjoram and rosemary, kept close for easy snipping
parsley, tarragon, sage, lavender and thyme at the ready
More are in the back garden off of the kitchen for teas, cooking and bouquet making as well as an orange mint patch off the front stoop when creating a fusion.  I have used mints in drinks forever such as orange mint or apple mint crushed in with drink mixes for a picnic or just walking by the blue balsam mint grabbing a leaf to chew while heading to meet with a client in the studio.  My daughters/guests absolutely love apple mint crushed in with a good lemonade mix for a very tasty pitcher.  There are still patches of spearmint, peppermint, blue balsam, orange, apple and pineapple mints coming up here and there left from when I had an herb shoppe back in the 90's.  Lemon balm surrounds the front porch as well as the studio for brushing passed those fragrant path herbs and Rugosa roses line the old hemlock fence facing Church Street adding fragrance and beauty to the space.
Rugosa roses have fairly large fruit or hips to make jellies and are very fragrant along the hemlock fence

instagram catches from the Spring

off the back porch toward studio

getting started

chives and lemon balm border
what would you put in your cold infusion?

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