Types of Tea

You love tea, but you have no idea what all the different kinds are.  Here is a quick lesson in the types of tea that there are out there and their flavor profiles.

Black – Black Tea is the most common variety out there today.  Black tea is a bit more bitter than other tea’s and has the most caffeine.  It is very versatile and can be used in most drinks and recipe’s if you want a strong taste of tea.

Flavored – Flavored Tea can be any variety of tea that has extra spices or additives to make it taste like something specific.  Common types of flavored tea have cinnamon, orange peel, blackberry, lemon and lavender.

Green – Green Tea has a very delicate flavor.  It uses the same leaves as the black tea, but they are dried fairly soon after the leaves are picked so that they do not fully ferment.  Green tea does have some caffeine, but not as much as black tea.

Herbal – Herbal Tea are technically tea.  Instead of using tea leaves, Herbal tea’s use flowers, spices and herbs instead for their flavor. Herbal tea’s typically have no caffeine unless they are mixed with regular tea.

Oolong – Oolong Tea is a black tea that is fermented more than white tea, but less that black tea.  This give the tea a richer taste than white tea, but a milder taste than black tea.  It does also contain some caffeine.

White – White Tea is also tea leaves that are picked when they are very young and dried shortly after so there is little to no fermenting.  It has a very soft flavor and has the least amount of caffeine as other types of tea. (except herbal)

 

Easy Iced Tea

You just love making iced tea, but it can be really time consuming to make sometimes.  To make a quick and easy pot of iced tea use your coffee maker.

Grab 2 or 3 tea bags and place in the basket of your automatic coffee maker.  Add the water and prepare as you would coffee.

When it is done brewing, grab a large plastic juice container and fill with ice. (don’t use glass, it might break from the temperature change)  Pour your hot tea over the ice and add sugar to taste.

Holiday Prosecco

You are having a Christmas party and you want to serve something a bit different this year. Here is a treat that not only tastes great but is quite affordable.

Prosecco is an italian wine that is a bit stronger in alcohol strength than beer. It is named for the Prosecco grape.

It is dry and crisp with hints of fruit.

You can serve it just like champagne and with it’s low price a bottle it is great to use for large groups of people.

Chilling Summers

There is nothing like a tall cool drink on a hot summer day. Unfortunately as it gets hotter out your ice cubes melt making your drinks watery. Try this handy tip to add a bit of spice to your summer drinks.

Get a couple of extra lemons, limes, strawberries or even use some balled melon depending on your drink.

When you get the fruit home, wash it thoroughly and cut into medium sized pieces. Place on a flat cooking sheet in your freezer.

Once the fruit has been thoroughly frozen, usually a couple of hours, place them into a large zip lock storage bag and freeze.

Now when you prepare your favorite refreshment, drop in a couple pieces of fruit for coolness and added flavor.

No More Watered Down Iced Drinks

When you are making iced drinks such as coffee, tea, or juice (non-alcoholic) you find that by the time that you get to the bottom the ice cubes have watered down your drink.

To prevent this from happening again simply make a bit extra of your cold drink and freeze it into ice cube trays.

Now when you make up your favorite drink drop in a few cubes and sip away!

Jiggler Shots

For a more jiggly form of alcohol fun, make some jiggler shots.

Prepare a 4oz box of any flavor gelatin with 1 cup boiling water. Once all of the gelatin has dissolved, stir in 3/4 cup champagne, gin, rum, or vodka.

Pour into ice cube trays and refrigerate until set.

(if you share the house with small children make sure that you place them out of reach, and make some with a different colored flavor for them using water instead of alcohol)

Remove from the trays to serve.

Smoothies All Year

Want fresh fruit smoothies all year long?

During each season, buy extras of whatever is ripe and freeze in containers or bags containing about a cup of fruit.

Now when ever you are ready for a smoothie, grab a bag of fruit and place in a blender with ¼ cup Vanilla Yogurt, ¼ cup Orange Juice and if you like a tablespoon of Wheat Germ.

Blend away for a great smoothie anytime!

Halloween Ice Ring

To make a creepy or fun ice ring is a snap and will liven up any punch Find a Ring jello mold or use any cake pan that you might have that will fit inside your punch bowl comfortably.

Arrange 1 – 2 cups of gummy worms, candy corn or candy pumpkins into the bottom of the cake pan/ring.

Add 1 quart of colored punch of choice. Best choices to really stand out are to use a contrasting color of your punch. If you have green punch, use lemonade or pineapple juice, if you have red punch use orange kool aid or other like drink.

Place the cake pan/ring into the freezer and freeze until solid, at least over night.

“Handy” Punch

If you want to liven up your punch a bit at your next Halloween party, go to your local medical supply store and pick up a box of non-latex disposable gloves.

Take out a few of the gloves and rinse them inside and out well with warm water to remove any powder.

Fill the gloves with water or colored juice (different color than your punch) and tightly seal the end using a chip clip or other method.

Place the glove onto a cookie sheet and place into the freezer. Freeze at least 3 hours until frozen solid.(preferably make up the night before)

When you have your punch made and guests arriving, remove the “hands” from the freezer and rinse under warm water to loosen up the glove. Remove the glove from the ice had and place in your punch bowl.