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Blog Categories: Beverages

Golden Milk

Posted 02/24/2017

 

What is Golden Milk? In a nutshell, it’s a Westernized version of a traditional Indian drink called haldi doodh, which features turmeric and milk as its main ingredients.

If you’re not familiar with turmeric, it’s a yellowish-orange colored rhizome with a prominent place in the spice world. It’s used in a wide variety of products, such as Indian curry blends, mustards, relishes, tangines, and even as a natural food coloring. Turmeric has a complex and intense woodsy flavor with floral, citrus, and ginger notes.

Additionally, turmeric contains a component called curcumin, which gives turmeric its signature yellowish-orange color. Curcumin has also been the focus of much medical discussion, as many health benefits are ascribed to it – notable its potency as an anti-inflammatory. There’re even some preliminary studies suggesting links between curcumin and its ability to regular blood sugar, prevent depression, reverse liver damage, and even treat Alzheimer’s. However, these studies haven’t demonstrated concrete results in humans yet.

If adding turmeric to your diet is something of interest to you, then that’s where Golden Milk comes in! To prepare this delightful concoction, simply follow the recipe below.

Golden Milk
2 Cups regular milk or a non-dairy based milk, such as almond, cashew, coconut, pecan, or soy.
1 TBSP Honey Granules
1 TSP Turmeric
1/2 TSP Cinnamon (Korintje (regular) or Vietnamese (stronger))
1/4 TSP Ginger Powder
1/4 TSP Cardamom
1/8 TSP Ground Black Peppercorns

1. Blend together the black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric.
2. Add a small amount of the desired milk and stir to form a paste.
3. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until hot but not boiling. Be sure to whisk lightly while heating until all ingredients are incorporated.

Optional: Add a dash of cayenne to heat things up!

For enhanced flavor and potency, try steeping one of the following delicious turmeric based herbal teas in the golden milk: Turmeric Chai, Turmeric Cider, Turmeric Comfort, Turmeric Ginger Rooibos, and Turmeric Truffle.

Additionally, if smoothies are to your liking, then give our Matcha Turmeric Smoothie a shot!

Filed under Health | Tea | Beverages |

Buttered Moonlight Earl Grey

Posted 12/14/2016


In the mood for something decadent? Try buttering up one of our most popular black teas – Moonlight Earl Grey. By itself, this tea features bergamot citrus, vanilla, and cream. Blending it with a bit of butter and our Baker’s Blend creates a rich and creamy refreshment.

1 TBSP Moonlight Earl Grey
2 TSP Baker’s Blend
1 TSP Vanilla Bean Infused Cane Sugar
2 & 1/2 TBSP Butter

1. Soften the butter by letting it sit unrefrigerated for about 20 minutes.
2. Blend together the butter, Baker’s Blend, and Vanilla Bean Sugar.
3. Bring 16 oz of water to a boil, and then steep the tea for 4-5 minutes.
4. Add the butter mixture to the tea and stir until dissolved.
5. Serve and enjoy!

Share this rich treat with a friend…or keep it all for yourself – we won’t tell!

~Optional~
If you’re preparing this on a particularly cold winter night, feel free to add 2 ounces of dark rum to the mix.

This recipe may be used with other full-bodied teas, such as regular Earl Grey (or Decaf), Assam, Black Dragon Pearls, or Chai blends.

Filed under Holiday | Tea | Beverages |

Floral Flavors

Posted 06/03/2016


With spring finally in full bloom, keep yourself cool and experience the unique properties of floral refreshment! There’re a variety of flowers capable of infusing intoxicating aromas, colors, and flavors into your favorite drink. Three of the more popular ones Spice & Tea Merchants carries are hibiscus, lavender, and rose. Below are recipes for agua de jamaica (hibiscus tea), lavender lemonade, and rose syrup. Give them a whirl, and then experiment to see what exciting combinations you can come up with!

As a side note, the recipes below mainly pair flowers with a citrus, but other fruits like blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and strawberries may be thrown into the mix.

[We like to use our honey granules in recipes, but regular honey or sugar may be substituted…especially our flavored sugars.]


Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)
Popular in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, this drink features hibiscus. The end result is a brew that’s deep red, cranberry-like, and has a sweet-tart flavor.

2 Quarts Water
1 Ounce Dried Hibiscus Flowers
1 Cup Honey Granules
4 TSP Lime Juice (about 1 large lime)
Garnish: A fresh lime wedge
Optional: For a spiced version, add the following spices while dissolving the sugar.
   2 Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks
   4 Allspice Berries, Whole

1. Put one quart water and the honey granules in a saucepan (add spices, if using).

2. Bring to a near boil and stir to dissolve honey granules. Remove from heat.

3. Add the dried hibiscus flowers and let steep about an hour.

4. Strain the mixture and discard the hibiscus (and spices).

5. Add the remaining quart of water and the lime juice. Let chill, serve over ice, and garnish with lime wedge.


Lavender Lemonade
Lavender, native to the Mediterranean region, has a vibrant deep purple-blue color and is intensely aromatic. When infused into lemonade, the result is a wonderfully fragrant and soothing bouquet of flavors.

2 Cups Boiling Water
3 TBSP Dried Lavender Flowers (culinary grade)
3/4 Cup Honey Granules
1 Cup Lemon Juice (about 4 large lemons)
4 Cups Cold Water
Garnish: A fresh sprig of lavender or lemon slice
Optional: 1 TBSP Earl Grey tea or Moonlight Earl Grey tea.

1. Place lavender flowers in a heat safe bowl or pitcher (something easy to strain from).

2. Pour boiling water over lavender (and Earl Grey tea, if using), let steep for 5 minutes.

3. Strain out the lavender (and tea), reserve the liquid. Mix in honey granules until dissolved.

4. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Let chill, serve over ice, and garnish with a lavender sprig or lemon slice.


Rose Syrup
This recipe uses the heady quality of rose to yield a tantalizing simple syrup. We like to add a couple tablespoons to a glass and fill with club soda, or mix into our favorite cocktail. It’s also great in iced white tea, such as our Exotic Wedding, Meditative Mind, or White Peony.

1 Ounce Dried Rose Buds/Petals
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Honey Granules
1 TBSP Lemon Juice

1. In a saucepan bring the water and honey granules to a near boil. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the honey granules.

2. Add the rose buds/petals and let simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Add the lemon juice, and let the mix steep for about 30 minutes.

4. Strain out the rose buds/petals. Store the syrup in the refrigerator.

Filed under Beverages | Flowers |
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