I've been asked to bring something to share at a family reunion. Of course tea comes to mind for obvious reasons, but usually the options for the kids are soda or a vat of sugary lemonade. Now if my kids are running around all day in the sun, I know sugary options are going to drag them down and they won't stay hydrated. So the best reason is to provide an option that's healthy, hydrating, and delicious. Plus people are always impressed with a lovely glass dispenser of iced tea - especially when it's as beautiful as this!
Here's the simple recipe.
Makes a 2 quart pitcher - serves 8 If you're making a double batch, save the tea bags, they are whole leaf and can be steeped a second time!
8 cups water
1/4 cup ginger, peeled and sliced
8 Cedar Lake Teas Organic Sweet Ginger Green tea bags
1/2 cup mint leaves, tightly packed, plus extra to serve
1/3 cup honey
1 lemon, cut in half
In a medium-sized pot, combine the water and ginger slices. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit for 5-7 minutes to cool. (If your water is too hot you will burn the tea and mint.) Add the tea bags and mint leaves. Cover the pot and steep for about 8-10 minutes.
Remove tea bags and mint with slotted spoon. Mix in the honey and juice from half of the lemon into the tea. Transfer to a pitcher and cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
Slice the second half of the lemon. If serving in a dispenser or pitcher, pour tea in and add a few lemon slices and a garnish of mint with the ice. Or if serving in glasses, pour tea into the glasses, add ice and garnish with a slice of lemon and mint.
* Helpful Hint - When I'm taking iced tea to a party, I always dump it in ice cream buckets and refrigerate until I'm ready to go. That way it stays cold and it prevents spilling, tipping or breaking the glass serving dispenser.
Looking for an easy, crowd pleasing, thirst quenching drink? This is it! It's not overly sweet and it goes great with anything you throw on the grill, or at a grad party. Make it ahead and pack it to go on the boat or take camping. It will keep in your fridge or cooler for a few days - if it lasts that long!
Ginger Peach Cocktail for a Crowd
Makes 10-12 servings
10 C boiling water
8 Cedar Lake Teas Ginger Peach tea bags
1/3 Cup Triple Sec
1/3 Cup Peach Schnapps
1/2 Cup simple syrup
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup of water
You are going to be steeping the tea bags twice so we will do this in two easy steps.
Step 1. Have 2 large pots ready. In the first pot, place the tea bags. In the second pot, heat 10 cups water until it is almost boiling, then remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes (so it cools enough that you don’t burn the tea leaves). Add 5 cups of the heated water to the tea bags. Let steep for 6 minutes.
Step 2. Remove tea bags from first pot and place them in the remaining 5 cups of water to steep a second time for 6 minutes. When done steeping, remove tea bags and discard. Pour both brewed teas together into one pot. Add simple syrup* and alcohol, stir. Place in fridge to cool. (If serving right away, fill a cup with ice, pour drink over the top to quick cool. Add more ice if necessary.
When ready to serve, pour into a tall glass filled with ice.
*To make the simple syrup, boil one cup sugar with one cup water until dissolved.
This popcorn is light, earthy and sweet with a little kick of chili pepper. Take it on the go when outdoors or snuggle up to a bowl for movie night.
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
2 Tbl coconut oil
2 Tbl Cedar Lake Teas Belly Buster Tea (found at Fresh Thyme, co-ops or online
2 Tbl butter
sprinkle of chili powder
1 Tbl Fresh Thyme Salted Caramel Sauce
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 300.
In a small pot, place tea with butter and heat until butter melts.Remove from heat and let sit while popping popcorn. Strain leaves from butter. To the melted butter add the caramel, chili powder and salt. Stir to combine.
In a large pot with a lid, melt coconut oil on medium high heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels and cover. When kernels pop, remove from heat and add remaining 1/3 cup popcorn kernels. Put back on heat, tilt the lid so moisture can escape and pop until done, shaking frequently.
Remove pot from heat and add butter/caramel mixture.
Pour popcorn onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven stirring frequently for 5-8 min. Watch so it doesn't burn. Remove from oven and pour in bowl. Sprinkle with more salt as desired.
Cedar Lake Teas Cinnamon Black Tea Breakfast Bread
This bread will amaze you! It's moist and full of flavor from the cinnamon and subtle notes of the tea. If you try it with Earl Grey and orange peel, you will enjoy a more spicy bread with more tea flavor and a citrus sweetness. While you are baking, make a double batch, one to eat and one to give. They freeze well, too.
Note, our tea steeps beautifully a second time. After the first steep in milk, strain the tea leaves and set aside. Then get your next pot of milk hot and reuse the leaves a second time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 large loaf or 3 small loaves
If you are using Earl Grey tea, add 1 tsp of orange peel in with cinnamon.
This recipe was made with dairy products but could easily be made with non-dairy alternatives for the milk and butter.
Kombucha - You are ready to try it!
At first I was nervous about making my own Kombucha. I enjoy canning but for Kombucha I had the “I don’t know what I’m doing!” fear.
Thanks to a knowledgeable friend who walked me through it, it was super easy and quick! I’ll do the same for you - basically, you are going to put some sweet tea in a big jar with a SCOBY (see below), let it sit for 2 weeks on the counter, bottle it and add fruit (if desired). Refrigerate and enjoy! Repeat with new tea, same SCOBY.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made with tea, sugar and a culture of yeast and bacteria. Kombucha originated around 2,000 years ago by the Chinese and is known not only for it’s delicious, sweet fizzy taste, but for its wonderful health benefits.
After being fermented, Kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, enzymes, high levels of antioxidants, b-vitamins, probiotics and glucaric acid. It has been reported to have a variety of health benefits including:
· Cleansing and detoxification
· Immune support
· Increased energy
· Better digestion
· Reduced joint pain and more…
What you need to do first -
Get a SCOBY- What's a SCOBY?
SCOBYs are living and thriving colonies of bacteria and unfortunately, you can’t just pick up a high quality one at your grocery store. There are a couple ways to acquire a SCOBY.
· If you know anyone who already brews Kombucha, ask them for an extra SCOBY and they will probably be glad to pass one on. The SCOBY has a “baby” every batch or two and this baby can then be used to brew Kombucha. Just make sure to ask them to include 2 cups of the brewed liquid to use as a strong starter liquid in making your own. You’ll need one SCOBY and 2 cups of starter liquid for each gallon you plan to brew.
· You can make your own. It takes roughly 2 to 4 weeks to grow a new SCOBY from scratch. There are lots of blogs with recipes.
Once you have a SCOBY gather up everything else -
Tea – you can use caffeinated (black teas), low-moderate caffeine (green teas), or caffeine free teas (rooibos or herbal blend). Check our shop. I made mine with a black tea because my husband likes the caffeine so he can drink this all day. Try it with one type and switch to another on your second batch, or you can even blend teas.
Sweetener – Use white sugar or organic sugar
Filtered water - preferably free of chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride
Scoby and about 2 cups of Kombucha liquid from whomever gave it to you. (If you don't have starter liquid, store bought Kombucha can be used instead.)
Large glass jar – I used a cookie jar
Coffee filter or kitchen towel to cover jar
Big pot for brewing tea
Never use any metal while stirring or handling the SCOBY. It can damage it. Always handle the SCOBY with clean hands so you don’t damage the bacteria.
Lets get started!!!!
Prepare the sweet tea
· 15 tea bags (or ½ cup of loose tea)
· 1 ½ cups of sugar (organic preferably)
· 16 cups filtered water (one gallon)
Fill a large pot with filtered water. Bring up to temperature for tea (black or herbal tea = 190°, green tea 150°-160°). If you don’t have a thermometer, just boil the water for black/herbal tea and take it off the heat for a few minutes. For green tea, bring temp to just a slight simmer and remove for a few minutes and add tea.
Add the leaves and sugar and give a stir to dissolve sugar.
Let tea cool to room temperature, sitting covered overnight is best. This step is very important as too hot of tea can kill your SCOBY.
Once tea is completely cool, strain the leaves or remove the tea bags. Pour into your large glass jar, leaving room to add the SCOBY and starter Kombucha.
With very clean hands, add the starter liquid and SCOBY. The SCOBY may sink or float, it makes no difference, as the new SCOBY will eventually form on the top.
Cover the jar with a coffee filter or kitchen towel.
Put the jar in a warm (around 75-85 degrees is best) corner of the kitchen where it is at least a few feet away from any other fermenting products. I put a note on top that says the date I started it and the date it’s done (which is about 2 weeks).
Let sit to ferment for around 2 weeks or so, though the length of time may vary depending on your temperature. You can taste test the Kombucha to see if it is done after day 7. It should taste tart but still very slightly sweet also.
Make sure to stir it with a wooden spoon every couple days to keep the yeast and cultures that have sunk to the bottom moving through your brew. Do it slowly as it may be fizzy!
At this point, Kombucha is ready for a second ferment. If you aren’t doing the second ferment, just pour the Kombucha into jars with airtight lids and seal until ready to drink.
Reserve the SCOBY and 2 cups of Kombucha for another batch. If you will start another batch, follow steps from beginning.
Second Ferment (How to Make Soda!)
Kombucha can be consumed as soon as it is done brewing, but adding fruit juice or fruit can make Kombucha carbonated and slightly sweeter, which is often more appealing to kids. It is an easy second step too!
Dispense the kombucha in to mason jars with plastic lids or clam down bottles, leaving about 1 inch of the room at the top for add ins.
Add fruit juice to almost fill the jar, or fresh fruit of choice and then cap tightly to allow the mixture to carbonate.
Leave out at room temperature for 2-3 days to allow to carbonate.
De-fizz – fizz will build up so open carefully. Never let a child open the bottle unless you check it first. Pressure can also break the jars if not de-fizzed every few days.
Store in fridge until ready to drink.
Suggested add-ins -
· Minced ginger root and blueberries
· 1/2 organic lemon (quartered) and 1/2 tsp grated ginger (tastes like Sprite)
· Minced ginger root and citrus
· 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries
· Prunes and vanilla (Dr. Pepper/Cream soda type taste)
· Apple juice or apple pieces
Belly Buster Tea!
I like broccoli, but I couldn't eat it all day or the co-workers would complain. So if you're looking for something healthy that tastes great for managing digestion, weight, and proper elimination* - try our Organic Belly Buster tea.
Here's why I like Belly Buster for belly bustin'...
Belly Buster ingredients are supurb. The base is a Pu'erh tea - a darkened tea from China traditionally known for it's cleansing abilities. It's a smooth, non-bitter tea with moderate caffeine. And the additional ingredients are a unique blend of cranberry, fennel, ginsing, cocoa nibs and orange peel. It's not too tangy, not too sweet.
Belly Buster's delicious ingredients have been carefully selected to not only taste great but to work together at battling the bulge.
Taste and you'll see, veggies are good, but Belly Buster is better!
*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tom & Jerry Tea Drink
Bring this to your next work party, or serve it for your holiday gathering. Kids will love it after a day of sledding (without the alcohol, of course).
Recipe for one pitcher:
7 Cedar Lake Teas Apricot Chai Organic Tea bags
7 Cups boiling water
1/3 Cup (packed and heaping) brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
Brandy (we used 5 shots for the pitcher - so do it to taste)
Boil 7 cups of water in a pot on the stove. Add 7 tea bags and let steep for 6-8 minutes (they may get bitter if you leave in longer). Remove bags and set aside. Add brown sugar and nutmeg to pot and stir until dissolved. Add brandy.
If you'd like to make a second batch, our tea bags can be steeped a second time (they are a larger serving than most tea bags and are a whole leaf tea - not crushed). Repeat the directions for a second pitcher, using the same tea bags you set aside.
Enjoy topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
So yesterday, Cedar Lake Teas was invited to sample a few teas at Family Fresh Grocery in New Richmond, WI (our hometown) for a Chamber member event. We jump at the opportunity to serve locals!
So the question was, which teas to serve? I knew I wanted a few hot and a cold- it's fall and people are leaning more toward hot tea, but sometimes with food, a good iced tea helps wash it all down.
I choose our Sweet Ginger Green. The caffeine level was perfect for evening and it has a nice clean taste that doesn't overpower the rich food that was also being served. It's also versatile because it's light, not too heavy in ginger and not too sweet - which makes it a great pallet for mixing in ingredients.
I thought about adding lemon, honey, and more ginger, which would be so delicious. But to showcase the tea and not overpower with additions, I went with a simple syrup of brown sugar and water.
The feedback was amazing! Even people who said they were not tea drinkers, went for the iced over the hot and said they could drink this tea! Converts in the making!
So I'm saving this one for the recipe book. It was delicious! I think it would be great even in winter, at a work or church party, friend or family gatherings, or just a weekend lunch.
Let me know what you think!
Sweet Ginger Goodness
Recipe for 1 pitcher:
5 Cedar Lake Teas Sweet Ginger Green tea bags
8 Cups cold filtered water
1 Cup cold filtered water
2-4 Tbl brown sugar (I used 2 in my recipe - but do it to taste)
Heat but do not boil 8 cups cold water in a large pot. Add 5 tea bags. Steep tea 6-8 minutes. Remove tea bags.
In a separate pot, boil one cup water and add brown sugar. Boil 1 minute until sugar dissolves. Add syrup to tea and place in refrigerator to cool. When ready to serve add ice if desired.
Here at CLT, we appreciate a good video on how to make something - we are very visual learners here! So we decided to try our creative wits at a video for how to make one of our favorite and most popular drinks - Apricot Chai Chata. It's not a video made by professionals, edited for mistakes, color corrected or any of that fancy jazz. It's raw - we know. But the Apricot Chai Chata is fantastic! And....we had fun trying!
Apricot Chai Chata Recipe:
2 Cedar Lake Teas Organic Apricot Chai Tea
3 Cups boiling water
Boil water. Steep 3 minutes.
Cool overnight or fill a cup with ice.
Add a "splash" to taste of Rum Chata.
This punch would be perfect for your Halloween party!
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Chocolate Mint why yes
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From our Customers
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Cedar Lake Teas is a small independent brand located in New Richmond, WI. Our team hand blends premium whole-leaf, 100% organic teas and herbs in small batches for the freshest taste at an affordable price.
100% organic means our teas are blended using ingredients that are certified organic by the supplier and through MOSA - our organic certification experts. We do not use artificial ingredients, colors, sweeteners, we are non-gmo and many of our teas are fair trade.
We're a company made of parents, partners and friends who are inspired by the goodness of the earth and are passionate about sharing our teas with you. We hope you find your favorite with us!
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