When I created Tea No. 3, Summer Child, I put a lot of thought into what kind of tea I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be peachy, but not so aromatic that it smelled like potpourri. I wanted it to evoke feelings of an amber elixir that could cool you down on a hot summer day. Something clean, refreshing, yet full-bodied and sweet.
I named the tea after my niece, Clarissa Mathilda, who was born on the 3rd of June. Hence, Tea Number Three.
It's got black tea, peach pieces and vanilla flavor. It's warm, inviting and thirst-quenching. Perfect hot or iced it is ideal for any occasion. Over the weekend I started to crave iced tea so I got right on it.
Measured out about 5 Tablespoons or so...
into a muslin bag.
Poured boiling water into my trusty pitcher and steeped for about 4-5 minutes.
Sampled the tea while still hot. Yes, definitely delicious. Beautiful, clear, bright, reddish amber liquor. In one of my favorite tea cups from my favorite donut shop in Japan.
Here's what the wet leaves look like.
While in the kitchen I noticed Sergiy had left half a bag of sugar he had used for cooking on the countertop. So as to not be wasteful I transferred the sugar into a Ball Mason Jar, scooped out a few heaping tablespoons of Tea No. 14, Love Spell and threw it in with the sugar. I have some aromatic salts infused with lavender and other herbs so I figured this was no different.
Boy, does it smell good!
Hibiscus flower, lemon peel, red rose petals, rose hips, apple pieces, and flavor...
Then I came up with another brilliant idea. I had been lounging on the couch moments prior to my iced tea craving, perusing through a few cookbooks I had taken down from my bookshelf when it hit me. Peach and rosemary. Peach AND rosemary. I just happened to have fresh rosemary in the kitchen. I was also munching on some savory salted almonds. I only mention that because I think that might have been the source of my inspiration.
So, I plucked a few pieces of rosemary and put it into each compartment of the ice cube tray. I also took a nice healthy branch and placed it into the pitcher.
After a few hours I took out the ice cubes from the tray and the iced tea from the refrigerator. Poured into a nice tall glass and added a few rosemary infused ice cubes. The tea was more complex and rich than I imagined it would be.
Happy steeping everyone! Don't forget it's National Hot Tea Month.