I haven’t done a Friday Tea and Chocolate post in quite a while – ok, let’s be honest: I haven’t posted much of anything in a while.
But that’s ok. Sometimes you need a break from things in the summer. Plus, it has really been so hot that I haven’t done much tea drinking at all. When it’s really hot, like it has been all summer, I don’t really enjoy iced tea that much – all I want to drink is water with maybe some fruit in it.
I did experimented with making my own iced chai lattes at home. Not all chai teas work in an iced version it would seem! I found some of my spicier mixes with chilli in them did not do well cold. But I hit on a version that I really liked using Stash’s Double Spiced Chai. I would brew up a big mug in the evening, just adding honey or sugar (but no milk) while it was hot – this was the key to get the sweetener to dissolve and mix well with the tea. Then I would stick it in the fridge over night and pour it over ice in the morning and then mix it with vanilla soy milk. Delicious. And much much cheaper than buying them at a cafe!
But summer is drawing to a close and seeing as we’re finally expecting some rain today and the rest of the weekend it seemed appropriate to get back into tea. I thought I would share a few tea links that made me smile this week.
- The Tea Time Toss from Thirsty For Tea. What a cute idea for helping you decide which tea in your stash you should dive into! I also wish more cafes did this – it would make my decision making process much easier!
- Jasmine Green Tea Lemonade from Tea With Me. Heather has long been one of my favourite fellow tea lovers and I do enjoy her blog so much. This looks like a refreshing iced tea to try.
- The Tilted Cup and Silicone Tea Strainer. Ethan bought me this on one of his many road trips this summer and the silicone tea strainer is genius. Because it fits snugly on the side of the cup, the strainer is perfect for using on my really big mugs where my metal in cup tea strainer is too small to balance on the rim.
- Chocolate Codex. It can’t be a proper Tea & Chocolate Friday without some chocolate so I wanted to share a new website that I know has been a labour of love for my friend Jasmine (you might know her from The Blenderist) and her partner Chris. If you want to learn more about the nuances of chocolate you have to check out what they’ve built!
That’s it for this week. I hope you’re enjoying a hot cuppa somewhere out there!