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Long week, no tea scribbling. Time to imbibe and catch up.

There are three reasons for me to shout hooray for this Zelda-inspired tea blend: one, I created it and yet it still makes me laugh, two, it’s based on my own Pop-Culture Childhood Memories (patent pending), and three, it tastes pretty darn good: a full-bodied ceylon with strong notes of apricot, strawberry, and a hint of zesty orange … exactly the flavors which certain video game heroes might pluck off of their video game trees … or rather, the flavors on which good fruit smoothies are based, a description which, while accurate, does not have an appropriately cheesy ring to it.

As a fruit-infused ceylon, this blend benefits from the shorter end of the steeping timer, i.e. about 3 minutes in total. (What are you doing with your ceylon teas these days, Adagio, that makes them so overwhelmingly strong without careful monitoring?) To enhance the fruity flavors here, I recommend a dose or two of sweetener. One can never truly escape one’s own hummingbird-nectared past, it seems, no matter how many black teas one tries!

This would be smashing as an iced tea, so I’m still waiting for summer. I’m also still waiting for the herbal strawberry tea to be back in stock at Adagio so I can use it in this blend instead of the flavored ceylon variety. I crave real strawberries for this one, so excuuuuuuuse me, berry preferences.

And now it’s time for the tea-haiku portion of our little tea show:

No tri in your force?
Have you killed your own fairy?
Restart with fruit tea!

“I’ve fought demons,” whined
Link, “so where is my kissy?”
Slap! “Well excuuuuuuuse me!”

Preparation
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The DJBooth

That title is marvelous!

ambientqueenie

I love it too; my tea-blending subconscious may very well be trying to make itself feel less old by finding others who remember the dusty old cartoon from whence said title came. :P

The DJBooth

I’ve been watching the old Mario brothers cartoon on Netflix :)

ambientqueenie

God bless Netflix and YouTube! Where would all our oldskool pop culture references be without them?

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The DJBooth

That title is marvelous!

ambientqueenie

I love it too; my tea-blending subconscious may very well be trying to make itself feel less old by finding others who remember the dusty old cartoon from whence said title came. :P

The DJBooth

I’ve been watching the old Mario brothers cartoon on Netflix :)

ambientqueenie

God bless Netflix and YouTube! Where would all our oldskool pop culture references be without them?

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Ingredients: Deep thoughts, humorous beguilements, cinema and literature and the theater, education and enlightenment and wishful thinking, the dessert course, teacups rife with tea, kittens, pirates, and the letter Q.

Combine all ingredients, adding true love and sweetener to taste. Let marinate. Serve as necessary.

Yield: 1.

Opposite Universe Yield: 2. (Follow recipe as written, then follow recipe backward, separating antonyms of all ingredients. Make sure to protect mind from becoming blown.)

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