I have been drinking a lot of this tea, cold steeped and sweetened with homemade simple syrup. I am logging it today because I tried something a little different. Instead of plain simple syrup, I made a lavender infused syrup to sweeten this. (Lavender is also really good in Tulsi.)

The syrup tastes a lot like Chowan’s Lavender candies or Parma Violets. Added to the strawberry and lemon flavors of Lady Londonderry, it made a really foofy, girly glass of iced tea to go with lunch. I have been craving sodas because it is so hot outside, so I am using cold steeped tea to beat those cravings.

If you don’t like lavender, you wouldn’t like this syrup at all. But if you can handle the floral taste, it is nice switch up for summer tea. I am really enjoying this one cold steeped. I wonder how a vanilla syrup would taste in it? Next experiment!

Other food experimenting is taking place today. I made home made ketchup, and for the first batch I decided to experiment and use malt vinegar in place of white vinegar, and added Penzey’s chili powder and made a few other little changes. It was really good with hamburger meat – more or less it was a sloppy joe. Next up will be actual plain ketchup.

JacquelineM

Yum to all of the above!

ashmanra

The ketchup didn’t smell like ketchup at first, and really didn’t smell appetizing to me, but after it simmers it is wonderful! I love being able to control how thick it is, how sweet, how tangy, etc.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I think I’ll head into the kitchen and make a lavender simple syrup. I bet that would be good in my evening chamomile tea as well! I’ve made some tea flavoured simple syrups, and they’re so good with club soda or other sparkly water. :)

ashmanra

That sounds great! How did you make the tea flavored ones? I have only done cherry and lavender.

OMGsrsly

I followed these parameters. :) I only made half a batch, though. I just don’t go through it fast enough. http://www.silkroadteastore.com/recipes/canton-orange-syrup-tea-recipe/

ashmanra

Thank you, thank you! Love the link! Do you have any special tea blends or certain flavors that you feel work best?

OMGsrsly

Anything you like iced, really! I’ve used some herbal teas, fruit teas, and Royal Abkhazi. I’m thinking of trying La La Lemon and a blood orange tea. :)

ashmanra

Great! Thanks!

JacquelineM

Earl Grey Tea Soda come to mama! Thanks for the tea syrup recipe, OMGsrsly!

ashmanra

I thought of you, Jacqueline! I still don’t have my Primo but maybe I had better get on the ball!

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JacquelineM

Yum to all of the above!

ashmanra

The ketchup didn’t smell like ketchup at first, and really didn’t smell appetizing to me, but after it simmers it is wonderful! I love being able to control how thick it is, how sweet, how tangy, etc.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I think I’ll head into the kitchen and make a lavender simple syrup. I bet that would be good in my evening chamomile tea as well! I’ve made some tea flavoured simple syrups, and they’re so good with club soda or other sparkly water. :)

ashmanra

That sounds great! How did you make the tea flavored ones? I have only done cherry and lavender.

OMGsrsly

I followed these parameters. :) I only made half a batch, though. I just don’t go through it fast enough. http://www.silkroadteastore.com/recipes/canton-orange-syrup-tea-recipe/

ashmanra

Thank you, thank you! Love the link! Do you have any special tea blends or certain flavors that you feel work best?

OMGsrsly

Anything you like iced, really! I’ve used some herbal teas, fruit teas, and Royal Abkhazi. I’m thinking of trying La La Lemon and a blood orange tea. :)

ashmanra

Great! Thanks!

JacquelineM

Earl Grey Tea Soda come to mama! Thanks for the tea syrup recipe, OMGsrsly!

ashmanra

I thought of you, Jacqueline! I still don’t have my Primo but maybe I had better get on the ball!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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