Tea of the Week for May 7, 2018!
One day while web surfing, I came across a recipe for a Ginger Mint Julep. I’m not sure why the recipe intrigued me, but it did. When I find an intriguing recipe, inevitably I have this thought: How would that translate into tea? Yes, I am a tea geek.
So, I drafted a recipe and decided that I must make this for the first week of May because . . . Kentucky Derby!
I started with my usual blend of black teas: Assam, Yunnan and Ceylon. As I blended these teas, I decided more Yunnan was needed – so I went heavy on the Yunnan for this particular blend. Then I added bourbon essence, some spearmint and ginger root. Some crystallized ginger was also added because to make a Mint Julep, simple syrup is added. Since I can’t add simple syrup to my tea without making a mess and basically ruining the tea – I decided that the sugar of the crystallized ginger would take the place of the simple syrup without destroying that which I have created.
As I was blending together these ingredients, I thought: Wow, this smells amazing and I can’t wait to try it. Then the Mad Tea Artist in me said: But wait, I have an idea! What this blend needs is something bright and citrusy. It needs lime.
So, I added some lime and a few dried lime leaves.
And wowza! I’m loving this tea! Imagine the Mad Tea Party watching the Kentucky Derby in a lime grove.
Fabulous hot – even better cold brewed and served chilled!
organic ingredients: black teas, spearmint, lime leaves, ginger root, crystallized ginger (sugar & ginger), limes & natural flavors