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Hibiscus Tea featuring “Teaspoons and Petals”

Posted Mar 04 2011 10:00pm

Besides talking and thinking about food, I dream of mint , matcha , oolong, pu-erh, ginger, darjeeling, and sencha tea to name only a few. Similar to my passion of rediscovering and developing classic recipes with real ingredients, I am curious about the origin tea. It started with purchasing inexpensive green tea bags in Chinatown. Over a few weeks, my complexion cleared. A friend would later tell me how green tea detoxes the blood. My interest about tea starts out of vanity, and it expands into how different teas benefit our health.

Across the blog universe, I discovered Alexis Siemon’s Teaspoons & Petals . Her writing is poetic and quaint. Reading her blog is similar to taking a tea break in a whirlwind of a busy day. My knowledge of tea skims the surface compared to the depth of her passion for tea. I invited Alexis to write a guest post, and she provided a collage of beautiful teapots.

Loose Leaf Hibiscus Tea sweetened with Cream Honey

Often we think of tea in small bags, mostly full of dust. Most teas are more robust when larger leaves are loosely steeped in water that is short of boiling temperatures. It is visually relaxing to watch fresh water gradually change color from clear to greens, ambers, dark browns, yellows, or reds. Alexis chose pots, in which the enchantment of watching loose tea leaves unfurl is of a higher beauty.

Supposedly tea is making a comeback in the United States. After water, tea is the most consumed drink in the world before coffee. The act of making tea requires all movement, activity, and plans to be still. That small gesture of drinking tea is a relaxing moment most people need in their lives.

We’re slowly creeping out from under our winter blankets, and taking a step into the sun in hopes that spring will arrive soon. Mirroring the change of seasons, I’m longing to replace malty black teas and wintry iron cups with floral steeps and delicate glass tea ware.

The effortless elegance of my collection of glass teapots often reminds me that there is an art to the steep beyond the water temperature and proper timing. A visual delight, the tealeaves dance about and can paint the water shades of mellow green, vibrant amber, deep red, and gold, just to name just a few.

In honor of the shifting seasons, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite glass tea ware pieces to welcome spring in style. Take a peek at the graceful curves and delicate lines that gently remind us that the tea glass (or pot) is always half full.

Teaspoons and Petal's Guide to Glassware for Tea

Guide: 1. Happy Tzar Samovar Body & Teapot | 2. Double Walled Glass Tea Cups | 3. Soul Mates Cup & Saucer | 4. Tea for More Teapot | 5. The De Chine Small Tea Pot with Filter | 6. Clear Glass Teapot | 7. Sorapot | 8. Tea Rhapsody Glass Tea Tumbler | 9. Happy Tzar Teapot Hand Blown Glass | 10. Cin Cin Ice Tea Jug With Handle

Beyond the splendid shades of green from my favorite sencha steep, I recommend heading to your local spice shop for dried hibiscus flowers. The vibrant red liquor will truly revive your spring spirit long before the first bloom.

Thank you, Alexis, for taking the time to write a lovely and thoughtful post.

Ingredients for 2 to 3 cups of tea
1 to 2 tbsp. of loose leaf Hibiscus Flower
(Optional) Honey to taste
2 cups boiling water

Directions
1. Add at least 1 tbsp. of hibiscus flowers to a teapot’s strainer. Add more hibiscus flowers if a stronger tea is desired.
2. Pour hot water (never let water boil for tea, it is ready when tiny air bubbles rises to the surface) over the tea leaves in the tea pot.
3. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
4. When tea is finished steeping, decant tea. Place tea leaves aside if steeping for a second time. Pour tea in individual cups and throughly mix in the desired amount of honey.
5. Enjoy.

Note: For a cold brew, make tea very strong by adding about 6 tbsp. of hibiscus flowers to 2 cups of water, as in step 1. Decant after 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator until chill.


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