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Green Tea Sake Cocktails Are Definitely My Cup Of Tea

It’s officially March again, and you know what that means—every living, breathing creature around must acknowledge the fact that St. Patrick’s Day falls mid-month, by constantly alluding to the color green. Wearing green, painting your fingernails green, having your dog roll around on a freshly mowed lawn—it’s all actually required by law.

Okay not really. But really—green is celebrated on the daily every March, and with good reason. Not only does the hue remind us that good-ol’ St. Patty’s is right around the corner (and remind us of $$$), but green also inspires us to be conscious about the environment. Research has even shown that the color is naturally soothing to the human eye.

And, it also inspires some pretty cool edible creations. If you haven’t heard, we’re celebrating green every day this month with a special green-cooking challenge (not the eco-friendly kind of green cooking, but I’m sure Mother Earth would really dig that, too). The goal: fundamentally reimagine something under the terms “anything green goes.”

And though it’s technically green, the Japanese-inspired Green tea cocktail recipe below isn’t a contest entry, but it’s definitely perfect for celebrating March and March’s favorite color—with Green tea, sake, mint, and then some, you’ll be more than willing to get your green on with this drink all month long.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

Gurīnmashīn

6 oz Green tea

1-2 oz sake

½ oz simple syrup

Lemon juice

Ground ginger

Mint sprigs (for garnish)

1)   Brew Green tea with ginger. Let it steep 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add simple syrup, a few teaspoons of lemon juice, and sake.

3)   Combine the above with the tea in a glass, and mix well. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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3 Boozy Hot Toddy Ideas From Around The World

Tea is like denim—classic, universally appreciated, and won’t go out of style anytime soon due to its versatilitea. And, in addition to its various cultural significances and many health benefits, tea is straight-up delicious.

It’s delicious, and fun to experiment with, too. Just by adding a bit of spice here, a pinch of sweetness there—and if you’re 21+, a swig of the good stuff—you can easily create a truly unique drink. Obviously we’re enamored with the idea of a tea cocktail, given our history as self-proclaimed ‘alcohol auteurs,’ so we conceptualized three to share with our fellow tea lovers (call it hospitalitea). We looked to a few of the top tea-drinking countries in the world for inspiration.

To put a twist on the iconic “London Fog,” we combine earl grey with gin, vanilla and lavender to create a drinkable homage to the UK. India sparked an idea of uniting spicy chai with sweet condensed milk and dark rum to yield a Masala Chai Toddy. And you can’t have a conversation about tea without mentioning Japan; known for their use of green teas in both everyday and traditional senses, we paired it with sake, lemon juice, and ginger to build the “Gurīnmashīn.”

However you may take your cup of tea, just be sure that it’s qualitea…and that’s exactly what you’ll get with these toddy recipes.


Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1)   Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3)   Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.


The Foggy London

6 oz Earl Grey tea

1-2 oz gin

1 oz  vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1)   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Combine all of the above ingredients, with 2 sprigs of lavender, and mix well. Garnish with lavender.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat


Gurīnmashīn

6 oz Green tea

1-2 oz sake

½ oz simple syrup

Lemon juice

Ground ginger

Mint sprigs (for garnish)

1)   Brew Green tea with ginger. Let it steep 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add simple syrup, a few teaspoons of lemon juice, and sake.

3)   Combine the above with the tea in a glass, and mix well. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

Created in partnership with Lipton

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Here’s How To Make A Boozy, Masala Chai Toddy

It’s all over—the holidays have been celebrated, the games have been played, and red carpets have been rolled up (for the most part). We’re officially entering that dark part of winter when the weather sucks and everyone’s down with a sickness; the only light at the end of the tunnel is knowing sweet spring is close enough to taste.

But, we can’t taste it just yet, so until we can, let’s try and keep spirits cheery by making the most of the season… aka, drink up! A little boost from a Masala Chai Toddy should do the trick. With a rich blend of aromatic spices and black tea, a touch of sweetness from condensed milk, and a few splashes of dark rum (for good health), it’s the perfect pick-me-up for this kind of spell.

Luckily the recipe is so easy a snowman could do it. Lipton’s Enticing Chai already contains many of the essential spices and herbs that make a Masala Chai—black tea, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. Simply brew and mix well with the milk, rum, and some crushed cardamom, and you’ll see yourself warming up in no time.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1) Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2) Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3) Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.

Created in partnership with Lipton

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Kit Kat Croissants Are Japan’s Newest Delicacy And They Look AMAZING

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Pronto, a coffeehouse in Japan that serves everything from pastries to pizza, just added an amazing new pastry to its menu: Kit Kat Croissants. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how awesome something like this exists.

RocketNews24 reports that the pastry is served in two different varieties: The Kit Kat Croissant for Cafe and the Matcha Green Tea. The first features the traditional milk chocolate bars inside the croissant, while the latter uses the popular green tea Kit Kat.

Each Kit Kat Croissant can be eaten as is, or toasted upon request for a meltier snack.

If you’re currently in Japan or plan a trip out sometime in the near future, please bring us back some. Not joking.

Photo: Pronto

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Starbucks’ Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino, Now Available In Muffin Form

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Let’s be real: who hasn’t taken a swig of a caffeinated milkshake Starbucks Frappuccino and thought, “damn, this would be amazing if I could eat it?” Not to worry, Starbucks Hong Kong hears your inner voice loud and clear.

Coinciding with the return of its Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino — a blend of bitter matcha powder and frapp base topped with sweet red beans — Starbucks’s Red Bean Green Tea Muffin looks a bit like a mossy hill covered in oversized mushrooms. We can only presume the two are meant to be enjoyed together, though with that many calories, maybe we should have gone with a cake pop or macaron instead?

Eh, on second thought, we’d rather have our milkshake muffin.

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Starbucks x Teavana Roll Out Green Tea Miso Soup and Tea Smoothies

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At Teavana Tea Bars, you can drink your teas and eat them too.

Earlier this week, Starbucks brand Teavana opened its latest Tea Bar location in Beverly Hills, toting along a slew of new menu items perfect for its fancy new digs. Sure there are a few duds, like the Butternut Squash Couscous Salad and Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, that don’t contain nearly enough caffeine. But the rest of the line more than makes up for it.

There’s the Sparkling Kona Breeze Iced Tea, a blend of Teavana’s Pineapple Kona Pop, Peach Tranquility Tea, and carbonated pineapple coconut water. There’s the Apple Oolong Chia Fresca: oolong and pu-erh with apple juice and chia seeds.

Most exciting though are the tea smoothies and Genmaicha Green Tea Miso Tea Soup: true tea lovers’ soggy tea bag wet dreams. The smoothies are blended with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, with flavors including Mixed Berry, Banana Chai, and Matcha Avocado, while the soup features a miso and ginger broth that’s been spiked with genmaicha (brown rice green tea) and loaded with tofu, spinach, and scallions.

According to a press release, the new menu will also be available at the Teavana tea bars in Chicago, New York, and Seattle.

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20 Refreshing Tea Cocktails for Springtime Sippin’

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There’s sunshine in the air, or at least, later into the afternoon. With the new light of Daylight Savings to remind us just how close summer is, it’s all we can do not to hop on the next flight to some balmy tropical locale (or, you know, the community pool). To help us all ease into into these warmer climes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tea and tea-infused cocktails to thaw our tired, frigid hearts. More backyard-friendly than Irish Coffees, but not quite so “SPRING BREAAAAAKKKK!1!!!” as margaritas, they’re just the things to transport us to warmer, simpler days. Or at least make it taste like it.

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Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktails

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Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Gin and Peppermint Tea

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Recipe: Home Cooking Adventure

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Jack’s Tennessee Sweet Tea

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Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian

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Russian Iced Tea

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Recipe: Sprinkles and Sauce

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Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

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Recipe: Spicy Ice Cream

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Sparkling Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Food Fashion and Fun

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Amaretto Green Tea Boba

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Recipe: Fake Food Free

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Naples Fruit Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Erin’s Food Files

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Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea

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Recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

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Bergamot Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Baked Bree

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Secret Garden Iced Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: Chin Deep

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Mardi Gras Bourbon Green Tea

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Recipe: Living in Vogue

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Ginger Green Tea Cocktail

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Recipe: YumSugar

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Noto-Cello Tea

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Recipe: Bobbies Baking Blog

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Apple Spice Tea

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Recipe: Wandering Spice

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Pomegranate, Sweet Tea, and Gin

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Recipe: Around My Family Table

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Golden Jasmine Martini

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Recipe: Food Blog and The Dog

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whisky

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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The Anne Marie

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Recipe: Wasabi Prime

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Earl Grey Gin

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Recipe: The Framed Table

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7-Eleven Japan Gets Green Tea Azuki Bean Bars

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Can someone please explain to me why the 7-Elevens in other countries get all the good stuff? Seriously, we’re lagging over here in the States!  First Japan gets Hot Ginger Ale, and now it has Green Tea Azuki Bean Bars in the freezer section at 7-Eleven.

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While it might be getting a little cold for these frozen treats, it’s still pretty hard for a green tea freak like me to resist a shell of matcha ice frozen around a center of sweet, chewy azuki beans.  Be warned, if you’re not a fan of the strong tea flavor, this probably isn’t for you, though the sweetness of the azuki might counteract some of the matcha’s bitterness. But hey, the ice cream only sets you back 130 yen (US$1.30), so it’s definitely at least worth a try, don’t you think?

H/T + PicThx Rocket News