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Alcohol

PBR Just Launched An Alcoholic ‘Hard Tea’ Just In Time For Summer

Pabst Blue Ribbon has just launched a new Hard Tea to help get all of us through this pretty miserable summer.

The new alcoholic beverage, a 4% ABV, is dubbed PBR Hard Tea and is brewed using real tea leaves recreating comforting flavors of summertime Peach Tea and packing it into a can.

This new addition to the Pabst line joins last year’s “Hard Coffee” release, which boasted a similar 5% ABV. The coffee, which was only available in select locations, received a nationwide launch earlier this year.

Pabst new Hard Tea is available now in 26 states including:

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Anyone curious about trying the new Hard Tea can order cans through Drizly.

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Drinks Entrepreneurship Sustainability Technology What's New

Eco-Friendly Tea Drops Dissolve Straight Into Hot Water, No Tea Bag Required

As everyone is looking to be more eco-friendly on a day to day basis, one spot to look at that you may not be thinking of is your tea bags. As more than half of all Americans are drinking a cup every day, that adds up to a lot of plastic, which is used to seal each bag of tea leaves.

While there are biodegradable packaging solutions and metallic loose leaf tea infusers you can use, one of the more creative solutions comes in what can be best described as miniature tea bath bombs.

Created by Tea Drops, these unique products dissolve into your hot water in mere moments. They come in different flavors, including turmeric or cardamom, and one is good enough to make an 8-12 ounce mug of strong, aromatic tea.

These come in a compostable packaging, which helps cut down on the traditional plastic and environmental footprint tea bags have. While there is still some waste involved, on average, you’re looking at cutting your waste down by 20-30% compared to conventional tea bags. That, and you don’t have a leftover wet bag of leaves to toss in the trash or get in the way of your sipping either.

You can purchase packs of the Tea Drops for $10, each one containing 10 of the mini bath bombs. That comes out to about a dollar per cup, which is 2-3 times more than the cost per tea bag in a package you can pick up at somewhere Target. Still, for the flavor, environmental awareness, and convenience these come at, it’s not too drastic of a price difference.

Tea Drops are available on the brand’s website, but can also be found in local and natural retailers across the nation.

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Hacks Packaged Food

Using Green Tea In Your Instant Ramen Is The Trending Hack That Is A Game Changer

Instant ramen was the representative food of many college students back in the day. It was inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make. All you needed was some hot water, a dry cup of noodles, and you were pretty much good to go.

While we’ve discovered ways to hack our ramen over the years, a new method has surfaced that could potentially be a game changer for how we eat instant noodles. And all you need is some green tea.

SoraNews24 reported a hack that’s happening in Japan where folks are replacing the water in their instant ramen with green tea. While this adds an extra step of boiling green tea to add to the dry noodles, apparently it also unlocks a flavor of untold deliciousness.

The herbs from the tea are said to compliment the savoriness of the broth, coming together beautifully.

Resident fitness guru and video producer Ricky Zollinger and myself whipped up a cup to try. We steeped some Lipton Green Tea, nuked it in the microwave until it was boiling, and added it to a cup of beef-flavored instant noodles. No joke, it was amazing.

“The green tea adds another layer of flavor,” said Zollinger. “It compliments the seasoning, giving the cup depth and creating a silkier broth.”

This discovery even opens up the possibility of experimenting with other tea flavors. There’s a pack of ginger tea under my desk that may pair quite nicely with a chicken flavor.

Excited to see what else we can discover.

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Drinks Fast Food Health

Peet’s Coffee Adds Golden Cold Brew To Their 2019 Menu

It’s the start of a new year and so begins my cycle of trying to eat and drink healthier. Thankfully, chains like Peet’s Coffee are launching a few new beverages that will make this gradual transition into health consciousness a little easier.

The brand is introducing their new Golden Cold Brew Fog, a “gold” cold brew, to the 2019 line-up. Peet’s is known for offering turmeric-based gold drinks as a seasonal option, and this will be the first time the chain dabbles in cold brew coffee.

Peet’s Golden Cold Brew Fog features a Baridi Blend cold brew that’s brightened up by turmeric, with notes of honey syrup, ginger, milk, and ice. Also joining the menu will be the Golden Matcha Latte which sees matcha green tea paired with steamed milk, golden turmeric, and honey syrup.

The two new items will be joining Peet’s Golden Caffe Latte.

Turmeric, a spice made from a plant in the ginger family, is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. The ingredient is also known to boost the capacity of antioxidants in your body.

Boosting your body’s antioxidants, while staying awake on the drive to work, sounds like a fantastic start to the year.

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Deals Drinks Fast Food

How To Get An Entire Month Of FREE Starbucks Coffee

One of my usual New Year’s resolutions is to try and save more money in the upcoming year. One expense that always chips away at my wallet is the constant need to stay caffeinated in the mornings or after lunch. Maybe I should get more sleep? Nah, coffee’s fine.

Coffee fiends like me looking to save some hard-earned moolah will want to check out Starbucks’ Brewed Refill Tumbler that can be purchased at participating stores in the United States. Customers who buy the tumbler will receive free coffee throughout the month of January 2019.

All you have to do is present the tumbler to a barista at a participating location for one free grande (16 fluid ounces) of either brewed hot coffee or brewed hot tea between January 1 through January 31, 2019.

While the tumbler costs $40, a month of free coffee (at $2.45) costs approximately $75.95 before taxes – and you get a sweet insulated mug out of it.

In the long run, you’re saving. Especially if you’re a habitual coffee drinker.

Those looking to get their hands on one of these stainless steel coffee tumblers can find them at participating Starbucks stores now while supplies last.

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Culture Restaurants

There’s A Hidden Speakeasy Inside The First Permanent US Hello Kitty Cafe

The cultural phenomenon that is Hello Kitty has opened a few popups in the United States over the last few years. These mini “cafe stands” served treats and beverages inspired by the animated feline and were beacons for fans to venture forth, visit, and get to know one another through a shared love of the iconic cat. Now, Hello Kitty is finally opening her own brick and mortar location complete with a secret immersive experience for enthusiasts to enjoy: a hidden Hello Kitty tea room and speakeasy.

Located in Irvine, CA, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe front of house features fresh baked cakes, cookies, donuts, beverages, merchandise, and apparel — all inspired by the beloved Sanrio character.

In the back of the cafe, tucked away against the far wall, is an inconspicuous white door where a single golden bow hangs. When you knock on it, the door opens, transporting you to the wonderland known as the Hello Kitty Bow Room.

It turns out that magic comes in all shapes and sizes, including the form of a tiny white Japanese cat. Who knew?

By day, the secret space operates as a tea room that serves Hello Kitty bites and teas. Afternoon tea assortments include paprika-smoked egg salad in a cone, cucumber bread with dill cream cheese, smoked salmon served with cream cheese on a pretzel croissant, strawberries and cream, and Hello Kitty mini cakes.

At night, however, the Bow Room transforms into what’s essentially a speakeasy — complete with a wide array of cocktails inspired by Hello Kitty and her animated animal friends.

Along with the cocktails, guests can also choose from a selection of wines which are available during both the afternoon tea service and the cocktail service.

Once you’re inside the Bow Room, really take it all in and let yourself become one with the become one with the euphoric pink atmosphere. Dress to the nines, take tons of pictures, make Hello Kitty puns, and immerse yourself in the experience. How often can you really say you’ve been inside a secret Hello Kitty speakeasy?

The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe (and Bow Room) will remain inside the Irvine Spectrum Center as a permanent location. To experience the Bow Room, reservations will need to be made ahead of time by calling the store or visiting the cafe’s website.

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Drinks Fast Food Restaurants

Cheesecake Cream Teas Exist And Panda Express Is Serving Them At These Exclusive Locations

It’s been a minute since we saw something pop up from Panda Express, but delicious things come to those who wait. And for those who have been clock watching, Panda’s latest addition to their summer menu is what they’re calling Cheesecake Cream Tea.

Cheese Tea is already a widely popular trend in countries like China and Thailand, and select tea houses in the United States have begun offering the rich beverage.

However, this will be the first time a major chain like Panda Express puts their own spin on it. If it’s anything like the original beverage, Panda’s Cheesecake Cream Tea will have some sort of thick whipping cream made from milk and some variety of cheese. The company describes that it will have a sweet, velvety taste.

Tea flavors include your choice of cheesecake foam over Milk Tea, Green Tea, or Black Tea.

The Cheesecake Cream Teas will be available now through Aug. 27 exclusively at Panda + Tea and the chain’s Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, CA. While you’re there, I highly recommend pairing it with a bing wrap filled with Orange Chicken. It’s essentially an Orange Chicken Burrito.

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Adventures Drinks Science

Here’s Why You Should Never Order Coffee Or Tea On A Plane

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It’s 6 a.m, and you’ve already been up and about for two hours, heading to the airport. You didn’t have time to grab a coffee or sandwich at the gate, so you decide to order coffee and a delicious in-flight breakfast instead. Sound familiar?

Free coffee on an early flight is very convenient, but according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s not entirely the healthiest solution. Why? Because in-flight coffee and tea are made with airplane tap water.

The tap water is no good.

Back in 2004, the EPA released a study saying that after testing the drinking water aboard 158 passenger airplanes, 13 percent of them did not meet EPA standards. In other words, some of them had contaminated water. These flights tested positive for coliform bacteria, and some even had E. coli. (Here are more ways to steer clear of E. coli.)

Although airplanes are provided with water for the flight, that water isn’t always the cleanest. According to a 2015 study done by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the organisms are likely transferred from contaminated tanker trucks which deliver water to the planes.

So is the water tested now? Short answer: Maybe.

Although improvements have been made since the original EPA study, airline workers aren’t confident that the water is still entirely safe to drink. Fifteen years ago, the EPA pushed for a regulation that would demand the frequency of testing the airline’s water. This would seem like the proper solution to the problem, but some say that it doesn’t happen as often as we hope.

In an interview with Business Insiderthe Association of Flight Attendants-CWA did state that they do not “believe this regulation goes far enough or is sufficiently enforced.”

So next time you’re on a flight, you may want to reconsider your free drink option. Or better yet, prep this iced coffee recipe the night before for an easy grab-and-go!

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 Article by Kiersten Hickman from Taste of Home. View the original article here.