Chocolate Tea — Your Dreams are Answered!

By August 22, 2016 Brewing Tea

Is there anything better than chocolate? (Besides tea, probably not.) So what could be a more perfect union than chocolate AND tea?

Chocolate tea sounds almost too good to be true, but it isn’t — the combination is not only delicious, but it also has tons of health benefits. In fact, chocolate was so precious to the ancient Mayans that it was actually used as currency! Chocolate was also an essential part of the US military rations during World War I.

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Health Benefits of Chocolate

Cacao, the bean that chocolate is made from, has been hailed by many as a superfood. Why? Because it has over 700 compounds and is rich in antioxidants, the most important of which are the flavanols catechin and proanthocyanidin. This powerful combination can help protect your cells from damage and can reduce the risk of many diseases.

In addition, according to Yale researchers, the cocoa in chocolate (which is similar to cacao) has great effects:

“Cocoa can protect nerves from injury and inflammation, protect the skin from oxidative damage from UV radiation in topical preparations, and have beneficial effects on satiety, cognitive function, and mood.”

In a study of 4970 people, Harvard researchers found that chocolate was inversely related with coronary heart disease. A study in 2005 from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found that eating 100 grams of dark chocolate for 15 days reduced blood pressure and improved insulin sensitivity in healthy people.

Try Delicious Chocolate Tea Selections

Ready for this yummy combination? Try our organic and fair-trade certified Chocolate Monkey Tea! Before you even sip your drink, you’ll be serenaded with the sweet aroma of ripened bananas. Then, with the first sip, you’ll indulge in a rich and silky chocolate flavor — imagine taking the best banana milkshake you’ve ever had and the best chocolate cake you’ve ever had and making a tea out of them!

Enjoy Chocolate Monkey Tea as a diet-friendly way to get a sweet treat in the morning or evening that tastes like dessert in a cup. You can even add a splash of milk to this amazing drink. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Or you can make your OWN chocolate tea using our Organic Dragonwell ! To seamlessly combine the flavor of chocolate and tea (as well as their tremendous health benefits), here’s all you need for a heavenly result:

DIY Chocolate Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon organic Dragonwell Green Tea
  2. 8 ounces of purified water
  3. ¼ teaspoon ground ceylon cinnamon
  4. 1 Tablespoon cacao nibs or 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  5. Optional: Raw honey or coconut sugar
Instructions
  1. On the stove, bring the water, cacao, and cinnamon to a boil.
  2. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool to a temperature of 180 to 190°F.
  4. Pour over your green tea and allow to steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Discard the used green tea and add sweetener if you want.
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Enjoy!

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Honeysticks: The One Tea Hack Everyone Should Try

By August 19, 2016 Brewing Tea

There’s nothing better than a warm cup of your favorite tea. If you had a hard day at work, you can drink tea to unwind; if it’s a cold winter day, you can drink a cup of tea to warm up; and if you’re feeling under the weather, a warm cup of tea can help to soothe your body.

But you can still add another dimension to your cup of tea.

Honey has long been a popular add-on to tea. It adds a gentle sweetness and is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. (Honey has even historically been used as an antiseptic in wound healing.)

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But who wants to drag around a container of honey every time they want to have some tea? Instead, it’s time you started using honeysticks — they’re the single tea hack that every tea drink should know and try. Here’s why:

  • Honeysticks are portable. Honeysticks are small, slim straw sticks that you can stash anywhere; you can put them in the pocket of your purse, in the glove box of your car, or in your desk drawer at work. They’re also biodegradable so you don’t have to worry about hurting the environment for the sake of a great cup of tea.
  • Honeysticks are mess free. These convenient little sticks of yumminess are so easy to use: All you have to do is bite off the tip of the stick and stir it into your tea. No mess, no spills, and no dirty spoons. When you’re done squeezing it into the cup of tea, simply throw the straw away. There’s nothing left to clean and you’ll be free of sticky fingers.
  • Honeysticks help you stick to your diet. Honey is a healthy, natural sweetener, but like any other source of sugar, eating too much will tip the scales. The great thing with honeysticks, however, is that you have automatic portion control: Each straw contains about a teaspoon of honey, which is the perfect amount of sweetness for your tea. (One teaspoon of honey only contains about 20 calories so it won’t mess up your diet.)

You can get a box of honeysticks from Art of Tea to start enjoying some of the best tea you’ve ever had. Go ahead and add a little sweetness to your soothing and relaxing tea breaks — that moment when you can get some time to yourself and peace of mind — and feel satisfied knowing you are getting the highest quality, 100% Grade A honey.

Enjoy!

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The Perfect End-of-Summer Tea-Infused Cocktail

By August 17, 2016 Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Tea is an excellent drink of choice for any summer gathering — it can be served hot or cold, it’s refreshing, and it’s always delicious.

But what you might not know is that it’s extremely versatile too. Because tea has become increasingly popular in cocktails, now you can enjoy tea at summer parties (and BBQs) with a yummy twist that your friends and family will love!

Read on for the perfect end-of-summer tea-infused cocktail that’s both cooling and tasty with complex flavor notes from each tea.

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Blackberry Mojito Tea Spritzer

The Blackberry Mojito Tea Spritzer is very refreshing and uses two different types of tea that complement each other’s tastes very well. And if you decide to skip the alcohol, the combination of teas can provide a lot of health benefits too.

Ingredients:
  • 4 Tsp Green Tea
  • 4 tsp White Tea
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • ¼ cup of fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup of fresh blackberries
  • 1 dash of club soda
  • ½ lime freshly squeezed
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
Cocktail Base:

The teas should ideally be brewed separately the day before you want to enjoy them. When brewing, use a water temperature between 170 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes and then let them cool gradually overnight — steeping at this temperature is perfect for white and green teas as it ensures they maintain their sweet and delicate flavor as well as the structure of their powerful antioxidants. If you brew these teas any hotter, however, the leaves could burn, which destroys the health properties in the tea leaves and makes the tea taste harsh and bitter.

Once the teas have cooled down considerably, add the raspberries and blackberries. This lets the flavor of the berries infuse with the tea and creates the mouthwatering base.

Once the cocktail base is ready, you’re ready to make the rest!

Steps:

Add ice and rum into a glass followed by the mint leaves, tea, and syrup — gently mix these key ingredients together. Then, add the club soda and add the lime juice into the beverage.

When you’re ready to enjoy, garnish with one or two raspberries and add another fresh mint leaf. 

Want even more reasons to sip on this great cocktail this summer?

Think of the health benefits of the non-alcoholic version!

Green tea contains a huge amount of antioxidants that may have positive effects on the body. So far, research has shown green tea can improve brain function and short-term memory. Scientists have also associated it with an increase in metabolism to help you burn some extra fat from diet and exercise.

White tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea, but it goes through a different picking and fermentation process. This actually alters how the antioxidants inside the tea interact with your body, which have been associated with a lower risk of cancer and an improvement in your immune system function.

This perfect summer tea infused cocktail is not only cooling and refreshing, but if you skip the alcohol, it becomes an awesome thirst quencher that may actually have the potential to improve health and promote weight loss. And since it is so easy to make, you’re sure to be impressing your family and friends straight through to the end of the summer!

Cheers!

 

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