As Chinese New Year approaches, we’re talking about how you can take certain aspects of the celebration and apply them to your tea drinking. We’ve talked about the basics of Chinese New Year and we’ve taken a closer look at some of our Chinese teas, but now, we’re going to look at a way to incorporate a tradition into your tea.
Certain foods are tied to Chinese New Year – including fish, long noodles, dumplings, and rice cakes. We don’t offer teas that replicate any of these flavors (and we don’t know that we ever want to!), but there is one traditional Chinese New Year food we use often: citrus.
Citrus in the New Year
Each traditional Chinese New Year food brings luck, fortune, or prosperity in a different aspect of your life. For example, fish brings prosperity, long noodles bring longevity, dumplings bring wealth, and rice cakes bring a jump in your income or career. Citrus fruits are no different. The roundness and bright color of certain citruses symbolize fullness, particularly in wealth.
Even the way some citrus fruits are spelled and pronounced in Chinese hint at future wealth. The word for tangerine is spelled with the symbol that means luck and the word for orange sounds like the word for success.
Citrus Teas at Art of Tea
Enjoy citrus in your tea during Chinese New Year. Art of Tea carries two orange-y teas with Chamomile Clementine and Italian Blood Orange. For a more energizing beverage, drink Citron Mate – a twist on Yerba Mate featuring zesty orange peel pieces. Or, try orange peel in our Cleanse tea from the Wellness Collection.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try adding orange slices to your iced tea instead of lemon. Earl Grey, surprisingly, is great for making orange-infused iced tea. The bergamot oils in Earl Grey mingle perfectly with the juice of a fresh orange slice. You can also try adding orange slices to more fruity or tropical iced teas, like Hibiscus Cooler and Garden of Eden.
However you consume your lucky foods this Chinese New Year, we hope the year of Rooster brings you prosperity in all aspects of your life.