3 ways with…Cosy Lemon Green

3 ways with… is a series exploring different ways of brewing and sipping our favourite drink. I’ll be picking out some of my favourite Cosy flavours and showing you a few different ways to enjoy them. Click here to see previous posts from the series.

Traditional Dragon-Phoenix ball tea

Traditional Dragon-Phoenix ball tea

Earl Grey might have been a classic but green tea is seriously old school – it dates back to 8th century China when the idea of steaming tea leaves was first discovered. This new method produced tastier and less bitter teas, not unlike the ones we enjoy today. By the 10th century, tea drinking was just as big a deal in China as afternoon tea would later become in Britain. The Chinese began brewing ‘tribute teas’ which were presented to emperors and high ranking officials and it wasn’t long before people started competing for royal favour, developing extravagant brews like the rather exciting sounding Dragon-Phoenix ball tea which was flavoured with jasmine.

These days, its reportedly high levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants mean that green tea is hailed as a bit of a super food. Some of its alleged benefits include boosting weight loss, increasing the metabolism, reducing cholesterol and even preventing tooth decay! If all this has left your mouth watering for green tea, luckily for you Cosy have no less than two delicious flavours – Jasmine Green and Lemon Green. I’ve used Lemon Green for these recipes, but Jasmine Green would make a lovely fragrant alternative. So without further ado, here are my top 3 ways to drink Cosy Lemon Green…

Hot with honeyIMG_4497
Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Why not try this twist on the traditional honey and lemon drink? Hot Lemon Green tea with honey makes a delicious, warming tonic. It won’t cure your cold but it’ll be sure to cheer you up. Just boil the kettle, and steep the tea bag for 3-5 minutes. Stir through a teaspoon or so of honey to taste and enjoy, preferably curled up on the sofa in a blanket.

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From one extreme to the other but no less delicious: ice cold Lemon Green tea with a slice of lemon is the perfect refresher when you want something tasty but virtuous. A little patience is required for this one: brew your tea for 3-5 minutes and leave to cool. Serve in a glass with ice cubes and a slice of lemon.

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Cosy Lemon Green’s fragrant and zesty flavours make it a wonderful cocktail ingredient. I brewed the tea for 10 minutes to ensure maximum flavour in this Green Tea Martini, and added vodka, lemon juice and fresh mint for extra zing. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in lemon juice and sugar to make your cocktail hour extra special.

One Hit Wonder Day!

If you hadn’t already guessed from the title, today is One Hit Wonder Day. We’ve all got our favourites and so, in honour of this special day, I’ve trawled the internet to find the ones which I think best match up to all the Cosy Tea flavours. Think of it as the wine accompaniments to a tasting menu for tea and cheesy music lovers.

Sixpence None the Richer – Kiss Me (1998)

Lemon Green
Why? What goes better with a kiss beside the green, green grass than a cup of green tea? With its zesty flavours, Cosy Lemon Green is the perfect accompaniment to this Summery love song.

Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (1974)

Jasmine Green
Why? Becoming a master of the art of Kung Fu requires training, dedication, and most importantly, being fighting fit. Green tea has been reported to be a great addition to a healthy diet and with its Oriental jasmine flavours, a cup of Jasmine Green is a great start.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen (1983)

English Breakfast
Why? Okay, okay, so Dexy’s Midnight Runners aren’t strictly speaking a one hit wonder considering this was their second number 1 in the UK, but this one was too good to leave out. With their denim dungarees (which happen to be very on trend these days) and neckerchiefs, I reckon this is a bunch who really enjoyed a cup of good old English Breakfast at the end of a long day of dancing in the street and too-ra-loo-rye-aye-ing.

Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy (1988)

Why? Chamomile is the only option for this chilled out number. What would be more soothing than a warm cup of Cosy Chamomile as you listen to the words ‘don’t worry, be happy’ over and over (and over) again?

Daniel Powter – Bad Day (2006)

Why? We’ve all had ‘em, and for us Brits there is nothing on this earth more comforting than a cup of tea. With it’s refreshing taste and reported stimulating qualities, Peppermint tea is just the tonic to pep you up and turn that bad day around in no time.

Semisonic – Closing Time ( 1998)

Why? Closing time, one last call for alcohol…so it’s probably time to end the night with a nice cup of tea. Decaf that is, we don’t want you up all night.

Chumbawamba – Tubthumping (1997)

Rooibos with Vanilla
Why? Just like this strange sounding tune, Rooibos sounds a bit weird and you don’t think you’ve heard of it, but try it and you’ll realise just how delicious it is. If you’ve never listened to this song then you’re missing out.

Len – Steal My Sunshine (1999)

Earl Grey
Why? This one’s especially relevant right now, as we say goodbye to those last rays of Summer sun (not that there were many to begin with). Luckily not all grey is bad, which I’m sure you’ll realise as soon as you try Cosy Earl Grey.

Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1998)

Why? Because…I think you can work this one out on your own.

So there we have it folks, our perfect one-hit wonder playlist and the teas to drink while you’re listening to it.  Now it’s over to you readers – what’s your favourite one-hit wonder and, most importantly, what do you like to drink while you’re listening to it?

Time for royal-tea!

This week was a pretty big one for the British Monarchy as it marked the point when Queen Elizabeth II officially became Britain’s longest serving monarch of all time. That’s right, Liz has been sitting on her throne for 63 whole years. 63 years is a long time for anyone to be in a job, especially an 89-year-old so big congratulations to her.

Anna, Duchess of Bedford enjoying a cup of tea.

Anna, Duchess of Bedford enjoying a cup of tea.

The Royals have historically enjoyed a nice cup of tea. In fact, the very first tea party was held by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, who just so happened to be close friend of Queen Victoria. Apparently hungry after a long day of duchess duties, Anna frequently found herself unable to wait for dinner. She began inviting her friends over for tea and cakes in the afternoon and the British teatime tradition was born.

Queen Liz, enjoying a cup of tea

Queen Liz, enjoying a cup of tea

Today, Queen Elizabeth is said to still enjoy her daily tea ritual. Her favourite is Earl Grey, another royal connection (find out why in our post about the Earl here!) It is unconfirmed whether or not the Queen has tried Cosy Earl Grey but if you’re reading Your Majesty, let us know if you’d like a sample!

In celebration of all these royal connections, I’m celebrating with this super cute knitted crown by My Handmade Stuff .

The pattern is for a baby, but it would be easy to scale up to fit princesses and queens of all ages. If you’re stuck, this knit-along video is similar and equally adorable.

When you’re done, be sure to pop your crown on and raise a glass (or cup of tea) to Queen Elizabeth! Don’t forget to let us know how you get on.

3 ways with…Cosy Earl Grey

As tea lovers we all have a favourite way of brewing our favourite drink. There’s certainly no shame in being fussy when it comes to making your morning cuppa but sometimes it pays to be adventurous. If like me you’ll never say no to a novel way to drink tea then this is new series is for you. I’ll be picking out some of my favourite Cosy flavours and showing you a few different ways to enjoy them. Starting with an old classic: Earl Grey.

Readers, meet Charles. An aristocrat and former British Prime Minister, you may know him better as the second Earl Grey. I tried to find a funny anecdote about Charles but was sadly unsuccessful. This isn’t too surprising because it turns out Charles was a busy guy – he was elected to Parliament at the tender age of 22 and went on to have no less than 16 children. There are several stories surrounding how Earl Grey tea came to be named after…Earl Grey..but the mostly widely circulated theory involves a Chinese visitor who didn’t like the taste of the Earl’s water so brewed the tea with bergamot. Kind of like a Brita filter for the 19th century. The tea proved so popular among the Greys and their friends that it wasn’t long before everyone was drinking it and the rest is, quite literally, history.

If you’ve never tried it before, Earl Grey’s delicate and citrusy flavour is really special (we’re talking the tea now, not the man). To get you started, here are 3 ways to drink it…

With Lemon


It seems only right that we should start off with the old school method. Classic, refreshing and refined, just how Lord and Lady Grey would’ve liked it. Simply brew for 3-4 minutes, pour, and top with a slice of lemon to complement those lovely citrusy flavours. China cup optional.

In a London Fog


Don’t be fooled by this one because behind those plain and unassuming looks is a delicious treat of a drink. For those not in the know, the London Fog is Earl Grey with steamed milk and vanilla. A heavenly combination and perfect for when you can’t decide between a cup of tea and something a little sweeter. Brew yourself some Earl Grey, top up with warm milk, add a drop of vanilla extract and sweeten to taste with sugar. Mmmmm.

With Gin


We’ll end with this criminally simple-to-make cocktail hour special. Brew your tea and leave to cool. Pour a shot of gin into a glass, top up with the cold tea and stir in a teaspoon of honey. A squeeze of lemon juice finishes it off nicely. Drink slowly – you’ll want another one.

Now over to you readers, how do you like to drink your Earl Grey?

National Watermelon Day

Watermelon is having a bit of a style moment at the..er…moment. It makes perfect sense really, who doesn’t want adorable bright pink and green fruit printed all over everything? I know I do! So you can bet I was excited when I found out that August 3rd was National Watermelon Day. Luckily for you readers you won’t need to go anywhere to get your fix because I’ve rounded up my top 5 watermelon-themed things to celebrate.

1. Watermelon Iced Tea
If you prefer to drink your 5-a-day then this Watermelon-Mint Iced Tea recipe is the tipple for you. And best of all? You’ll get to use Cosy Breakfast teabags to make it. For those weekend nights, this watermelon mojito recipe is the perfect Summer cocktail.


2. Watermelon Tea Cosy
It wouldn’t be Cosy if we didn’t include one of these bad boys and this lovely Watermelon tea cosy from FarmFreshKnits fits the bill nicely. Of course, you’ll need something to pour your tea into so it’s only right that you pick up one of these to drink out of.


3. Watermelon Tea Pot
In 3rd place we’ve got the ultimate in Watermelon-Tea combos. Why not go all out and carve yourself a giant watermelon tea pot of your very own? The guys over at Watermelon.org have put together these step by step instructions and they make it look so easy…

Be sure to let us know how you get on if you try it!


4. Watermelon Sorbet
It turns out watermelon actually tastes pretty great too! This watermelon sorbet recipe is super simple and super refreshing. Plus fruit is healthy right? Bonus points for serving it in these cute watermelon bowls. 

5. Watermelon Duvet Set

How many times have you wished you could sleep in a bed of watermelons? The real thing might give you a bit of a bad back but now you can make all your watermelon dreams come true (literally) with this duvet set.

watermelon bedding

Sweet dreams!

Take a punt on some Summer bunting!

With the weather sticking to a pleasant shade of grey recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking we are in the depths of Winter rather than the height of Summer. Keeping a stiff upper lip can be tough when you’re forced to hold a brolly in your tea-hand. Ever the optimist, I’m daydreaming of afternoon Cosy Tea parties in the garden…think fine bone china and teeny tiny sandwiches. Oh and cake, of course.

I found this fab free pattern for knitted bunting from those lovely folk over at Buttons and Beeswax to cheer things up. It’s simple, colourful and perfect for decorating those tea parties…or just hanging in your living room and admiring with a cuppa while you wait for the rain to stop.


Photo by Jesse Wild

To make this super simple design you’ll need to use several colours of yarn heavy enough that your bunting hangs properly, such as Aran. Oh and don’t forget some lengths of ribbon to string it up with. You’ll need a tapestry needle for threading the ribbon, so be sure to get that at the ready too. You could stick to solid colours but this is a great way to use up any odds and ends of yarn you’ve got lying around, and if you wanted to really go to town why not sew on some buttons or other decorations? You could even go all out with the tea theme and take inspiration from the Cosy range…Rooibos bunting anyone?

Photo by Jesse Wild

Photo by Jesse Wild

Psst! All the patterns we post here on the blog are free at the time of posting. Unfortunately we can’t be held responsible if the original poster decides to charge for it at a later date.

A slice of Summer

Summer is finally upon us and with it comes the promise of sunshine, smiles, the prospect of frolicking through a floral meadow wearing a white floaty dress and a wide brimmed hat. Perhaps you’ll be accompanied by an adorable puppy and a smattering of freckles. Maybe you’ll head home fairly quickly because you really fancy making a cake. We may be in the middle of a heatwave here in changeable old Blighty but who knows how long it’ll last? There’s only one thing you can rely on in life and that’s cake. Two things if you count tea. And hey, you know what goes really well together? Tea and cake. Well would you look at that.


In light of this, I paired refreshing Cosy Lemon Green with a sweet lemon icing to create something that tastes like the evergreen optimism of a British Summertime. No one wants to slave away in the kitchen in a heatwave, especially when you don’t know how long it’ll last so luckily for you this recipe is quick and basically fool proof. I made it by hand the good old fashioned way but if you’ve got an electric mixer then you’ll have something fresh and zesty and worthy of eating in a country garden full of flowers in under an hour.

You’ll need:

  • 4 x Cosy Lemon Green teabags
  • 125g butter
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 210g self-raising flour
  • 112ml milk

For the icing:

  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Lemon zest to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease a small loaf tin with butter. Steep two of the teabags in 50ml boiling water and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in eggs, flour, and milk then empty the contents of the remaining two teabags into the mix for good measure.
  3. Your tea should now be nice and brewed, so pour that in and mix well.
  4. Pour the cake mix into your loaf tin and pop in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Take out and leave to cool completely.
  5. For your icing, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and shiny. Have a little taste and add a little more lemon juice if needed. Then have another taste, and probably another, just to be on the safe side. This was my favourite part.
  6. Remove the cake from the tin and using a teaspoon, drizzle the icing over the cake in a zig zag pattern until it has all gone and the cake is nicely covered. Sprinkle with lemon zest to finish.
  7. Put the kettle on, slice, eat outside and pray the sun stays out.

LemonGreen Slice