3 ways with…Cosy Rooibos with Vanilla

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.

Ah Rooibos, it’s a funny old tea. It’s the kind of tea you might find at the back of a weird aunt’s cupboard and you’re quite sure how to pronounce (that’s roy-bosh). If you haven’t given it a go before then I’m here to convert you and let you in on a little secret – Rooibos is delicious. Especially Cosy Rooibos, which we’ve paired with vanilla for a unique and creamy flavour.

Rooibos plants in the Cederberg Mountains

Rooibos plants in the Cederberg Mountains

Rooibos, or ‘red bush’ as it translates from Afrikaans, originates from the Cederberg Mountains in its native South Africa. The needle-like plants are harvested and left to ferment and dry before being ground into a tea. The tea’s popularity grew after early Dutch settlers started drinking it as a cheap alternative to black tea, which was much less affordable than it is today. Although in the UK it has maintained its status as the indie band of the tea world, Rooibos has grown in popularity since those heady early days and has a loyal following, especially in South Africa where it makes up a whopping 40% of the hot drinks market. Drinkers have associated it with a number of health benefits, everything from allergies and headaches…to curing eczema and halting premature aging.

In previous ‘3 ways with…’ posts I’ve shared some pretty adventurous recipes. Cosy Rooibos with Vanilla is such a unique flavour that it really doesn’t need much embellishment. If you’re new to Rooibos then consider this your initiation. Here we are folks, my top 3 ways to drink Cosy Rooibos with Vanilla…

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This is the traditional way, brewed much like we brew good old English Breakfast. Sometimes only a pot will do and this is one of them. Simply pop in a teabag or two, steep with boiling water and leave to brew for 3-5 minutes. Serve with lashings of milk and sugar to taste. A wonderfully comforting and sweet take on an old favourite – be sure to crack this one out at your next tea party.


Straight up

IMG_4739The lovely thing about Cosy Rooibos is that the added vanilla means it’s a perfect drink all by itself. Black tea can be bitter when drunk without milk. Rooibos contains around 50% less of the bitter tannins you find in teas like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, so if you’re avoiding dairy this is a delicious alternative to your regular brew. Simply pour boiling water over a teabag in your favourite mug and you’re just a couple of minutes’ brewing time away from perfection.

Cold, with lemon and honey

If you’re a fan of iced green tea, IMG_4755then think of this as its darker, more grown up cousin. This is a deliciously refreshing treat for any time of the day, but is especially good in the evening as an alternative to an alcoholic tipple. Brew your tea as usual and once you’ve removed the teabag, stir in a teaspoon of honey and leave until completely cool. You can even make ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to drink it. Come teatime, simply add a slice of lemon and you’re good to go. Just promise me you’ll take a second to admire that beautiful red hue before you take a sip.

So what do you think readers, are you converted? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter!


Unlucky for some..

This morning I managed to forget my umbrella during a rain shower, trip up the stairs, and get an ink stain on my favourite shirt. All within the space of an hour. It wasn’t until I’d dried myself off, rubbed my bruised shin and dabbed the ink out my top before I realised the date. Friday 13th. Now I’m not superstitious I swear *cough* but given my morning of misfortune, I thought it couldn’t hurt to arm myself with a few lucky charms. Y’know, just in case.

Whether you’re superstitious or not, maybe these will stop you from facing the same fate as me (and my favourite shirt). Extra lucky for you is that I’ve already tracked down the best charms around, so you’ll be sorted for Friday 13th May 2016. If a black cat crosses your path then you’re on your own.

Four-Leaf Clovers

Pattern by Crochet Spot

Pattern by Crochet Spot

The four-leaf clover is probably the most universal sign of luck around thanks to its association with St Patrick’s Day. Druids traditionally carried a three-leaf clover, or shamrock, to help them see evil spirits. Four-leaf clovers were extra special as they offered magical protection. Don’t worry about them being tricky to find though – because I’ve tracked down this handy crochet pattern for you folks to knit your own. Phew! It’s super simple and easy to make, so whip one up and pop it in your bag, your pocket, or pin it to your coat and you’ll be lucky all day long.


Horseshoes have long been considered a lucky charm and used to ward of evil spirits. There’s a legend which tells the tale of the Devil and St Dunstan, a blacksmith. The Devil asked for Dunstan to shoe his horse, but the crafty saint nailed the shoe to the Devil’s foot instead, which was understandably fairly painful. Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe if the Devil agreed he would never enter a house with one nailed outside.

Horse jumper by Marks & Spencer

Horse jumper by Marks & Spencer

If you don’t fancy sourcing an actual horseshoe and nailing it to your front door, then this horse jumper is a good alternative. It’ll also ward off those evil spirits when you leave your house, a handy bonus.

Mint Cosy Peppermint Box OUTLINED_FIR_AW

This one may be lesser known than some of its mainstream cousins, but mint is no less of a lucky charm. Traditionally used to attract good spirits and bring good fortune to the person carrying it, folks of yesteryear would attach a sprig to their coat for luck. For a less pungent (and more refreshing) alternative, why not relax with a nice cup of Cosy Peppermint instead? Let’s face it, you’ll need it after the day you’ve had.

It’s the spookiest time of year…

Perhaps you’ve noticed a certain…spooky atmosphere over the past few days. A glowing pumpkin peeking out of a darkened window, a tendency to be a tad…jumpier than usual, or maybe even a chill in the air. All these eerie signs can only mean, it’s Halloween again folks!

For most people, Halloween is a time of year to dress up, carve pumpkins and go out trick or treating and to parties. Not me! I’m a cold weather loving girl who’s always been a tiny bit afraid of the dark. I like to see Halloween as the start of a few months of cosy nights in by the fire with a blanket, a good book, and of course, a big mug of tea.



Just the right level of scary…picture by Knitty or Nice

If like me the prospect of leaving your house this Halloween doesn’t leave you feeling especially enthused, then this lovely knitted scarf pattern by Knitty or Nice is for you. It’s cosy enough to keep you warm until Spring and is scary enough that you won’t feel *too* bad about staying in and knitting while everyone else runs around frightening the pants off each other.

If you haven’t had quite enough scary knitting for one year, then check out this fab pumpkin pattern we posted last year, or this creepy cosy.

Psst..just a reminder that you can always get in touch via our Twitter. Let us know how you like to spend your Halloween, we’d love to hear from you!

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?