At Cosy HQ we don’t often feel like there is anything missing from our range of teas and infusions. We’re proud of our collection and think that it has everything you need to offer a quintessentially British tea experience. All our teas are organic and the black teas are Fairtrade as well. We have all the staples, some delicious green teas and even some innovations like our brilliant Blueberry (which is berry nice indeed). In fact we haven’t introduced a tea since we had Decaf added to the family back in 2011.
We are also of the school of thought that you never say never. So we hope you are ready for Cosy Organic Matcha. Matcha has risen in popularity over the past year, partly owing to it’s fantastic green appearance and its health benefits.
While it’s been well documented that a nice, hot cup of tea can cool you more effectively than a cold drink, sometimes you just need something cold. We’ve all brewed up a Peppermint Tea, knowing that once forgotten and tepid it will still taste delicious, admit it! But how often do you brew up a batch of iced tea? It’s a great way to enjoy all the Cosy Tea flavours you love, even on the hottest of days. Once more you can have it on the go without the carting around a giant Thermos!
We found this great base recipe on The Food Network to make a simple Iced Tea. Once you mastered it, which will take one shot, you can then start adding all sorts to create an abundance of iced teas.
Simple Iced Tea Recipe
- Bring 8 cups water to a simmer; remove from the heat and add 6 Cosy Tea bags.
- Let steep about 4 minutes, until it’s the strength you like.
- Strain loose tea with a fine-mesh sieve or remove the tea bags.
- Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher, cover and refrigerate.
It’s so simple that we can manage it in the hottest of heatwaves! You can add some sugar to sweeten when simmering the water or infuse a whole range of ingredients to give it that homemade touch. We’ve had a think of some flavour combinations so you don’t have to…
Peppermint & Apple Iced Tea – make as a peppermint iced tea, combine with apple juice once cooled and serve garnished with lime wedges.
Jasmine & Lime Iced Tea – just add fresh lime juice once the tea has finished steeping.
Rooibos, Lemon & Mint – combine a sliced lemon and plenty of mint whilst the tea is steeping.
Blueberry & Vanilla – for a softer, sweeter option add half a vanilla pod with the tea.
Here’s a few golden rules to follow as you begin to experiment more and make sure you share you ventures with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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
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 honey
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.
Iced with a slice
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.
In a martini
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.
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.
Psst! Do you know what Sunday is? That’s right, it’s Father’s Day. I know, I know, dads are really tricky to buy presents for. They wouldn’t appreciate knick-knacks, jewellery or hand-knits like your mum would (actually, they might – I’ll let you decide on that one) and they seem to always buy whatever they want for themselves! It’s just plain rude. But if there’s one thing you can always have more of, it’s food, and lovely home-cooked meals. So here are a few suggestions for gastronomical delights this Sunday, and – you guessed it – they all include tea!
Hot tea-smoked trout with new potato and rocket salad
This particular recipe has the added bonus of being cooked on a barbecue. Dad’s love a barbecue. The only problem is he might end up taking over – men and hot coals are magnetically drawn to one-another. It’s scientific fact (actually, it’s not). But if he does let you at the ol’ BBQ, all you need to do is mix tea leaves (from one of our Breakfast Tea bags) with sugar and rice and pop it on the grill to start smoking. Once it’s hot, pop your fish on top, cover them up and let the flavour sensation do its thing!
Smoked tea duck with bigarade sauce
The same approach is put to delicious use in this recipe, but with the more floral element of Earl Grey tea leaves – it’s the perfect partner to the delicate yet rich taste of duck. This is a great choice if your dad isn’t a particular fan of fish, or if you want to impress with more unusual ingredients. As soon as anyone mentions ‘duck’ or ‘Earl Grey’ it becomes instantly fancy. Trust me…
Tea-smoked salmon with herb mayonnaise
For a lighter meal (perhaps you’ve started the day with an all-out fry up, for which we do not blame you) this salmon and salad combo is special without being too much. The smoking technique is exactly the same again, so you can wow your dad without bustling about the kitchen for hours on end. Which leaves you more time for bonding and playing board games – or watching shoot-em-ups, if your dad prefers.
So there you have it. High impact, low effort recipes that incorporate your favourite thing in your dinner. After all, dads always love a cuppa.
Happy Friday, lovely people! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, and managed to stay warm in this chilly February weather. Speaking of February, guess what day tomorrow is? That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you are a fan of this celebration or not, you can’t seem to get away from the pink and red lovehearts at the moment. But it’s always good to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us and in honour of that sentiment, we’ve found you a romantic rose-bedecked tea cosy, because after all, sharing a pot of tea is a such a sweet way to say ‘I love you’.
This beautiful design by Louise Fitzpatrick incorporates a simple knitted body with a bevy of gorgeous crocheted flowers sewn to the top. Knitted in classic stocking stitch, the main part of the cosy is very simple, with the first sections worked flat and then joined into the round for the top shaping, leaving gaps for the handle and spout.
The really fun part is making the flowers for the top. Based on a pattern from www.funfreecraftlimited.com, this is great for newbie crocheters. As long as you can chain, slip stitch and double crochet, you can make these roses. And if you use a fun colourful yarn, like Louise did, they come out with the subtle variegations that real flowers have. Genius!
There’s a fair amount of sewing involved with this design, but it’s so worth it – aren’t those buttons delightful? Make sure to give yourself a full afternoon to dedicate to the construction and take your time when you position the flowers. A little bit of effort goes a long way and after all, you want this cosy to show just how much you care about your people.
Happy Valentine’s Day tea fans, we love you all!
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Happy Wednesday, dear readers! It’s the peak of the week – thank goodness – and we’ve got a few recipes to tempt you with, to get you thinking about the weekend and what you’re going to bake.
So a few weeks ago we started a bit of a mini series of traditional treats to enjoy with tea. We started close to home, with a few yummy creations from the British Isles. Today we’re going to hop across the Atlantic Ocean and see what our neighbours in the Southern states of America might snaffle with a good cuppa. Tea Cakes.
Southern Tea Cakes are believed to be a basic version of British tea cakes (the flat bun-like kind that are best toasted and thickly buttered) that were further simplified by the poorer classes to include fewer ingredients and better suit their resources. It’s this unfussy adaptation that has survived the test of time.
This first recipe is as authentic as they get. Taken from an old family favourite, with only minor adjustments, this is the closest you’ll come to the real deal. It sounds to me like a kind of very thin shortbread and a rather tasty accompaniment to your afternoon brew.
If you fancy something zingier, how about a lemon version? Adding lemon zest and juice to the mixture, and topping with lemon icing puts a fresh twist on the original. We think these would be the perfect partner to our Lemon Green tea.
Feeling like something cakier? This alternative is more dense and chewy for more of a cookie feel. Another iced version, this recipe feels quite pudding-y and we think it would make a lovely finish to a meal with friends, served with a refreshing pot of Earl Grey.
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced and my mouth is watering! Will you be whipping up a batch of Southern Tea Cakes this weekend? Show us some snaps and let us know how they turn out.