Well, this is it for this Holiday Season’s Tea Blend. Going forward I’ll do them periodically for the season or holidays but have no specific schedule planned. Now that Tea Gong-Go is up and running I need to get back to editing a finished manuscript and the completion of one I started right before this blog.
Tea reviews, tea art, and tea gear reviews along with tips and tricks will continue as weekly posts. But keeping up with my writing schedule and blends is just more than this one tea lover can manage.
So here we go! One of my favorite holiday flavor combos is cranberry orange. My dearly departed Nana took her cranberry orange relish recipe with her and try as I might, I can never get her relish right. This wonderful blend of cranberries and orange is a winner though and sure to wow your guests or provide you with that special treat you deserve.
Black Cran-Orange Cinnalicious
Tea Blend Recipe
Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong (Upton Tea Imports) – 7 grams
Halmari CTC BOP (Upton Tea Imports) – 1.5 grams
dried cranberries – 20 grams
fresh orange peel – 1 orange
cinnamon stick – 1/4 piece or to taste
Kosher salt – less than a pinch or eliminated
water – 20 oz 212°
steep time – 3 to 5 minutes
First, using a vegetable peeler, peel your orange being careful not to get any of the white pith and place the strips on your cutting board or into your food processor. Next, weigh out your cranberries and add to your orange peel then chop finely.
Next weight out your tea and add to your chopped fruit along with the salt and toss gently to combine.
Bring water to a boil and pour into a 20 oz capacity teapot to heat up the pot for a few seconds. Once your vessel is warm, pour out the water, add the tea blend, and put back on the lid (don’t add the water yet). Give the pot a shake so all the ingredients come into contact with the warm pot and let it sit a minute. By allowing the tea blend to warm up first, it will begin releasing its aroma and make a more flavorful infusion. Once the tea blend has warmed up, add 20 oz of boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes then pour and enjoy. This blend can be used for three to four pots of tea. I find the second pot the best, especially when you let it sit for 24-hours before the second infusion.
Puch Up The Spice:
You can make a great variation on this blend with fresh nutmeg.
This is one of my favorite tea blends and really easy to make for the beginner. Give it a try – it also makes an impressive Christmass gift.