The Ginger Tea Reviews: Valentine's Day TEAmosas
You know... mimosas, but with tea... Get it?
Welcome back for a special lovey-dovey edition of the Ginger Tea Reviews! Tea is my passion, and I am making it my goal to share my passion with the world.
So, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, what are your plans? Are you and your special someone going to have a fancy tea party? Perhaps have a romantic dinner with a lot of flowers? Galentine's Day fun, or vice-versa? Or maybe you're just having a tea for one session with your Netflix account and way too much chocolate? Whatever you've got going on, I have the perfect boozy beverage for you!
So my beau and I have been together for six years and some change. Each Valentine's Day is different, but there is one thing that has remained consistent: Mimosas.
Mimosas are a staple for us. Don't want to spend the money on dinner and a movie? Mimosas and chill are usually the answer. Nothing says "I love you" for us better than a nice Brut Champagne and OJ, plus some chocolate and flowers on the side.
So for my review today, I decided to put a twist on our classic mimosa! I decided to make a "Teamosa!" But I had two very different teas, and I just couldn't decide which one I wanted to try more, so I did both.
Now, as my courtesy reminder, please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Thank you.
So let's dive right into our first Teamosa!
Wild Sweet Orange Teamosa
This is the Wild Sweet Orange Teamosa. For this drink, I used Tazo's Wild Sweet Orange herbal tea, and Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée Champagne. I'd provide a recipe, but I feel it is pretty straight forward as far as recipes go; it's literally just two ingredients.
What is lovely about this Teamosa is that it is refreshing and light; perfect for a summer day, or for a romantic evening. It plays back to a traditional mimosa, with the orange tea, but the orange flavor is not at all overpowering, as is sometimes the case if you use too much orange juice in your mimosa. It adds a nice citrus flavor to a beautiful and flavorful champagne.
How to Make It...
So, as I mentioned before, it isn't complicated to make. With herbal teas, the longer you let them steep, the stronger the flavor becomes. So, if you wanted to make an iced herbal, allowing them to sit for longer makes a stronger and better flavor, especially if pouring the brew directly over ice.
So, this in mind, I wanted the orange flavor of the tea to pop. I pulled out four tea bags and set them up in a nice, big pitcher. I heat up my water to 212° Fahrenheit, filled up the pitcher, and put the lid on top. I wanted the tea to be good and strong, so instead of steeping it for the typical five minutes, I let it sit for close to eight to ten minutes. Sweeten as desired. You can steep it for up to ten minutes, maximum, but any longer and you run the risk of creating a syrup; it will brew too strong eventually.
After the tea was brewed, I removed the bags and let it chill in the fridge until the tea was cool. Then I added half tea and half champagne to my glass, garnishing it with a navel orange slice (because I'm a classy lady). Now, if you want a stronger Teamosa, add a little more champagne than tea, but for the most part, how much you add does not matter. Either way, the orange tea adds a nice, citrus finish to the champagne.
Blueberry Pineapple Teamosa
Now, out of the two, I have to say this one was my personal favorite. While the Wild Sweet Orange Teamosa was amazing, this one was even more so, to me.
The champagne really brought out the flavors of the blueberry and pineapple herbal teas. In this Teamosa, I used the same Barefoot Bubbly Brut, and this time paired it with a Blueberry Bliss Rooibos tea and a Pineapple Kona Herbal tea blend. This blend was actually used for years at Teavana, before they closed. So if you want to replicate this Teamosa, you might be able to find the teas on Ebay. If not, you can try to replace those two teas with the blueberry pineapple herbal tea from www.adiago.com.
How to Make It...
With this being an herbal/rooibos combination, brewing the tea for longer creates a stronger flavor. So I filled up a large filter for the loose leaf tea, set it up in the pitcher, and filled it up with 212° water, and let it sit up to about eight to ten minutes. Sweeten as desired. Again, don't let it brew any longer than ten minutes; it will turn into a syrup over time, and it will be too strong.
Once the tea was brewed, I put it in the fridge to chill. As soon as the tea was nice and cold, I did half tea and half champagne, with a pineapple garnish. Now, if you want to be extra, add some blueberries to the Teamosa, because you are wonderful and you deserve it. Seriously.
This Teamosa is fruity and bubbly and perfect. The tartness of the champagne brought out the sweetness of the blueberries and pineapple. Since we are going for a Valentine's Day beverage, this Teamosa is perfect because the flavors all marry together to make a beautiful, fruity cuppa love.
So whatever it is you decide to do with your Valentine's Day, be sure to add a nice cuppa love to your day, because you are loved and you deserve it. Remember to drink responsibly!
I hope you enjoyed, and that you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it! There is a great big world of tea out there, and together we can explore every last inch of it!
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