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I've just noticed that I have a thing for teas that smell like jello. I noticed a Celestial Seasoning's Mixed Berry one in the kitchen at work, so I tried it. Very nice =)

I like Celestial Seasoning's Strawberry & Kiwi tea... The Tetley Strawberry isn't bad either. Very jello-ey.

Berry teas are very nice when they're steeped in Sprite as a punch for parties too. =) You get a carbonated lemony-limey-jello-ey punch. The instructions were to just dump teabags into a large punch bowl of Sprite - 5 teabags for every 2L. I did it for a party once and it was pretty good. I don't know if that works as well as it could because the Sprite is room-temperature at best and tea should be steeped in hot water.

If I ever get to try this again, I think I'd try boiling up 5 teabags in maybe a half cup (or even less?) of water to get a super strong tea, then let it cool and then mix with Sprite...

It would be interesting to try this with non-berry teas too.


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xinit
Dec. 10th, 2001 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've gotten into whole-fruit tisanes as well.... they're very fruit punchy... Big chunks of dried fruits and twigs that you simmer in water and then drink. Beats those Celestial Seasonings bags any day.
bride
Dec. 10th, 2001 06:14 pm (UTC)
I have one of those too. They do taste better.
mayna
Dec. 10th, 2001 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not much of a tea person but sometimes I can tolerate fruity herbal teas. I used to have raspberry tea and then I would put raspberry jelly in it (or grape or strawberry) and that was OK. It tastes really gross with just sugar or by itself. I'm a coffee person (black but sometimes I'll put sugar in it,depends on my mood) . :-)

Now, Bill, he's a tea drinker. He likes Lady Gray tea or else just regular Lipton tea. He puts milk and sugar in his tea... yuck.
bride
Dec. 10th, 2001 09:23 pm (UTC)
Aside from the berry teas, I'm a Pu-Er and Jasmine person.

I'm Chinese, milk and sugar do not belong in tea. =)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 11th, 2001 05:26 am (UTC)
oh my goodness! Yes, that strawberry and kiwi tea is oh so yummy. I have this huge thing of it in my cupboard. Mmmm baby baby.

Anyway.

I've been reading your journal for a while now and love it. You probably don't even know me, but it's all good. you're actually one of the main reasons I want to start a journal here.. woohoo. Anyway, I was just curious if you could send me some code because without it, i won't be able to get start one of my own. that's how nice livejournal is. my e-mail's megmoret_e@yahoo.com

if not, i still look forward to reading you every day. Yum.

Love, Megan
badkarma_05
Dec. 11th, 2001 08:29 am (UTC)
Ew... Bride has a fan club! Hey, if you don't have an access codes available, I'm sure I still have a couple available, and could give one to you.

Being wicked Boston Irish, I have always put milk and sugar in my tea. It seems that most people load their tea and coffee with sugar. If I go to a Dunkin Donuts I have to physically restrain the counter help from dumping a pound in my coffee. I like to use just enough to take the bitter out. However, I have been trying to adaprt to green tea... straight. I hope to God, its an aquired taste, because my head keeps getting sucked into my chest. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
bride
Dec. 11th, 2001 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: sugar in coffee

Heh. Bungo always uses extra-extra-extra sugar to the point of supersaturation. Drives me bananas when I take a sip of his coffee/tea and get this huge sugar bomb in my mouth.

Re: Green Tea - my head keeps getting sucked into my chest

It might be too strong. Some teas are better stronger, but most of the ones I have are better medium (Oolong, Tie GuanYin, Jasmine, Pu-Er). I actually like them slightly weaker than medium, but I'm strange. I know the strength by colour, not really by number of minutes in the pot, but about 3-5 minutes should do it. Pu-Er also needs chyrsanthemums in it to balance off the bitterness.
badkarma_05
Dec. 11th, 2001 01:14 pm (UTC)
Let me see, I'm drinking... "Bigelow Green Tea" It goes on to say, "A fine delicate tea in the Japanese style. Individually packed for freshness." Oh and get this...

"Beginning in the early 19th century, Buddhist monks observed the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, Later Samurai Warriors were tested on their knowledge of tea and the shogun elevated tea service to a worship of the beautiful. An old Japanese saying observers 'if a man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.' We couldn't agree more. That's why we've traveled the Orient to bring you a fragrant, light, and mellow brew that will tempt you and your guests to relax and contemplate life's finer points." A whole education, right on a tea box! However, I skeptical, I think they just say that to sell more tea. I bet they grow the stuff in New Jersey.

Okay, if I reduce the steaping time, that will reduce my desire to drag my tongue across the carpet?
bride
Dec. 11th, 2001 03:06 pm (UTC)
I should get some Bigelow Green Tea and try it... I'm fairly certain it's the steeping time though.

Re: grown in Jersey

Wouldn't surprise me one bit. =)
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