In the warmer months I like to relax outdoors in the morning in my robe and just soak in the fresh air. It's good ideal to just meditate in the morning instead of jumping into a project. I take a tray out with my tea and toast, prop my feet up and take my time. No phone, no TV. Just the sounds and smell of nature. This month I decided to create my own tea beverage and share my recipe. I like fruity tea and berry flavors. I selected 3 flavors and came up with an Mandarin Orange Cranapple Tea Beverage and it was more wonderful than I had hoped.
Heidi's Mandarin Orange Cranapple Tea
If you're one of those people that bore easy of the same things, then create your own beverage. Just go with your favorite flavors and start blending. Once you're done, write the recipe down and name it after yourself. Invite people to try the beverage you named after yourself. Wha la ...Signature Beverage.
In the Kitchen
I recommend 3 flavors for a good blended beverage. Try juices, creamers, instant beverage mixes and premium tea bags. Start with one part of two flavors, taste, then add as little or as much of the third flavor as desired. A good blend won't have an overwhelming taste of just one flavor. These beverages can be served hot or cold. Try it both ways and freeze some for flavored ice cubes. This is a lounge outfit recipe. So relax.
Entertain in style - Pick up some funky colored cups and create tea tray sets or serve in colored glasses with tiny fruit skewers. It's easy to find in the clearance section of discount stores. The set you see in the photo's was less than $5.00! Add a few colored napkins, sugar cubes, fresh flowers, a slice of homemade pastry and expect to entertain for a long time. Cheers!
India Arie - Beautiful. By now you know I'm a lyric lover. Soft guitar melody. Ease right into a relaxed state. Good background music. Now where's my tea?
You Will Need:
2 Mandarin Orange Tea Bags
2 Packets of Instant Apple Cider Mix
1 Cup of Cranberry Juice
2 Cups of Water
Bring water to a boil. You can microwave for 2 minutes. Drop in tea bags and steep for 1 minute. Stir in packets of Cider mix. Stir until dissolved. Pour in Cranberry juice and stir. Reheat for another minute and serve hot.
Spend a few dollars and have fun creating your own beverage service sets. It's a good reason to invite guest for a casual get together. Make up mixes and store in pretty labled containers. Start a collection of your signature blends and give them as gifts. Keep some gourmet cookies in the pantry or serve with a slice of homemade strudel. (next recipe)
As always, Look Good, Cook Good and Entertain in Style.