I like tea. I really like tea. I'm going to have to just go out on a limb and state I'm an addict. I'm not a snob–I don't care how people have their tea, so long as they enjoy what they're drinking. I like talking about tea, too.
Today, I'm going to showcase (with pictures!) four of the teas I'm drinking today. I make them in 16 oz iced tea batches. One is therapeutic in nature. It helps with my allergies and sinuses, even when iced. The others are pure bliss.
I'll start off with the one I'm currently drinking, which also happens to be my therapy tea. It's called ‘Organic Cold 911‘ and is produced by David's Tea. Actually, all four teas I'm showcasing are by David's Tea. Cold 911 is available in a kosher blend as well as the organic blend.
It's made with peppermint, apple, and juniper berries, as well as eucalyptus and orange. This one has no calories or sugar when steeped, which is perfect for my ‘abandon sugar addiction' bandwagon!
I really like this tea, but it's really strong, so by the time I'm done my 16 oz of iced tea, I'm kinda done with it for the day. This is definitely a once per day tea for me unless I'm really sick… then I'll have it hot, if you please.
Next up is Forever Nuts. Like Cold 911, this is a tisane. (Herbal.)
This is what I fondly refer to as “Nutty Apple Pie” tea. This is one of my absolute favorites, and I could probably drink four or five 16 oz servings on ice a day, easy. This one is going to bankrupt me, I'm certain of it.
This one is as simple as it is delicious. It's made of apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot, and my absolute favorite ‘artificial flavoring.'
I like my teas pure, but I like taste better… and if they put cyanide in this puppy, I'd probably drink it happily. Give me more!
Yeah, I know. I'm being lame, but I really DO love this tea that much. If I ever develop a nut allergy, it will a painful time in my life. Very painful. Much pain.
The next tea on my list is a proper tea, and it gets me out of bed in the morning. It's called Pura Vida, and it tastes like a Pina Colada. I shit you not, this tea tastes like a non-alcoholic Pina Colada. It's my go-to morning tea. It's a green tea (ignore the fact I put it in a pink tin. I like the color pink, okay? If you don't like pink things, more pink things for me.
Pura Vida is a kosher tea. However, unlike many of David's Tea products, it contains sulfites. So, if sulfites are one of your allergies, beware.
This lovely tea is made with pineapple, green tea, apple, coconut, mango, chamomile, and natural ingredients. Not quite as yummy as artificial ingredients, but hey, can't have perfection in this tea… or can you?
I got a bit artsy-fartsy with the picture on this one, but I wanted you to se all the glorious bits of everything in this tea, from the cut green leaves to the strips of coconut, the curled dried apples, and the chunks of pineapple.
This tea smells as fantastic as it looks, and it tastes even better. I really can't sing the praises of this one enough.
Last on my list, but certainly not least, is Mango Madness. I love mango, yo. If you want to lure me into a white van and kidnap me and hold me hostage in your basement so you can force me to write novels for you, I'm pretty sure all you'd have to do is hold out a mango tied to a stick. I'd probably just follow the mango, drooling like a zombie with a serious case of brain cravings. I mean, it's mango. I freaking love mango.
Mango has such happy memories for me. When I was in school, I had a friend named Elizabeth. Liz was one of my very first real friends. She was this absolutely lovely Asian girl, and she was truly one of the sweetest people I ever met.
One day, she invited me over to her house. I had no idea Liz's family was seriously rich until my mom dropped me off at her place. Her parents liked me (boy, did I have them fooled…) so I got constantly invited over. I loved it, Liz loved it, and we had a great time. Liz and I were attached at the hip right up until we went away from college. Her parents introduced me to mango. It was my first time having it, and it was one of those fruits my family simply couldn't afford.
Whenever I visited, they made a point of having a mango or other interesting fruits around. They were those type of people. They understood the little things.
I miss Liz, and I hope she has had a happy life–we lost touch, and I wasn't able to find her again over the years… but I think about her whenever I have anything dealing with mango, and they're happy memories.
Mango is happiness.
Mango Madness is a full leaf white tea. (See that gorgeous full leaf in the picture? DO YOU SEE IT?!) It's made with apples, white tea, orange peel, pineapple, mango, orange slices, tangerine, safflower petals, strawberry, marigold blossoms, and my favorite ‘flavoring.'
Let's face it. Like peach, mango is a really difficult flavor to hit at in a tea. Mango doesn't really dry well, it loses a bunch of its flavor. So, to mimic mango, you need mango… and you need a lot of other things that taste kinda like mango when put together.
That's what this is. It's mango with mango flavoring so you can taste the mango. It's also white tea, which is my favorite type of tea.
These are the drinks that fuel my writing, and they are delicious.