Sunset-tea-ni Cocktail

Next to morning tea, sunset cocktail hour is my favorite time of day. Especially when the cocktail I’m sipping is infused with tea. This summer, in our mountain cabin rental, Dan and I curated a small liquor cabinet with bitters, orange liqueur, vermouth, and a rotating spirits list of vodka, rum, gin, or whiskey. (When…

Japanese Green-tea-ni

Besides my comfy bed, the thing I miss most after selling our home and all our stuff (to travel the world for a year) is access to a fully stocked liquor cabinet. We always had spirits around for whipping up a weeknight Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or any variation of my favorite cocktail—a martini. One of…

Silver Bud Winter Mar-tea-ni

I am a tea addict. I’d probably qualify as a tea hoarder too. I just can’t stop collecting teas! Whenever I see a tea I’ve never tried, one I’ve never heard of, or simply get sucked into a tea’s story, I can’t resist the urge to snatch it up and sip it. Feeding right into…

Ginger, Lemon & Honey “Teatail”

I have mixed feelings about September. I love the lingering days of summer (the temperature hovered in the 90s this weekend in Denver) yet I long for the chill of fall to set it (it was below 50 degrees one morning last week on my way to work). For now, I’m continuing to embrace those…

Tea Foodie’s Frozen Faves

It’s been a hot summer here in Denver, CO! To beat the heat, I find myself going back to some of my favorite tea foodie dishes in the iced or frozen category. Thought I’d share some of my top picks for recipes to cool down with tea. Enjoy. Happy cooking and sipping! Tea Foodie’s Frozen…

Red, White (Tea) and Blue Sangria

The ironic thing about working on a cookbook project is that it makes you not want to cook. Reading about, testing, editing and shooting photos of recipes for several months on end saps most of the energy I’d normally have for my home kitchen. When I come home at the end of a cookbook workday,…

Lemon Basil Mojitos

On a recent indecisive March weekend (where it was snowing on Friday night and 70 degrees on Sunday afternoon when daylight savings time changed), I was suddenly hit with a craving for the refreshing flavors of spring. So I pulled out my Moroccan Mint tea-infused rum, some fresh basil, a lemon and locally-made Modern Gingham…

Chai Infused Coquito

If you’ve never tried coquito—a Puerto Rican version of eggnog made with coconut milk—you don’t know what you’ve been missing. I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Puerto Rico visiting my brother and sister and their families. One of my favorite things about going down there this time of year is that everyone is pulling out…

Plum Oolong-icious Screw

Get your minds out of the gutter, people. It’s a cocktail. I’m slowly working my way through our liquor cabinet infusing anything I can with one tea or another. This time I made a tea-infused vodka that I turned into a refreshing twist on the screwdriver, a highball cocktail that is typically made with a…

Harvest Spice Apple-tea-ni

This recipe is a great reason to be happy that another beautiful fall weekend has arrived. The recipe features Harvest Spice Tea from The Tea Spot that I steeped in aged rum and then mixed into the perfect fall cocktail. Harvest Spice is a black tea blend that is pretty potently flavored with orange, cinnamon…

A Southern Twist on Mint Tea

Call Mama! is a 34-page handmade cookbook – cook-booklet, really – with titles like ‘Beans in a Bundle’, ingredients like ‘1 packet of Dream Whip’, and instructions like ‘spread one pint mayonnaise on top as frosting’. Crisco, Cool Whip and Jello are mentioned too many times to count in this Southern gem of a recipe…