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Welcome to the Tea Cocktail Line

It's finally here!


After a lot of hard work, trial and error, and a bunch of taste testing fun, the Tea Cocktail Line is LIVE! Tea and Toast's line of Tea Elixirs and Botanical Syrups is something I am so in love with, and it's available now in the online shop. I can't wait for you to try it.


This post will help to give a proper introduction to this new line of products, which is inspired by my love of preparing craft cocktails in my own home combined with my obvious obsession for loose leaf tea and garden florals. If you've ever been a guest in my home, you know what I'm talking about. ✨


Tea Elixirs:


These are all about creating a statement and enjoying something unique, and guess what? They're surprisingly simple and easy to use, even for the inexperienced cocktail curator. Here's what our Tea Elixirs are and how I recommend preparing and using them.


Our Tea Elixirs are a combination of premium loose leaf teas, a variety of dried & freeze dried fruits, and locally-sourced flowers from My Garden Blooms {a local & organic flower farm on the outskirts of Winston-Salem, NC}. They are thoughtfully created in small batches, with a mixture of all-natural and organic ingredients, and each bottle is made to be versatile so you may use any base liquor of your choosing to infuse them with. I will give recommendations though, of course!


Instructions:

1. Open the elixir bottle and set aside the square of cheesecloth for later. Pour your liquor of choice over the contents, until you've reached the neck of the bottle. Tighten the cap and carefully tilt the bottle back and forth for about 10 seconds to help combine the layers of ingredients. 2. Leave at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes to infuse. 3. Use the cheesecloth to strain the elixir out of the bottle and into a separate jar or bowl, gently squeezing the contents with the cheesecloth to release every bit of liquid and flavor. Discard the tea, fruit & flowers and pour the strained elixir back into the glass bottle.

And...voila! You're ready to create a tea cocktail. Keep this prepared Tea Elixir in the refrigerator and use within 7-10 days to ensure freshness.


Botanical Syrups:


These are my favorite beverage sweeteners! I use them all the time. They are multi-purposeful, flavor-filled, and well-balanced additions to virtually any beverage you may be sippin' on. Our Botanical Syrups are easy to make, and a little bit goes a long way with them. You can use them in hot or iced tea, cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings {wha-whaaa?} drizzle them on desserts, etc.


My day-to-day use for them is to pour soda water on top of ice & 1-2 teaspoons of the prepared syrup for a refreshing beverage, and on the weekends I definitely add them to my glass of champagne. 🥂



The Botanical Syrups are a combination of premium loose leaf teas, garden botanicals, dried flowers from My Garden Blooms, and organic cane sugar. They are blended with quality ingredients and add the perfect amount of earthly flavor to beverages. I especially love making cocktails with them!


Instructions:

1. Open the botanical syrup bottle and set aside the square of cheesecloth for later. Heat dry contents and 1 cup filtered water in a saucepan on medium heat. 2. Stir continuously when small bubbles begin to form, about 2 minutes. 3. Strain with the cheesecloth into a separate jar or bowl, let cool and then pour back into the glass syrup bottle.

Ta-da! Now you have a magical tea syrup. Store in your refrigerator for 7 to 10 days to ensure freshness.


I hope that this post helps to explain the new line to those of you who have had some questions and wanted to learn more. In my next post, I'll highlight a few Tea Cocktails that I love to make, as well as ones that I recommend for each Tea Elixir and Botanical Syrup.


Thanks for reading! I'll tea ya later,


Kiley

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