Recipes Using Tea

Closeup view of a plate of sliced chicken breast covered in a tea marinade for chicken.

Spicy Tea Marinade for Chicken

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Chicken is such a wonderfully versatile thing, perfectly suited to a variety of marinades — such as our Spicy Comfort Blend Tea Marinade for Chicken. Far too often, tea is relegated to the realm of Hot Drink Only, but it can be used in so many other creative and delicious ways. With its delicate aromas […]

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Take your tiramisu game in an entirely new, and utterly delicious, direction, by turning it into this Earl grey strawberry tea tiramisu.

Strawberry Earl Grey Tea Tiramisu Recipe

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Tiramisu is one of those desserts it’s difficult to mess up. How could you go wrong with ladyfingers soaked in strong coffee, then pillowed by layers of luscious mascarpone blended with a heady liqueur? Quite simply, you can’t. You can, however, take it in an entirely new, and utterly delicious, direction, by turning it into […]

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Overhead view a bundt-shaped hibiscus cake recipe on a white floral plate.

Vanilla Hibiscus Cake Recipe for Your Next Tea Party

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Hibiscus is one of those amazing things that delights with not only its taste, but also its color and fragrance. We get to celebrate two of those three things in our hibiscus cake recipe, otherwise known to us as the Magical Disappearing Color Cake. When I first made this cake, I had visions of the […]

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Overhead view of blue and white plates full of cookies made with tea arranged on a wooden table.

Three Homemade Cookies Made with Tea

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Homemade cookies with a cup of tea are lovely any time of day, but cookies made with tea are even more special. Baking with tea is a delicious way to infuse cookies with both fragrance and flavor and, if you mix in the tea leaves as well, you have a cookie that is scrumptious, beautiful, […]

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Closeup of bright green matcha green tea powder in a white square dish.

What to Make with Matcha Powder

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Matcha has recently become a bit of a trend in the foodie world. Matcha ice cream, cookies, and cakes are popping up left and right. Want to get equipped for the upcoming matchapocalypse? Here are a few ideas of what to make with matcha powder. While it has become popular in the west in the […]

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celebration tea cocktail

Tea-Infused Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail

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Get ready to celebrate with a fun and festive Pomegranate Celebration Cocktail! Our new favorite way to toast friends and loved ones is a blend of gin, tea, and winter-time fruits, with chilled Prosecco floated on the top for a bubbly finish. It’s both sweet and tart, with hints of blueberry and pomegranate and herbal […]

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Overhead view of two plates of matcha crepes on cutout felt place mats. Two packages of matcha green tea powder sit between them.

Matcha Crepe Recipe

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Cooking with matcha green tea powder is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to incorporate tea into your food. Green tea can now be a part of your favorite breakfast with this delicious matcha crêpe recipe. Don’t be intimidated if you have or haven’t tried to cook or bake with tea before; matcha is […]

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A large jar and glass of citrus white sangria sits on a table next to a platter of oranges, lemons, and limes with a background of daisies.

Green Tea and Citrus White Sangria

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Sangria is a wonderful summer drink, and this Citrus White Sangria is so exquisitely refreshing and zingy, you may want to keep a pitcher handy for leisurely sipping on every sweltering afternoon. As the sun sinks lower in the sky and the hope of cooler evening temperatures inches closer, an icy glass of Citrus White […]

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Two glasses of sparkling iced tea with green tea and lemonade are garnished with lemons and fresh basil.

Carbonated Tea Recipe: How To Make Sparkling Iced Tea

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As far as drinks go, iced tea is a pretty classic choice that we love — but as you know we sometimes we like to add a little something special to standard recipes. In this case we are opting for a carbonated tea recipe for our little something special. We will show you how to […]

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A pitcher full or fruit and iced tea sangria is in the foreground along with thinly sliced lemons on a floral plate. A glass of sangria and daisies are in the background.

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Sangria

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As summer temperatures soar each afternoon, a tall glass of iced tea sangria is a luscious way to bid farewell to the heat of the day and beckon a balmy summer evening. A delightful blend of wine, sweetened tea, and fresh fruit, iced tea sangria is not only a refreshing drink, it is beautiful to […]

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Overhead view of two glasses of iced Moroccan mint tea.

12 Summer Iced Tea Recipes

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The summer brings warm weather, which means that iced tea season is upon us. To help make the hot months cool and flavorful, here are twelve summer iced tea recipes! These recipes are broken into three of my favorite iced tea types: creamy, latte “fogs;” sweet and tart Arnold Palmers; and smooth and cool Moroccan […]

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A trio of tea and orange juice drinks sits on a checkered cloth.

Tea and Orange Juice: 3 Citrus-Infused Drinks

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Tea and orange juice may not be the combination that first comes to mind when you are thinking up new recipes for your next brunch, but we think it’s a combination you should definitely try. So, we paired orange juice with three of our favorite teas to create a delicious trio of drinks that are […]

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Two scoops of Earl Grey Cardamom Ice Cream sprinkled with pistachios in a glass dish.

Spice and Ice: Earl Grey Cardamom Ice Cream

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Summertime is for sunshine and frozen treats. If you like chai or Earl Grey tea, you’ll love this lightly spiced spin on kulfi, which is a type of Indian ice cream. Nothing beats homemade dessert. You can enjoy this Earl Grey cardamom ice cream as a sweet ending to an Indian meal, but any occasion […]

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How To Make Thai Tea from Scratch

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Thai iced tea, which originates in Thailand, has become an incredibly popular drink here in the U.S. First introduced in Thai restaurants across the country, its deep color and sweet, creamy flavor make it an easy drink to enjoy. But don’t think you have to venture to one of these establishments just for a glass […]

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Overhead view of a fruit shortcake with fresh strawberries, dusted with powdered sugar on a white plate. A cup of sugar plum tea syrup sit next to it on a wooden board.

Summertime Sugar Plum Fruit Shortcake Recipe

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Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to enjoy seasonal fruit in new ways. Try your favorite fresh fruit in this pretty fruit shortcake recipe flavored with Plum Deluxe’s own Sugar Plum tea. Creamy Drop Biscuit Shortcakes These shortcakes start with a lightly sweet cream drop biscuit made with heavy cream instead of butter. This […]

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Overhead view of an Earl Grey cheesecake on a blue floral plate, accented with ferns.

Earl Grey Cheesecake with Ginger Cookie Crust

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Earl Grey Cheesecake is the new favorite cheesecake in our farmhouse these days. With its luscious fragrance that fills the whole house while it’s baking to its creamy texture and delicate flavor, we are smitten. There are many wonderful cheesecake recipes in this world, like this lovely Minty Chocolate Chip Cheesecake or these delectable Pumpkin […]

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chocolate spiked hot tea in a pink Hello Gorgeous mug with a white teapot and chunks of chocolate

Spiked Hot Tea: A Trio of Warming Winter Toddies

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In my home, growing up, there were two remedies to treat a cold: sleep, and a hot toddy. Now, in my adulthood, I turn to a cozy, spiked hot tea for more than just the sniffles. A traditional hot toddy typically consists of a simply brewed black tea, lemon and honey, and an ounce or […]

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How to Make a Chai Tea Latte at Home

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Long ago, before the days of my super-stocked tea cabinet and desire for encyclopedic knowledge about every loose leaf tea that crossed my path — er, cup — there were the days of the chai. All I knew was that it was creamy, spicy, sweet, warming, and autumnal, and with $4, I could pick one […]

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Can you put brown sugar in tea

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Tea Latte

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Can you put brown sugar in tea? Absolutely! But should you? Most definitely. Especially when it’s spiced brown sugar, fragrant with molasses and cinnamon, and stirred into strong black tea with lashings of foam for a fabulous brown sugar tea latte. I like using unusual sweeteners in my cup of tea, from palm sugar and […]

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Spiced Pumpkin Scones with Maple Butter Glaze

Pumpkin Scones with Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea

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Pumpkin and spice and everything nice make this pairing of Spiked Orange-Pumpkin Iced Tea and rich, tender Spiced Pumpkin Scones a perfect combo for fall brunch or tea time. You can make the tea in advance and let it cool overnight, saving you prep time. Scones are always best made the day they’re served, but […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail and Sorbet

Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail and Sorbet

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Fall is apple cider time! Here are two recipes that make the most of the season’s apple cider — be sure to get freshly pressed cider if possible. The Pumpkin Spice Cider Cocktail is a cold cocktail featuring the addition of pumpkin spice tea. It’s extra autumn-y! You’ll want to use the cider reduction that […]

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matcha iced tea

Easy, Delicious Matcha Iced Tea Recipe

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It’s hot out, and iced tea is a great way to cool down. But what about that hot matcha habit you started over the winter? The answer is easy: ice it! We’ll show you how to stay cool and energized all summer long with this matcha iced tea recipe. Blending Iced Matcha While you can […]

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Hazelnut Milk Tea Latte

Drink Your Nutella: a Healthy Hazelnut Milk Tea Recipe

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As someone who likes to be mindful of her health and wellness, I try not to make a habit of frequent desserts — everything in moderation, but of course, I’m human. But one foolproof way I’ve found to strike that ever-elusive health balance we all seek is by letting myself indulge freely in my most […]

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english tea party ideas

Modern English Tea Party Ideas for Two

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Earl Grey is one of the most popular tea flavors, and the perfect choice for any English tea party ideas. As Andy has reminded us, it was made famous by Star Trek’s Captain Picard. “Earl Grey. Hot!” To celebrate this bergamot-flavored black tea, I chose four must-do recipes to serve at this modern English tea […]

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baking with tea

Things to Know Before Baking With Tea

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Tea and baked goods are one of those time-honored combinations that we can’t help but love. Tea parties have, for centuries, been synonymous with everything from scones to specialty breads, cookies, and pastries. However, the idea of incorporating tea into the baked good itself is a newer trend that results in numerous delightful combinations of […]

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Honey Lavender Tea Cake

Earl Grey Honey Lavender Tea Cake Recipe

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Earl Grey tea is one of the most popular black teas available and with its hint of bergamot it lends itself beautifully to a myriad of fun desserts and baked goods — like this Earl Grey Honey Tea Cake with Lavender Buttercream. For this particular recipe we used Plum Deluxe’s Mindful Morning tea blend; however, […]

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tea brined chicken wings

Tea Brined Chicken Wings to Up Your Grilling Game

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These are not your typical chicken wings. First off, they are not breaded or fried, or slathered with sauce or served with a mandatory side of blue cheese dip. (Not that we will hold it against you if you love blue cheese, we are pretty partial as well, it’s just not mandatory in this case.) […]

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matcha tea layer cake

Sweet Spring Matcha Layer Cake

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If you like tea and dessert, you’ll love this traditional layer cake with matcha green tea buttercream icing. It makes a perfect dessert course for your next tea party. Bake the Cake The type of cake you use is up to you, but I like the way a good yellow cake balances out the sweetness […]

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matcha mousse

Marvelous Matcha Mousse

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Matcha is something that, by now, I’m sure we have all heard of. It’s been the “it” thing for a while and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing its roll any time soon. This finely milled green tea powder has been a staple in Japan since the twelfth century when it became the focus of […]

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cocoa and tea

Cocoa and Tea: The Perfect Combo for Cool-Weather Sipping

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This time of year, one of the biggest, most important questions we hot beverage lovers face is: cocoa or tea? Well, we have a solution for that. Instead of using hot water or milk to make your cocoa, you can use freshly brewed hot tea! Trust us, tea and cocoa are not as strange a […]

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tea smoked chicken

Start a New Tradition with Tea Smoked Chicken

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Smoking is a simple way to transform any cut of meat, and smoking with tea adds an extra special twist that gives poultry a distinctive Asian flavor. Although smoking with tea is traditionally used for cooking a whole duck, it works equally well with duck breasts, chicken pieces, or, for a family supper or dinner […]

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pumpkin spice tea smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Tea Smoothie

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Can’t get enough of pumpkin? This Pumpkin Spice Tea Smoothie recipe will help you kickstart your day with lots of vitamins, flavor, and a bit of caffeine. Aside from the obvious seasonal pull, there are many reasons why you might want to gulp down the pumpkin. Mainly, that spooky jack-o-lantern is a superfood chock full […]

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tea infused cake

Hazelnut Tea Infused Cake

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While I love a fancy dessert as much as the next person, sometimes I just want something simple and plain but delicious, like a moist and tender tea infused cake. A nice butter cake provides a wonderful base for all sorts of lovely infusions from tea and coffee to flowers and spice. For cake with […]

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burmese tea leaf salad

Eat Your Tea: Burmese Tea Leaf Salad Recipe

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Myanmar is a country that uses “have you eaten?” as a greeting rather than “hello,” so you know that good food is a cultural priority. It was there this summer that I stumbled upon my latest food obsession, and your next culinary adventure: the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad. Also known as lahpet thoke in Burmese, […]

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Mixed Summer Berry Tea Jelly Recipe

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Summertime is berry season, and throughout these warmer months a multitude of different berries become ready for harvest in a seemingly unending succession of sweetness. Preserving these berries at the height of their flavor and freshness becomes of the utmost importance, since once the weather starts to cool down there will be no more berries […]

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watermelon tea cocktail

Summertime Watermelon Tea Refresher

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The heat is beating down, and it’s prime time for cool sips and summer fruits. If you’ve been salivating over sun-kissed watermelon and Southern sweet tea, then this Summertime Watermelon Tea Refresher is the tea drink you’ve been waiting for — and it comes as a tea cocktail, too! It’s perfect for picnics, family gatherings, […]

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Green Tea Sangria

Garden Grove Green Tea Sangria

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Looking for the perfect accompaniment to your warm weather cocktail hour or backyard barbecue? This green tea sangria recipe makes use of seasonal fruits and sweet, light rosé wine to invoke the feelings and flavors of summer. Any kind of icy cold green tea works wonderfully to make a refreshing sangria, but we thought we’d […]

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homemade kombucha

Homemade Kombucha 101

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My kombucha-making adventures kicked off last summer when a good friend introduced me to this zingy brew. Soon afterward I made my first batch, thanks to her gift of a fresh SCOBY and mature tea for the starting liquid. To this day there’s always a batch or two happily fermenting on my kitchen counter. What […]

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tea biscotti recipe

An Almond Royale Tea Biscotti Recipe for Teatime Perfection

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Mmm, biscotti — that crispy, crunchy cookie that pairs perfectly with a good cup of tea. Our lovely black teas are especially delicious with biscotti, and what better way to enjoy them together than to combine them into a yummy Almond Royale Tea Biscotti recipe! It’s easy and will be your new go-to for tea […]

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earl grey banana bread

Earl Grey Banana Bread Recipe (with Tea-Soaked Raisins)

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I’ll be honest — banana bread isn’t my favorite recipe. I’d rather have a slice of olive oil cake or cardamom coffee cake (because really, in this case bread and cake are interchangeable terms). But, we recently encountered those quickly browning organic bananas that are the bane of any cook’s existence. They were beyond salvageable, […]

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Tea and Soup Pairings to Ward Off the Winter Blues

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Nothing says “comfort” on a winter day quite like a bowl of soup or a cup of hot tea. So why choose between the two when you can have both? Here are some of our favorite tea and soup combos. Perfect Partners When it comes to pairing soups and tea, the usual convention of matching […]

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Novel Idea Tea Cocktail Recipe

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Our Reading Nook Blend tea was the first Plum Deluxe tea, and has always been a best seller. It’s just a fun, floral black tea. It’s also the tea Plum Deluxe gets the most requests for using in recipes. Today, I’m sharing a creative tea cocktail that’s great for happy hour regardless of the season; […]

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A Classic Earl Grey Tea Granita with a Twist

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It seems like this past summer was the year for cold brew teas and tea ice pops, but there was one treat that I had enjoyed almost weekly that was missing from the trend: granita. An Italian dessert, granita is semi frozen and usually consists of water, a sweetener, and flavoring of some sort. Reminiscent […]

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Drink Your Greens: Double Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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Green smoothies are having something of a moment. There’s a reason why these brightly hued drinks have been dominating your social media feeds: they’re an easy way to increase your intake of green vegetables (and the corresponding nutrients that come with them). Smoothies are easy breakfasts for those of us on the go, and by […]

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“Conversation Starter” Tea: An Earl Grey Cocktail

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When I’m enjoying a cup of Earl Grey tea, I tend to go for a London fog (e.g. Earl Grey latte).  But did you know that Earl Grey makes a fabulous cocktail base?  Much better than those sugary, preservative-laden cocktail syrups. Try this easy-peasy Earl Grey cocktail recipe that is just perfect for a dinner […]

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Two Green Tea Treats to Revolutionize Your Tea Time

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At tea time — or any other time, really — a bit of a nibble really hits the spot. Cakes and cookies are all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to stir things up. Instead of scones, how about a scrumptious chocolate bark made with almonds and green tea? Or maybe you’d like to […]

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Summer Sophistication with Tea Ice Pops

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One of the best things about summer is enjoying a nice cold ice pop. (You might think of them as Popsicles. But Popsicle is a trademarked name for a brand of ice pops.) Who doesn’t like to feel a cold, tasty treat on their tongue that brings back thoughts of the long summer days in […]

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Summer Sweet Tea Rib Rub for Grilling Goodness

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When it’s too hot to use the oven, we here at Plum Deluxe like to get our grill on. And what better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying some barbecue? We recently took a pile of pork ribs into our outdoor test kitchen — I mean, back porch — along with our Summer […]

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Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

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We’ve discussed homemade soda here before, but not with tea in it! Okay, sure, you could buy tea soda at the store. But why do that when you can whip up something yummy and custom at home with just a tiny bit of work? Plus, your drink will have far less sugar than a store-bought […]

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Brighten Your Day with a Hibiscus Herbal Tea Smoothie

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I don’t know about you, but sunny days make everything seem better. On days I need a little extra sunshine in my life, I like to whip up a special smoothie with berries, Greek yogurt, and our Sunshine In a Cup hibiscus herbal tea. Shiny, Happy Goodness Okay, what’s so special about this smoothie? Let’s […]

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Cooking with Tea: Chamomile Corn Chowder

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Here at Plum Deluxe, we are obsessed with ways to use tea.  In every shipment of our tea of the month club, we feature recipes using the tea, as well as food pairings and other creative culinary combinations. One of my friends in the tea world, Annelies Zijderveld, has released a new book, Steeped: Recipes Infused […]

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Tea Syllabub: A Sweet Treat With Delicious History

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Innovative desserts are often delightful and intriguing, but sometimes it’s fun to look to the past for inspiration to satisfy a sweet tooth. Syllabubs were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, considered an essential part of the dessert tray and usually served alongside jellies and ices. A Historical Treat In its simplest […]

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Creme de la Creme: Flavored Creams to Heighten Your Tea-Drinking Delight

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Here at Plum Deluxe, we’re kind of obsessed with infusing things: vodka, sugar, salt. That’s because infusions are one of the easiest ways to put your personal stamp on your culinary masterpieces. So it should come as no surprise that today we’re sharing a new twist on our old favorite: infused creams! Making infused creams […]

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How to Make Tea Sangria for Holiday Cheer

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While mulled wine is a traditional drink for Christmas, you can expand your wine-based drinks repertoire by making your own blends of tea-infused sangria. In its simplest form, sangria is red or white wine poured over perfectly ripe fruit and left alone to allow the flavors to mingle. Served over ice, it is a flavorsome […]

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3 Tea-Infused Quinoa Recipes

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Nutrition-packed quinoa has become an everyday ingredient, but you can take it into the realm of the extraordinary by cooking it in tea rather than plain water.   Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, double the fiber of most other grains, and significant amounts of iron, lysine, magnesium, riboflavin, and […]

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The Perfect Vanilla MarTEAni

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I don’t know about you, but as much as I love a good cup of tea, as soon as 5:00 hits I’m ready for something a bit… stronger. Yes, dear readers, I am talking about vodka, and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. If you, too, are ready to turn […]

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Tea-Infused Hot Drinks, 3 Ways

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On a cold day, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a hot drink to warm your fingers while it warms your insides. Traditional fall beverages include coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and tea. While these are tried and true favorites, sometimes it can be fun to mix things up a bit and create a totally new […]

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Easy Sweet Tea Ice Cream

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I always say don’t believe everything you read on the Internet — especially when it comes to recipes. I recently stumbled across a Pinterest proliferation of “two ingredient, no machine, easy ice cream” recipes. Two-ingredient ice cream? No machine? Too good to be true, I thought. Well, my dinner party friends and sweet dairy fanatics, […]

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