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If you are looking for something new and unique to try at your New Year’s Eve party, why not give a Tea Spritzer a shot? It is rarely done and most importantly can be customized to fit any event – not to mention it’s quick and super easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need (per 2L):

20 grams of Cranberry Apple fruit tea

10 grams of Citrus Sunburst fruit tea

A 2L container

1/3 cup of simple syrup

4 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp grated lemon peel (orange works as well)

One bottle of your favorite sparkling wine or champagne

What you want to do first is make the simple syrup – simply heat 1/3 cup of simple syrup on a pan with a bit of water until it dissolves completely and becomes liquid (you can always add more, it’s important to start with less). While the simple syrup is simmering, prepare your base. Simply fill the container half way with hot water and let the tea steep for 20 minutes (make sure to use either a strainer or put the loose leaves into disposable paper filters). Once the infusion is done, let it cool (I put it in the fridge while I prepare the rest). Finely grate your lemon peel or orange (maybe even add a tiny bit of fresh ginger). Combine your simple syrup, ginger, grated citrus in the same saucepan you simmered your syrup, cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will bring out the necessary citrus flavor and aroma. Once this is done, combine the tea infusion (don’t forget to remove the tea bags) with the rest, let it cool (back in the fridge it goes!)When ready to serve, fill the remaining half of the container with a choice of your favorite sparkling beverage – its New Year’s, so why not a nice bottle of champagne?

I hope you enjoy your perfect tea spritzer and have a wonderful New Year’s celebration!

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Mixing and matching is in this season. Just take a look at your recent wardrobe changes, did you suddenly start juxtaposing different textures and shapes? If you answered yes, I think you are ready for the ultimate holiday switch-a-roo!

Our wardrobe is one thing, but I bet you never thought that during the Holidays, some unexpected mixing and matching can be just as exciting as the traditional approach to festivities. Don’t get me wrong, I think one of the main principles of the Holiday season is tradition, but traditions don’t have to change. The only thing that does is the perspective. Any Holiday festivities can come with a bit of a twist. For example, a combination of two traditional events, yet not regarded as a likely pair – the Holiday spirit and a Tea Party!

Yes of course, naturally you’re thinking it has been done or how is that breaking any tradition at all when most households drink tea during this season anyway? Quite simple – the rules of the tea party have to be altered. Invite your loved ones for an evening of fun, tea and Holiday related tasks. Such as decorating the Christmas tree with…you got it – tea cups! I would suggest sending out an invite requesting everyone to bring in a colorful, light or small in size tea cup in advance to avoid any breakage. Once your guests arrive, clueless as to why they need a cup, you can announce your genius idea – decorating the tree with tea cups. While your guests are decorating the tree, include some interactive games along the way – make everyone write down an embarrassing Holiday story on a piece of paper, anonymously, each small paper piece will have to be put into a hat and upon being drawn everyone will have to guess who’s card it is, let the hilarity ensue!

And obviously no Holiday event is complete without treats. Check out our journal entry on baking with matcha for some healthy inspiration, and choose from our extensive lineup of spices and sweeteners for that extra little bit of something in your treats. Stay tuned for more Holiday ideas from your favorite tea meister!