Tea is almost as synonymous with spa as water. Aveda has it’s eponymous tea at every location and one would be remiss to find a spa relaxation or waiting room sans the – as the French would say.
Plus, I’ve found tea a healthy replacement for my beloved diet sodas. No matter how hard I tried to oust those nasty chemicals – my sweet tooth kept satiating me with that no calorie message. But a little bit of honey sweetens these right up – and if you ice them and add a bit of sparkling water – presto healthy homemade “soda”.
In honor of Amazon’s 40% off sale on teas this week, I thought it would be a good (and recession friendly) time to share some of my favorite brands with you. Green, black, exotic – these leisure libations are sure to help you take a few moments to relax each day.
Or why not share with your friends and have an international tea party? So pack your (tea) bags we’re off:
Known for their traditional (non-herbal) brews, Wissotzky offers three strengths for every palate: tea bags containing 1 gram of tea – delicate tea; 1.5 grams of tea – classic tea; 2 grams of tea – strong tea
But, they also play a little. For example, their apple tea is a sugar free alternative to apple cider. Visit their site which offers ways to transform their blends into decadent drinks. For instance, try this with my favorite Rose Chai:
Malabi Rose Chai Ingredients (for 10 cups):
- a1 liter of milk
- 4 Wissotzky Rose Chai tea bags
- 150 grams of sugar
- 250 ml. of sweet cream
- 75 grams of corn flour
- Grenadine Cordial
- Crushed roasted pistachio nuts
- Fresh strawberries
- Warm the milk, sugar and rose chai in a pot without bringing to the boil.
- Switch off the fire, cover the pot and leave it to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- In the meantime mix the sweet cream and the corn flour until smooth.
- Add a little of the milk to the mixture and then put all into the pot.
- Remove the tea bags and cook the cream on low fire all the while stirring until the mixture becomes thicker (about 4-5 minutes).
- Place the mixture in the individual cups and cover with plastic wraps
and refrigerate well for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
- Pour the cordial and scatter the decorative items on the top of each cup of Malabi and serve cold.
Switzerland & Asia: Tea Spree
When Tea Spree says it’s richly blended teas are an Escape from the Extraordinary they mean it! Their tea leaves are doted on from the genesis of each leaf, which are meticulously grown in a ventured property organically without pesticides or chemicals.
They painstakingly hand wrap each bundle into a silken pyramid infuser. Then they are sent to Switzerland for consistency & quality control. It’s like a tea with a passport!
Their Vanilla Rooibos, one of my top picks, is sweet and tastes faintly of almond. They also do lavender teas which are calming before bedtime.
Presentation is key at Ineeka. The container is a silver metal box and the tea bags are presented in gull wing bags – the sides are cardboard and fold over the side of your teacup so the herbs can brew and you can remove the bag with no mess.
Looking into the bag is like looking at a garden – you’ll see whole leaves, petals, and colors through the fine mesh. The names are unusual as well. My pick is Ingenuity which has green tea and lemongrass. A zesty, tangy pick me up!
All are available at our Spa Maison shop on Amazon through the end of the week most of the teas are 40% off. What are your favorite teas? Let us know below. . .
See you at the Spa, Candy