It's 10 days till Thanksgiving and 42 days till Christmas! But who's counting. I am, and I'm sure a lot of you are too. It feels like it suddenly went from early fall to being in the midst of the holiday season.
I love the holidays! I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas, and all the get-togethers with family and friends, and the food and beverages that go with them.
If I'm hosting, I have found that things seem to run much smoother if I do a smidge of pre-planning. This used to be a foreign concept to me, but a friend encouraged me to take a few minutes and get myself organized. Ok, truth time, it took more than a few minutes...but it has been well worth it to stop and think about what I'm doing and what I want to accomplish rather than winging it.
So, what is important to me and my family may differ greatly from what is important to you and yours. One of the things I cherish most are the beverages I serve. I pair the teas with the food I'm making. Or when I attend an event, I try to find out what the menu will be to choose the best teas to complement the food we are going to enjoy.
This year, I'll have a small Thanksgiving dinner at my house for a few close friends. I thought about serving the traditional turkey with the usual accompaniments. Dessert will be cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and white chocolate chip macadamia cookies. To complement these savories, I've got a nice selection of dessert teas.
First up is Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Black Tea. This premium tea is blended just for me and is exclusive to the Uptown Tea Shop. It tastes just like you were eating chocolate-covered strawberries. Yum! A match made in heaven.
Crème Brûlée Black Tea is another delicious after-dinner tea. This scrumptious black tea blend has the taste and aroma of buttery, creamy, sweet goodness and finishes with a wonderful caramelized brown sugar flavor. It's one of my favorite desserts as a cup of tea.
Gingerbread Black Tea is a seasonal offering, so get it while it's available. This aromatic black tea blend features the flavors of gingerbread spices that will make your mouth dance with happiness. All the spices blend perfectly to create a warm, comforting cup of tea destined to be a spice lover's new favorite tea!
For my green tea fans, I offer Coconut Kiss Green Tea. The finest Sencha green tea is combined with chocolate and coconut. If you love Mounds candy bars, you will love this tea since this is exactly what it tastes like.
Another great green tea option is Almond Cookies Green Tea. This tea tastes like an almond cookie that my Grandma used to make. This premium green tea blends almond slivers and coconut bits to create a comforting cup of tea. I love that this tea is calorie-free while offering a delicious way to enjoy dessert in a cup.
I have two teas for my friends and family who prefer no caffeine.
Snickerdoodle Rooibos tastes just like a freshly baked Snickerdoodle cookie. This tea has the delicious cinnamon taste of a cookie we all know and love. The sweet cinnamon taste lingers deliciously on the tongue.
Toasted Almond Herbal Tea is another caffeine-free option. This fabulous tea combines the flavor of sweet, roasted, caramelized almonds with just the right amount of cinnamon to make a tea that tastes like a baked goodie. It will make your mouth happy.
As the Holidays approach, I hope you will consider serving these teas to your friends and family. They will love the wonderful and varied flavors of these teas.