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Monday Mashup: High Kick

high kick teaFor a spark of energy at the start of February, we whipped up a pot of our newly invented brew that we’re calling High Kick. This mix of  Zhi Tea’s yerba mate and ginger and lime green rooibos offers grassy notes and intensity from the yerba that complement the bold, bright and citrusy rooibos, resulting in a refreshing beverage. 

Although we tried our concoction piping hot, we think it’d be just as delicious iced for the summer months. Try it straight or add a dash of agave nectar for a sweeter treat. Either way, we’re confident this Monday Mashup will entice your senses and delight your tastebuds.

Bewitching Blood Orange Brew

With Halloween a mere five days away and Halloweekend already upon us, it’s high time for a recipe that will tickle your tastebuds and spook your soul!

This autumn, we have created a concoction with our Blood Orange tea and organic pomegranate Italian soda, topped off with a hand-shaped ice block. Our favorite combination blends iced Blood Orange tea to pomegranate Italian soda at a 2:1 ratio. (Read our iced tea instructions online for best practices!)

The resulting beverage is fruity and tart without a hint of artificial flavoring – a welcome change from the usually corn-syrup-crammed holiday! To make enough punch for a crowd, pour a 750ml organic pomegranate Italian soda into a large punch bowl and brew 1500ml of Blood Orange iced tea. Add your tea to the bowl for a bloody delicious mixture! For the icy hand floating about in your cauldron, follow these instructions. This sweet and scary punch is sure to please at your big Halloween bash!

P.S. For the ghoulishly grown-up version, add vodka as you see fit.

Monday Mashup: Pink Doublemint

Monday MashupThis Monday’s organic tea concoction kept it cool with a combination of our premium Moroccan Mint and Hibuscus Mint teas at a 1:1 ratio. With Texas summer in full swing, we opted to ice our Monday Mashup, and the result was just as refreshing as we’d expected. The icy, palate-cleansing sensations of the fair trade mint tea balanced out the tart and sweet flavors of the hibiscus flower for a truly top-notch summer beverage.

We’re looking forward to blending the same duo together as Ausitn’s “winter” rolls around (we get one of those, right?) and expect that exciting hot/cold sensation as we sip our Pink Doublemint hot tea. So, with our next Mashup just a week away, what new Zhi tea should we cook up? You name it, we’ll try it!

Monday Mashup: Cooling Jasmine Rose Tea


For today’s Monday Mashup, we opted for a refreshing floral combo of our fair trade organic Saigon Rose and Jasmine Green teas at a 1:1 ratio. In light of the 100º+ weather here in Austin, Texas, we made this mashup iced, and it was fantastic.

The premium tea blend is crisp and citrusy, with the lemongrass notes of Saigon Rose offering a palate-cleansing effect that’s truly perfect for summer. Golden in hue and bursting with flavor, Cooling Jasmine Rose can also be enjoyed as a delicious hot beverage, alone or with a hint of honey.

Cold steeping kits for hot summer days

While National Iced Tea Month (June) has melted away, there’s no time like summer to keep sipping on the most refreshing beverage around. As Austin, Texas natives, we know no scorching afternoon is complete without an icy glass of premium Zhi Tea by our side as we lounge by the pool or seek shelter indoors.

Plus, this month marks the 61st anniversary of Alice in Wonderland’s original film release, and we’re thinking that’s as good of an excuse as any to throw a very merry unbirthday tea party with all your favorite organic iced brews and best buddies. So find your best party hat, and nab Zhi Tea’s cold steeping kit while the summer’s still hot.

Today, we’re sipping iced Fredericksburg Peach tea from mason jars in that oh-so-Texas style, but we’ve got four other options when we’re all peached out. The cold steeping kits come with Classic Black, Hibiscus Mint, White Blueberry, and Cherry Sencha too; we just can’t get enough of those summery flavors – what about you?

Are You Serving the Same Boring Iced Tea as Every Other Restaurant?

Most restaurants don’t really give much thought to the iced tea that they serve. This is pretty surprising considering statistics show that it is the most ordered beverage for spring and summer. If you are brewing tea from large tea bags or using syrup varieties from a gun, you may want to consider offering your patrons a little higher quality product.

Most restaurant owners and managers are not even aware that you can order quality teas at a wholesale level, but you certainly can! You probably take great pride in offering an exceptional roast of coffee, especially to the breakfast crowd; don’t your tea drinkers deserve the same? After all, tea is quickly becoming the new coffee, as the vast majority of the population looks for easy ways to live a healthier lifestyle.

The Iced Tea You Serve Can the Key to Your Success

Competition is stiff these days. Sure, you have exceptional food and fantastic service, but is there a WOW factor that makes you stand out from others? Is your restaurant name being brought up in conversation around the water cooler or at yoga later or at the spa on the weekend? When your patrons appreciate that you offer a high quality iced tea, it will! What a powerful yet effortless marketing tool a simple beverage can be!