Tea Blog

Grilling with Tea

grilling with teaThis Labor Day weekend, let tea be your muse!

Not only is your favorite beverage a drink staple at any gathering, but tea can also be turned to as an innovate way to elevate your entrees.

Consider these great recipes and tips from our friends at Tea Mag. We love the many ideas for rubs, smoking, and sauces.

While you relax this weekend, find Zhi on Facebook and Twitter! We’re also on Pinterest and Instagram. Tag us in your teatime tweets and pictures so that we can share in your holiday weekend memories too. Use our handle @zhitea and hastag #zhitea so we can connect.  Have a great weekend! -ZT

Zhi talks tea with Fresh Cup magazine

Every year, more and more customers are looking for higher quality tea. When Zhi was founded in 2007, specialty tea was just beginning. Today, two out of three homes have tea in their pantries (and we love when it’s Zhi tea ;)

But how does one start their relationship with tea?

In their article “Loving the Learning, “Fresh Cup magazine researched America’s growing tea culture and interviewed several tea retailers to talk about how to share tea education.

They found that while tea might be intimidating at first, simplicity and enthusiasm will be the shop owner’s tools to connect with their customers.

It’s Dr Oolong’s opinion that for beginning tea drinkers, experience trumps education. Do you agree?

Recipe Box: Strawberry Basil White Tea Smash

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Summer is in full swing!

Here at Zhi, we love the season’s fresh fruits and enjoy pairing them with our organic tea.

This beautiful berry infused tea will bliss out every summer get together. Once one sees how easy smashes are to make, they’ll quickly lead your menu planning for all your picnics and pool parties. Promise!

The recipe below makes a ½ gallon pitcher and can be enjoyed as a mocktail or cocktail.

 

Strawberry Basil White Tea Smash

5 minutes, makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons dry White Pomegranate  Zhi Tea

  • 4 cups hot water

  • 3 cups cold water

  • 1 pint strawberries

  • ¼ cup sugar or agave

  • basil leaves

  • ice

  • 8 oz vodka or gin*optional


Teaware:

  • wooden spoon

  • bowl

  • teapot or strainer

  • half gallon pitcher

  • cups


Directions:

  1. Fill half gallon pitcher with ice.

  2. Steep 4 tbs of dry White Pomegranate Tea in 4 cups of hot water for 3 minutes.

    • Be mindful of water temperature as to not scald the tea.

  3. Pour steeped tea into half gallon pitcher over ice.

  4. Add 3 cups of cold water to the pitcher.

  5. In a seperate bowl, use your wooden spoon to muddle sweetener, 1 cup strawberries, and 12 basil leaves.

  6. Pour strawberry smash into pitcher as well.

  7. Stir to mix.

  8. Taste. You can add more fruit, basil and sweeten further if you like.

  9. If you’d like to make it into a cocktail, add some vodka or gin.

  10. Now, your pitcher of iced tea is complete.

  11. Pour over cups filled with ice and enjoy!

  12. Garnish with strawberry fan.

Ceremony or convenience? Get both with Matcha!

Matcha_Green TeaNeed a healthy boost of energy to help you enjoy the season? Try matcha!

Matcha is a finely pulverized green tea from Japan. This green tea powder has been enjoyed ceremoniously in Japan for almost 1000 years. A staple in Japanese culture and history, matcha was reserved for the royal family, religious dignitaries and the honored Zen Buddhist monks who used matcha to enable their constant meditation.

Today, matcha is finally being enjoyed in the West as studies and experiences are proving it important for wellness and convenience. When one makes a cup of matcha to drink, there is no steeping involved. One is essentially dissolving the tea powder into hot water with a whisk and drinking the instant tea, leaves and all. Consider adding a scoop to your smoothie for a quick antioxidant rich pick-me-up!

Even though it takes only seconds to make a cup to drink, it takes a great deal of time to make the matcha itself. Tea plants typically take 10-15 years to mature. Then, to finely grind the powder, one must go incredibly slow lest the speed of the grinding create heat and oxidize the leaves. It can take up to an hour to grind only 30 grams of matcha!

Truly superior matcha should have brilliant color, superior umami, frothability, and incredible mouthfeel. There should be crema to the very last drop. Rest assured, Zhi’s matcha always has these qualities and is always certified organic.

While many tea companies are offering ‘matcha styled’ green tea, Zhi’s matcha is the real deal: sourced by an independent organic tea company in Japan whose family has been making matcha for three generations. Here’s a video showing just how easy it is to enjoy a shot of matcha today! Do you like matcha?

Happy National Iced Tea Month!

hibiscusmintteaBorn under the blazing Texas sun, Zhi Tea knows about heat. Founded in 2007,Austin’s premiere organic tea company has been helping their neighbors keep summer cool for years. Delicious and calorie free, iced tea is an intelligent and luxurious way to stay hydrated this season.

“June is National Iced Month. While we don’t ever need an ‘official’ reason to drink iced tea here at Zhi, it is a great time to encourage others to start thinking about safe and healthy ways to enjoy the summer,” says Lorien.

“Not only is iced tea refreshing and delicious, research suggests tea plays important roles in elevating mood, maintaining healthy weight and helping your body maintain healthy cells and tissues.  When one packs their bag for the beach, we hope there’s some amazing iced tea next to the sunblock, the frisbee and one’s favorite book.”

With almost 100 teas and a line of specially crafted cold steeping kits, your summer iced tea choices are endless. Indulge and hydrate the healthy way: with Zhi Tea!

Is your favorite tea an iced tea?