Tea Time

by Holly on December 9, 2010

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Around this time every year, I take a deep, introspective look inside my Everythingtarian soul and ask it one question:

Why the hell have I chosen to live in Wisconsin?

It’s cold.

I constantly have to scrape ice off my car windshield.

It’s cold.

My car takes 20 minutes to fully warm up.

Did I mention it’s cold?

I mean, I live in a free country. Nobody is telling me I can’t run off to Hawaii and open my own smoothie bar on the beach or hop on a Puerto Rican-bound plane tonight and be lazing on the beach by morning. If I was really daring, I could even find myself a Mexican drug lord lover, move to San Diego and make illicit trips across the border into Tijuana.

Hey, at least I’d be warm.

But I won’t.

Because as much as I curse my mile-long walks to work in the winter, I know just how satisfying it is to go skating for hours at an outdoor rink with friends, come home with frozen toes you can barely feel and thaw out with a soothing, warm beverage.

While you know I love coffee, I find hot tea to be the ultimate cure for the winter cold.

Here are five of my favorites (in random order):

Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea

Devoid of the bitterness I find in a lot of green teas, this is light, citrusy and has a natural sweetness to it I love. Plus, did you know lemongrass is an anti-fungal and has been shown to kill cancer cells? Hello, antioxidants!

If you are under the weather, I find this tea pairs especially well with a vitamin-boosting dose of Tangerine Emergen-C. It ALMOST tastes like Tang. I say almost because let’s be real, nothing tastes as good as Tang.

Republic of Tea Hot Apple Cider Tea

This herbal blend is caffeine-free and made with a spiced mixture of apples, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Whenever I get home from work, you can often find me sprawled out on my bed, procrastinating going to the gym and drinking a cup of this lovely tea.

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane

I am obsessed with this tea. In fact, during those precious winter months when I can actually find it at the grocery store, I go through at least a box a week. Decaf green tea is mixed with peppermint and hints of vanilla and cinnamon for a rich-tasting tea that is completely devoid of artificial flavors and preservatives. I. Love. It.

Tazo Orange Blossom Full Leaf Tea

On those rare days I don’t want coffee or more realistically, when I’ve had 4+ cups of coffee and can’t let myself drink anymore, my customary Starbucks order has become a venti Orange Blossom Tea with 2 pumps of raspberry syrup. Inspired by Mama E’s signature drink (a venti Zen Green Tea with 2 pumps of raspberry), this jasmine green tea is flowery, citrusy and downright delish.

Maple Tea

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got maple tea. This past summer, I traversed the Canadian Rockies with Susan, who introduced me to the wide world of maple. While I thoroughly enjoyed the maple tea, maple syrup, maple butter and maple sugar, it was the tea that stole my heart.

There you have it.

Five delicious teas to sip when the freezing, cold, icy, frosty, cool, bitter, biting weather has got you down. They’re much cheaper than a trans-Pacific Hawaiian flight and much less risky than spending a night in a sketchy Tijuana jail with the possibility of contracting a bacterial (or venereal) disease from your Mexican drug lord lover.

Now, I dig deep into my Everythingtarian soul and ask: am I right or am I right?

Are you a tea drinker? Coffee drinker? Water drinker? Any favorites? Sharing is caring!

{ 44 comments }

katie December 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

i wish i liked tea!! share some of that tea likeness towards me!

Lauren December 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I hate the cold!!!! The only thing that is keeping me alive right now is hot tea and soup.

Jessica December 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Republic of tea hot apple cider tea sounds fab!! I’ll have to look for it since it sounds just like my usual go-to good earth sweet and spicy! Yuum, had some TODAY!

I also have that candy cane lane stocked in the soror room too! It tastes like your classic mint tea, but better!

Ps! Talking with you tonight was so fun! Made my day of studying 100 X better! And your hair–so fab, so fly, so YOU! Lots of love sistaaaa! xoxoxox

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I do love tea at night in the wintertime. It slows me down, makes me sleepy, and warms me from head to toe!!!

Solveig December 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading along for awhile now (I know…creeper! hehe) but never commented. I love your posts; entertaining and reflective! Well, I’m from northern MN (though I’m in MA right now for college) and so I totally understand the whole love/hate with the cold! And I love the Candy Cane Lane tea! Yum! So anyways…keep up the awesome work!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I’m digging your idea about Tijuana and the drug lord bf. According to the show Weeds, it leads to a pretty nice life of not really working and a constant tan with a little comic relief here and there…

I love Candy Cane Lane, too! I may or may not be overdosing on it in efforts to keep warm at night.

Kim December 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Loved this post! I am a tea lover as well. I have been looking for Candy Cane Lane lately but haven’t seen it anywhere… I will have to look more extensively this weekend!

By the way, I am from PA but live in San Diego… I walked on the beach this morning, following dolphins that were swimming near the coast. It was totally awesome.

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I am a tea, coffee and water drinker! I probably have 1-2 cups of coffee a day, 2-3 cups of tea (love the stuff when it’s chilly out!) and at least 8-10 cups of water. So much liquid flowing through my body.

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) December 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

in the winter i am ALL about tea!! my fave is raspberry rose. it smells and tastes divine :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm

let’s be real, nothing tastes as good as Tang = YOU ARE RIGHT!

Hey, I live in San Diego about 10 mins from the border. We can be to TJ in under 15 mins. It’s really not that bad and Rosarito is just another half hour and is tons of fun! We should go.

I just noticed a commenter two above me lives in San Diego, too!

See you have lots of San diego friends and readers :)

Alex @ IEatAsphalt December 9, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Tea has always been a night time thing for me. Coffee with breakfast, but definitely a hot cup of tea after a long day. Trader Joe’s has an amazing peppermint green tea out that I’m in love with. That and peppermint hot chocolate, because sometimes a girl just needs liquid heaven.

susan December 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Yes to coffee, yes to tea, yes to water!

Right now I’m really digging tj’s cinnamon and vanilla black tea. That plus a snickerdoodle makes my morning snack a dream!

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries December 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Today I tried Twining’s pumpkin spice chai tea… AMAZING. Especially with pumpkin spice creamer :)

Kailey (SnackFace) December 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I love tea and coffee! All day urr’ day! TJ’s vanilla cinnamon black tea is rocking my world right now!

Also, you have an email coming your way.. probs tomorrow! :)

Alison December 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

MMM I love tea too. Just sipped bigelow apple cider. My most favorite is green walnut by the tea guys (Tease) and then their coconut truffle (I add light coconut milk). I used to reall like harney & sons cinnamon tea (strong and sweet) but with my new asthma it makes me want to cough just thinking about it. I’ve been slurping up a LOT of tea lately :)

Alison December 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

oh and I LOVE big train vanilla chai but it is far from calorie free :) I buy it on amazon subscription. MMMM

Jenna December 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

not a huge fan of tea to be honest! but i am a NEW coffee drinker and now obsessed with it!

amanda December 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm

that window makes me feel cold! yikes. it’s cold in pennsylvania, too. so i feel your pain. i think it’s 14 degrees out there right now. inhumane. {secretly i love it}

what yummy looking teas. especially that apple cider one. i’ll have to get my hands on it. i love teas. even though i’m more of a coffee drinker. there is the most darling place in manhattan-alice’s tea cup. they have some of the best teas my lips have ever met.

Erica December 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I hate hate hate the cold. It was like 75% of the reason we started to look at moving to Charleston. Unfortunately, its a little on the pretty chilly side here right now too(although I’ve seen the temps up there and I don’t think we can complain). I wish I were a tea fan. I love coffee.

Katie December 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I grew up in WI and every winter swore I would leave as soon as I could. And I did. But, I may be heading back…something about that place, I tell you.

Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. Trust me, you won’t look back. (Though I supplement it with others also…Candy Cane Lane, of course.)

Erica D December 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Go to Tijuana, but just don’t become a Nancy Botman. Or a Marissa Cooper. Those characters never drank as much tea as they should have.

Adam December 10, 2010 at 1:19 am

I love Celestial Seasonings. You should stop by the factory the next time you visit your sis, it is right outside of Boulder (very cool). I am psyched that you are into Tom’s shoes… They look so comfortable, i am thinking about buying them for my dad 2 so that my whole family has a pair this xmas. I want to go ice skating! Is it an indoor or outdoor rink? Lucky…

Adam December 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

annnd i just realized that i already knew it was an outdoor, and on that note… i need sleep.

sophia December 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

Sharing is caring, indeed. Care to share your company down here in sunny L.A., Holly? ;-) I have no idea why anyone would want to live in Wisconsin. I guess at least it’s not Wyoming?

I’m a coffee drinker in the morning, and then tea drinker throughout the evening and night when it’s cold, in between gulps of diet soda.

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes December 10, 2010 at 5:59 am

If you love coffee and tea, I mean if you really love coffe and tea you’ll love this song by Manhatten Transfer called Java Jive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pULXnVTRynY

Cyndie December 10, 2010 at 6:30 am

I drink errrything…I’m a beverage queen.

You can usually find me with a cup of coffee, tea, water, and diet coke. At the same time. I just like options.

Love that Candy Cane Lane tea! I’m now on the search for Maple Tea…

sofia December 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

what a lovely post. it is 23 degrees in nyc today and i needed to read this :) heh heh. i am all about the yogi brand of tea – i love their ginger tea, along with the echinacea tea when i’m sick, and everything else. each bag has cute little quotes on the paper piece that’s attached to the string. what is that thing called, anyway? is their a name for it? bah. too many questions for 8am. happy friday lady!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 10, 2010 at 7:05 am

Tea is my beverage of choice as well. I’m sipping a mug as I type. And I have NEVER been able to find Candy Cane Lane or Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I’m going on an all-out hunt once I get back to PA…

Katie December 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

I start cursing CO in the last few months of winter, too…I feel ya.

I do like tea, but not in the morning. Which is weird, I know. Tea before bed is one of my favorite things, as is warming up with a hot mug of vanilla rooibos.

samantha December 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

Literally mid-way drinking a Tangerine Emergen-C right now! Glad to see the love has spread.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners December 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

it looks freezing! we ARE going to HI next week. You’re welcome to come with.

garet December 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

I do love a good tea, and with your recommendation, I might try the Candy Cane Lane. I’ve only recently set aside my herbal prejudices enough to try chamomile—and surprise!—it’s fantastic. When you’ve gone through a pot of green at work, it’s nice to unwind with something that won’t just get you tweakin’ all over again.

garet December 10, 2010 at 11:21 am

Also, your gt + lemongrass + Emergen-C formula sounds brilliant!

Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! December 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

I am a tea person through and through. At the moment, I love Vanilla Chai, Vanilla Caramel, Vanilla Hazelnut…really anything with vanilla! I always add a splash of almond milk, and it’s just perfect. Stay warm!

Megan (Braise the Roof) December 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I didn’t know that lemongrass is an anti-fungal! How did I not know that?? My sister is obsessed with the anti-fungal thing and likes to treat me to lengthy orations on the subject- you’d think this would have come up!

Nichole (Flirting with Food, Fitness & Fashion) December 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I love tea in the winter! I have been brewing green tea in the morning and in the evening. I love wisconsin as well. It would be too hard leaving my family :)

janetha. December 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

that’s it. i have to make a light box. those photos are unreal!

Sarah December 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Love love LOVE tea! I’ll have to hunt down the lemongrass since it sounds divine. Allergic to Emergen-C, though : (

dana @ my little celebration December 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

First off: recommendation: blue people tea. It’s a black tea (I think) that has a distinct sweetness and depth to it that I just “ooh and ahh” over every time I drink it. It’s by far my favorite.

Yes, I’m a water, coffee, tea drinker. In that order : )

Mihaila December 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I agree with you 110% that tang is nothing less then phenomenal. :p My winter/ cold weather drink would definitely be hot tang, or hot cider. So good
-Mihaila

Pure2Raw Twins December 10, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I admire people who can live so north because of how cold it gets! I am not sure if I could ever do that… NC is just north enough for me ;) LOL

I am more of a coffee drinker than tea. Not too many teas that I like and I am not sure why… I guess I just like the taste of coffee ;)

~Lori

Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 10, 2010 at 8:09 pm

You could just call me a drunk…..because I love drinking everything. Tea, water, coffee, cider, beer, a whiskey and coke, you name it, I love it.

You may just want to call me a drinker because ‘drunk’ has a certain connotation that I feel is misunderstood.

courtney December 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I just tried Candy Cane Lane Tea and It is absolutley amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

elise December 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

why the eff ARE you in wisconsin. dude. move to santa monica. now. i went running in shorts and a t-shirt yesterday. sorry to brag, but if it gets you here, then its worth it.

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