Fall Tea Time- Cocktail, Hot Toddy, and Matcha Mask. Oh my!
Blood Orange Blush
This vibrant red tea cocktail will delight your adult Halloween party-goers. It’s also so tasty and easy to whip up, you may want to serve it year round!
What you will need: two tsp Blood Orange Smoothie tea leaves (makes 1/2 cup tea concentrate); two tsp sugar, honey, or agave sweetener; 1/2 cup Gin; 1/2 cup Campari; 1 750-ml bottle chilled sparkling white wine, Champagne, Spumanti, or Prosecco.
To make the tea concentrate, take two tsp Blood Orange Smoothie tea leaves and steep in boiling water for six minutes. Strain out tea leaves, sweeten with two tsp of your chosen sweetener. Chill tea concentrate in the refrigerator or if you’re in a rush, pop in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Combine chilled tea concentrate with Gin and Campari. Divide tea/liquor mix among eight champagne flutes. Top off the flutes with chilled sparkling wine of choice. Makes: eight champagne flutes.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Hot Toddy
Announcing the newest member of The Tea Spot’s list, Pumpkin Spice Chai! In honor of this breathtaking fall season in Boulder, CO we’ve handcrafted a perfectly-balanced, very bold Assam tea base and rounded everything out with chai seasonings and just-right pumpkin flavor. This tea on it’s own will put you in the perfect fall mood, and this hot toddy recipe will warm you instantly from the inside.
What you will need (per serving): 1 heaping tsp Pumpkin Spice Chai tea; 1-2 tbs scotch or brandy of choice, to your taste; 1 heaping tbs sugar, honey, or agave sweetener; 1/2 cinnamon stick; 1 slice lemon; a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg.
In your infuser place the tea, scotch or brandy, sweetener, cinnamon, and lemon. Place in mug and pour over enough boiling water to fill each mug. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the infuser, and sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Enjoy!
DIY Matcha Green Tea Mask
I’ve been itching to try a homemade matcha mask for quite some time now, and am so glad I finally did! This diy mask is incredibly easy to put together and felt supremely natural and gentle on my skin. It also smells fantastic! I do love a good natural product, and as a bonus, it’s nice to know what I’m actually putting on my skin for a change,
What you will need: one tbs matcha green tea powder, 1 tsp organic coconut oil, water.
To make, mix your matcha into the coconut oil (which is widely held to offer an array of skin benefits: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and it’s a lovely natural moisturizer to boot). Add a few drops of water at a time, mixing well, until you have a smooth but still thick paste. Apply to your face and neck, enjoy some tea while you dry, perhaps scare a family member or two with your wicked green face, and gently remove with a warm wash cloth whenever you feel ready. While this will vary greatly by personal preference, I found this mask to be so gentle, it could be left on my very senstive skin for anywhere between 10-30 minutes.
*Easy hack!* You can certainly take just water and matcha to make an even simpler mask, however from our experience this can feel a bit “gritty” on your skin. The coconut oil here really helps smooth everything out into a lovely paste, so we highly recommend this recipe exactly as-is!
*Added bonus!* No Halloween costume inspiration this year? Toss on this mask while you pass out candy for an instant witch costume (er… at least your face will be scary). Local children will appreciate you and your skin will thank you!