Tea Sangria

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Last week my friend and fellow tea nerd Emily came by to teach me how to make tea sangria. In May I ran a tea blending workshop at the Cambria Gallery in Toronto, and it was at this event I got to try tea sangria for the first time. Emily made this delicious and refreshing cocktail for the event and everyone loved it, and so I asked her to share the recipe with me and all of you.

We spent the rest of the afternoon on the balcony drinking our sangria and eating delicious doughnuts from Uncle Betty’s. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

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What you need:
50 grams (approximately 4 tbsp) We used Mango Fruit Punch from DAVIDsTEA, but you can use any fruity tea you like.
4-5 cups boiling water
1/4 cup honey (or any sweetener you prefer)
2-3 cups assorted frozen or fresh fruit (we used a frozen blend with strawberrys, pineapple, honeydew and mango.)
5-6oz Triple sec
Bottle of white wine (or red if you prefer)

  1. Add tea and water and honey to pitcher and let steep 5-7min
  2. While the tea is steeping place fruit in a bowl with Triple sec and place aside.
  3. Once the tea is done steeping remove the tea leaves. Add the fruit, Triple sec mix and wine to the pitcher.
  4. Top off with ice if you are serving right away, or place in the fridge to cool and serve later.
  5.  *Optional: Add a couple pieces of fruit to the bottom of each cup before pouring to ensure everyone gets some yummy fruit in their drink.

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Unboxing My First T By Daniel Order

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Recently T by Daniel had a sale on their website for 50% off loose leaf tea. They are located in Brampton, Ontario and I had never tried them before, but have heard great things; so I decided to give it a try. My haul arrived in the mail a couple of days ago, Ollie and I could not wait to get the box open.

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When I ordered, I received a very nice email from co-owner Renata (T by Daniel was started by husband and wife team Daniel and Renata Lewis), letting me know that due to the sale there was a large influx in online orders and that shipment may not be as quick as it usually is. This was understandable and I was happy to wait. Only 3 days later I got another email letting me know my order had shipped, and it was at my door the next day. I was very impressed with how quickly I received my tea.

 
When I opened the box the first thing I found was a handwritten note from the T by Daniel team thanking me for my order, such a nice touch! Sitting under that were some free samples of “Cherry Me Up!” “Chocolate Candy Cane” both Rooibos teas and “Chocolate Marteani” a black tea. Also in the box was a card with “5 reasons you should drink more tea” on one side and a coupon code for 10% off my next order on the other side.

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Another addition to the order was a to-go cup that you would receive when buying a drink in the store, with my new nickname “RoboCop Rachel” written at the bottom. All of these additions and details really showed off T by Daniels amazing customer service and fun personality.

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I generally do not drink a lot of flavoured teas, I try them now and then but usually find I am not blown away and prefer to drink straight teas. When browsing the T by Daniel website I quickly noticed that all except one black tea were flavoured teas, but some flavours sounded too good to be true, so I stayed open minded.

What I ordered:
“The Brits” This was the only tea available that was not flavoured. It is a mix of Assam black tea and Chinese black tea. This sounded like it would be right up my alley. This is a smooth tea, easy to drink, and would be great for adding milk to.

“Mr. Fuzzy Peach” Fuzzy peaches are my favorite candy so I had to give this one a try. A rooibos based tea with blackberry leaves, calendula petals and natural peach flavour. This is the first one of the bunch that I tried, I made a pitcher of iced tea as I prefer fruity teas when they are cold. Very tasty with a strong peach flavor, I made my tea without sugar as rooibos has a natural sweetness on its own and I do not like my tea sweet. If I had used sugar this would have definitely tasted more like the candy and would be a great treat for kids or candy loving adults.

“Strawberry Champagne” Oolong tea with safflower petals, strawberry and papaya pieces, and natural flavours. I love oolong tea and this one sounded like it would be a refreshing iced tea, can’t wait to try it.

“Ginger Fruit Loops” People have told me that this tea tastes exactly like froot loops, I had to try it out for myself. This is an herbal tea with lemongrass, ginger, and orange. I have not had a chance to try this one yet, but it does smell an awful lot like froot loops.

I was impressed both with the flavors of tea and with the appreciation that they show to their customers, I would definitely order from T by Daniel again when I am in the mood for some great flavored teas.