Festiv-e-teas

In an old Japanese tale, a poor peasant catches a badger. He puts the badger into his bag and starts walking home, to bring food to his family. But when he comes home and opens his bag, instead of a badger, he finds a teapot! “What shall I do with it? – cries the poor man, – I can’t cook it for dinner! Perhaps, I can take it to the monastery, and they’ll take pity on me and give me some food – at least, there will be something…”
He takes the teapot to the monastery, but, as the monks put it on fire to make tea, the teapot starts feeling the heat, grows badger legs, and runs away – back to the peasant. “I like you! – it says to the peasant,- You never hurt me by putting me on fire. Now it is my turn to do something for you. Take me to the marketplace, and I will dance. I can dance really well! I will entertain the people, and you’ll charge them money to see me.”

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This beautiful illustration is found on The Dancing Teapot by Darkvadorette
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The teapot danced as beautifully as it promised, the man made lots of money, and everybody lived happily ever after.

What makes me happy is making teas, real teas, from dried and fresh herbs, leaves, and other tasty ingredients.

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That’s exactly how I feel about it! Whether I am making hot tea (rarely), or ice tea (frequently), i want a combination of flavors rather than wet paper on a string!

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This delicious mix is based on African Rooibos, with ginger, fresh aloe and cinnamon, and sweetened by agave. Put all this into a teapot, pour boiling water over it, and let it steep for about five minutes. If you are in a mood for hot tea, enjoy yourselves. But if you really want your teapot to dance, together with you and your guests, have I got a surprise for you!
I am not a mixologist – my husband does that! – but I have invented this new drink and I am calling it Festiv-e-tea (Festivity). Hey, it’s my drink, I call it what I want!

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According to https://foodimentary.com/june-holidays, June is a National Ice Tea Month. So chill your healthy herbal tea, fill a tall glass with ice, pour one jigger of good rum (this is Rhum Barbancourt from Haiti, sweet and gentle) over ice, and fill the glass with tea. Now you can start dancing – Lehayim!

INGREDIENTS

1/4 dry African Roobois
1 inch grated ginger
1 inch fresh aloe stalk, squeezed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon agave or more, to taste
2 quarts boiling water
Good quality rum

PROCEDURE
Place all ingredients except rum into teapot, pour boiling water, cover, steep for 5 minutes. Drink hot or chill for ice tea.
To make Festive-e-tea, pour a jigger of tum over ice in tall glass, then fill the glass with chilled ice tea.
Enjoy!

 

 

52 Comments Add yours

  1. tidalscribe says:

    I make my tea with leaves in a tea pot – always hot! I never drank tea or coffee tillI was 15 and my mother said I would be a social outcast! Your brews sound lovely.

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    1. LOL In a way, your mother was right – kids and caffeine do not mix. Now you can enjoy both tea and coffee! Thank you for stopping by, dear friend!

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  2. gresshoppe says:

    For a magical drink! I will mix it))
    Thank you Dolly!

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    1. Cheers, dear Nonna – твое здоровье!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling.

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  3. 🙂 I love ice tea (So, I wouldn’t mind trying that recipe).

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    1. So nice of you to visit, Renard! Thank you for stopping by – cheers!

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  4. Nice combination of flavors. And of course, the addition of rum makes it even better! 🙂

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    1. It’s definitely very healthy, and good rum makes it even healthier! Thank you so much, Ronit – cheers! Labriyut!

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  5. purpleslob says:

    Well, you are certainly the entertainer!! The story was delightful as always. The tea sounds an interesting mix of flavors. I can’t drink tea of any kind, (with the exception of red zinger) because it makes me ill to smell it. But I will enjoy your enjoyment!

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    1. But you don’t drink alcohol either, right? So sorry, dear purple person, that you are missing out on some of life’s delights, but I am sure you have much that compensates for it, such as a caring husband and a lovely family. BTW, my grandkids love the tea, and it’s very healthy. That’s why we don’t mix rum into the pitcher, but only add it to adult glasses.

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      1. purpleslob says:

        I am a recovered alcoholic, so I had plenty of it. So much better now without it!!
        that’s great that your grands love it!

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      2. Thank you, dear purple person! I haven’t visited your wacky territory for a while, and I apologize. I’ve been drastically running out of time (isn’t it funny how time seems to shrink when you are retired?), and I like to enjoy your posts at leisure.

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      3. purpleslob says:

        No worries!! Next Monday will have at least 1 cat meme!

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      4. Next Monday I’ll be in Las Vegas (leaving tomorrow) for a conference, but I’ll try to grab a few minutes of computer time to catch some cats on your site, Melinda!

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      5. Still in Vegas, sitting in airport, plane late. Eventually we’ll get home, I am sure.

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      6. purpleslob says:

        Oh no!! Hopefully soon!

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      7. Just got home, exhausted. Cats were on their best! behavior

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      8. purpleslob says:

        Rest!! Yay!!

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  6. bingingonabudget says:

    Love this post, what’s your favorite kind of tea?

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    1. Anything that has ginger and/or mint in it; sometimes chamomile, when I can get dried flowers. My husband loves cranberries, so I usually dry a bag and add them, as well.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, darling!

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  7. This not only sounds so good, it’s bound to be good for you! Ginger and ale are so good for the tummy.

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  8. This not only sounds so good, it’s bound to be good for you! Ginger and aloe are so good for the tummy.

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    1. With a tot of good rum, it’s not only healthy, but also cheerful – cheers, dear Laura!

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      1. 🤗 lol I like how you think!

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      2. 😻 Hey, great minds think alike!

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  9. missimontana says:

    Lovely post. I love how you tell stories with your recipies. It’s so much more interesting than a recipie alone.

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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  10. randyjw says:

    Ooh… That sounds so good, right about now… 😻

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    1. I wish I could send it to you, dear Rachel… Shabbat Shalom!

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  11. A tea to give you more than just an afternoon lift!

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    1. That’s for sure! Thank you for stopping by, dear Mimi!

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    1. Thank you, darling! With a nice tot of rum, many things become magical – cheers!

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  12. Sorry, have to comment first, then reblog and like. 😉 Wp.com the ghostery company. Lol
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    You really put rum into the ice tea? Cool 😉 Great recipe, indeed! Thank you so much, and have a beautiful weekend! Michael
    Next Wednesday we will get near 40 degrees (c).

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    1. I really do put rum into almost everything I bake, as well as into drinks – makes life fun, Michael!
      Next Wednesday we will be on the way to Las Vegas, where it’s even hotter.
      Have a great weekend!

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      1. Have a great weekend too, Dolly! Shabbat Shalom! Have a nice stay at Vegas. Michael

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      2. Thank you so much, Michael!

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  13. lghiggins says:

    I love how you are not afraid to try out new combinations. I guess you have a good feel for what will taste good together. Do you ever have any flops?

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    1. Everybody has flops, and I am no exception, but generally I don’t have that many. I guess I do have the feel, developed by years of practice.

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  14. oldpoet56 says:

    Very good Dolly, I am going to reblog this one for you. I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ted! I hope you are well. Many blessings to you and yours!

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  15. I love tea, it does not matter hot or cold (ice tea). Your attempt to try out new combinations is cool,

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Rozina!

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