During the summer when our children were small, they were forever asking for soda's or other sugar laden drinks. Also they wanted to emulate us by having a cup of tea. Those of you who have inadvertently given your children drinks that may contain caffeine or large amounts of sugar know that these are hyperactive combinations. You also probably feel a little guilty thinking my child should be drinking something that is more healthy and not something that "wires them up." Well we formulated a "Kid's Tea."
We theorized that the Herb and Fruit teas are full of natural fruits which are very tasty and refreshing; there are significant amounts of Vitamin C and other essential nutrients in these dried fruits; they are caffeine free; .... so all we had to do was make a blend that was appealing to children's taste buds.
These teas can be enjoyed by children and adults alike - either hot or cold! A few tips:
do not sugar these teas excessively, there are natural sugars in the fruits which sweeten the brew when rehydrated
make popsicles from the Kid's Tea for your children to enjoy outside with their friends
let them pour their own drinks (outside of course!, they have to learn sometime) - the low cost of kid's tea (despite it's wonderful taste) makes a learning curve relatively inexpensive
in the evening after dinner they to can enjoy a warm beverage and you can enjoy a relatively peaceful moment as a family
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Hot tea brewing method: Place 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of Tutti Frutti - Kid's Tea per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into the teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes (or longer - the longer the steeping time to more intense the flavor becomes). Pour into your cup and add sugar to taste. Do not add milk - the milk will curdle due to the ingredients in this blend.
Cold tea brewing method: Do Not Pour Hot Liquid directly into a Glass Pitcher (makes 1 quart/liter) - Put 12-15 teaspoons of Tutti Frutti - Kid's Tea into a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5-7 minutes or longer. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the pitcher straining the ingredients. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. to the pitcher or pour over ice into a tall glass.
Cup Characteristics: Strawberry fruity, tending sweet with a slight tart character
Infusion: Tending pinkish
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
Firstly...we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic "Ceylon" tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade. We may pay more for high grown Ceylons, but the taste is worth it).
Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This "dual peak period" allows us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
Secondly...we use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in the liquid tea delicacy.
Thirdly...we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat "soft" and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.
Now you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor (or should we say flavor) knowing that we have formulated the best flavored teas that are available.
ZooScape is proud to be the exclusive distributor of TerraVita teas, herbs and supplements in the United States, Canada and around the world. Please direct all wholesale and bulk inquiries to 1-844-449-0444.
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