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Kombucha Tea

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is brewing in the Local Tea Company Carriage House at Selby Gardens.  I want to share with you my recent experiences with a fascinating TEA called Kombucha.  While we do not sell this tea, or really any of the accessories other than our loose leaf tea, Kombucha is part of my tea journey.

I have been buying and drinking a store-bought Kombucha for some time. It is quite expensive to drink in the quantities I would like to enjoy, so I wanted to make my own. I have lots of fabulous tea available, so what’s to stop me from making my own, right?

Not quite so straightforward.

Let’s look at some background about the tea and what you need to start up your own little Kombucha factory!

Kombucha History

I read some interesting information during my research. Like Camellia, there are different stories about when it was first discovered, but all agree Kombucha has been used as an elixir in eastern lands for centuries. One record goes back to 447AD when a Korean physician named KOMBU successfully treated a Japanese nobleman with the elixir.kombucha fermenting in a glass jar as part of a tea blog post from Local Tea Company in Sarasota, Florida

From here, the elixir became popular in Manchuria (you may see it referred to as Manchurian tea) and then Russia.
The name is derived from Kombu, the physician, and Cha, the eastern name for tea!

Fermentation

Kombucha is a FERMENTED tea made using a colony of bacteria and yeast, commonly called a ‘mushroom.’ A correct term is SCOBY, a ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.’

During fermentation, sugar is broken down by yeast and converted into CO2, various acids, and compounds that give the beverage a very unusual and characteristic flavor.

Health Benefits

One of my main reasons for wanting to drink more Kombucha is, of course, for the health benefits. I have always felt it brought balance to my digestive system, but it seems there are many more great benefits. On a site ‘Benefits of Kombucha,’ there were 56 listed! It seems the main ones relate to digestion, acid reflux, and weight loss, more energy in the morning, better sleep, post-workout recovery, reduction in the severity of hangovers, helping skin and skin tone.

Whether you believe all of this or not doesn’t mean Kombucha is not good for you, and besides, it is so much fun!

How to get started?

Firstly you will need a ‘SCOBY’ or mother culture. A Kombucha maker gave me one, and I am also trying to start another from a bottle of the store Kombucha (more on that in a future blog!)

Sterile conditions are a must, both hands, and utensils.

  1. A 1-gallon glass container
  2. 6 teaspoons of LCT loose tea. We have a batch of Pu-erh fermenting and also a Chunmee taipan.
  3. 4 liters filtered water
  4. 320g refined sugar
  5. 400ml of finished Kombucha. I had this given with my culture, but you could try using some bottled Kombucha as I am trying.

Kombucha Recipe

Boil water and dissolve sugar. Brew tea for 15 mins and cool to room temp before adding the culture. If tea is too hot, the culture will die.

Cover with a paper towel, fine mesh cloth, fasten with an elastic band to prevent flies, etc.

Keep out of direct sunlight but warm. 74-80 degrees is best. Do not move around.

When ready, the liquid is drained into clean bottles with airtight tops and mature for 5 days. This creates more effervescence in the beverage. Keep in a cool place.

Don’t forget to save some finished Kombucha for your next batch or to store your culture. The culture will have grown a baby and can be split at this stage to start another batch.

So there you have it. Please understand at this stage; I am a complete novice! I will keep you posted on progress as I aim to become really good at this, and hopefully, we can all learn together.

There are many informative sites on the web. I thought getkombucha.com and harmonichealth.com were good, but you may find others you like.

Watch this space for more Kombucha news, and do keep us posted if you are learning with us or are already an expert.

Cheers,
the Tealady

More Bertha Palmer

More Bertha Palmer

Bertha Honore Palmer.  I hope you may already have taken advantage of the discount being offered this month on Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea at our redesigned web site, Local Tea Co.  If not, perhaps I can convince you otherwise by sharing a few details of Bertha’s tea ingredients.

Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea

I love the taste of the herbs, perfectly blended with Rooibos tea.  But until I really researched them all that, I realized what an amazing combination and marriage they are.

Fennel

(Foeniculum vulgare) is a member of the carrot family.  The plant is tall and statuesque (Bertha!) with large glossy stems and light, feathery leaves. It blooms small yellow flowers that yield greenish-brown seeds with a licorice flavor.  Fennel is renowned for digestive disorders since it stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes, calms the digestive tract, prevents spasms, and improves the absorption of nutrients. That is just for starters! Some other benefits are fluid retention, gum disorders, diuretic properties, which help fight urinary tract infections, and strength. It contains calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, selenium, and Vitamins A, C, and E.

Licorice

(Glycyrrhiza glabra) A woody perennial which has a bright green stem and dark green oval leaves.  The flowers are shaped like peas.  The big taproot with long branch roots can spread to 3 feet.  Licorice is a tonic boost for the adrenal glands.  It produces our ‘fight or flight’ hormones to help cope with stress. Glycyrrhizin has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory value, so it eases and soothes the respiratory tract and arthritic pain.  Licorice also helps in the stomach department, soothing indigestion and reducing acid secretions.  It contains Iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, lecithin, calcium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E.

Lemon Verbena

Lippia citriodora) is an aromatic shrub with pale green leaves and pale purple flowers. It eases spasms, settles the stomach, fights indigestion and flatulence, reduces fevers, and is a stimulant for the skin. Lemon Verbena is excellent for flavor and synergy.

Cinnamon

(Cinnamon cassia) is a warm spice with a sweet, calming nature good for colds and chills, but antiseptic abilities will also help fight bacteria, viruses, fungal, and yeast infections. This is a powerful ingredient to have in any blend.

Peppermint

(Mentha piperita) There are more than 210 species of this aromatic plant, which will invigorate with one cut leaf. Menthol has an anesthetic effect on the stomach’s nerve endings, helping with nausea, seasickness, and pains in the abdomen.  Peppermint will calm you all over!

All these beautiful herbs are blended with Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis), which is also an anti-spasmodic (and used in South Africa to soothe colic in children), along with essential daily minerals and vitamins too.

At Local Tea Company, we believe Rooibos is a cure to all ailments and feel that this formidable woman, Bertha Honore Palmer, would have been a huge fan of this perfectly blended, soothing tea.

Take a break and try some Bertha Palmer Centennial Tea and check out our Facebook page for more updated details of our Local Tea Journey activities.  Here is a post about Five Reasons you will Love Rooibos Tea.

Cheers,
the TeaLady

Caffeine-Free Tisanes or Infusions

Caffeine-Free Tisanes or Infusions

In our last blog post (Caffeine in Tea), we talk about caffeine and my opinion regarding the benefits of drinking tea with caffeine. I have learned from listening and talking to many visitors at Selby Gardens and the Sarasota Farmer’s Market.  Some people can’t drink caffeine, perhaps because of medications (therefore doctor’s instructions) or just a simple intolerance in the body.

So, where does that leave us?

Decaf or caffeine-free tisanes

At Local Tea Company, we have many fruit and/or herbal infusions or Tisanes to choose from. There is no excuse for not drinking great caffeine-free tea these days.

Selby Select Rooibos from Local Coffee + Tea

Notice I said CAFFEINE-FREE, not de-caffeinated. Because there is no ‘true tea’ made from Camellia sinensis, there is no caffeine to be removed.  De-caffeinated tea must go through a process to remove the caffeine that naturally occurs in tea leaves.   And no method removes 100% of the caffeine, so the beverage still has up to 5% caffeine content.

I try to stay away from the process of removing caffeine from tea for two reasons.  The flavor suffers, and the health benefits are reduced.

The two traditional methods to decaffeinate tea use either ethyl acetate or carbon dioxide.  Both are a ‘wet process,’ so the dry leaves are moistened.  The wet leaves are then rinsed with ethyl acetate and dried, or under high pressure with carbon dioxide and evaporated.  Upon drying, the flavor is reabsorbed into the leaves.

Rooibos

There is still uncertainty about how these methods alter the polyphenols and the antioxidant properties in tea.  Above all, the health benefits have been compromised, and I seek teas with maximum health advantages.  So, I turn to botanicals, herbal or fruit infusions, also referred to as tisanes.

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a bush from the Western Cape province of South Africa.  Rooibos has an impressive list of vitamins and minerals and is therefore packed with anti-oxidants.  I like to say Rooibos works against ATB or ‘all things bad.’  Great hot or iced, I enjoy Rooibos in the late afternoon or evenings.

Local Tea Company carries 8 unique Rooibos teas and is our most popular category.  Selby Select is our ‘home tea’, and we have added an Organic Red Rooibos and an herbal Rooibos to celebrate Bertha Palmer, a pioneering Sarasota woman.

Chocolate Honeybush from Local Coffee + Tea

Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) is a definite favorite at Local Tea Co., especially for evening time. This tea is very soothing and calming with a unique cedar or sandalwood flavor.  Also, Chocolate Honeybush is a great option to satisfy the after-meal cravings for something sweet.

After that, there are the fruit infusions or caffeine-free tisanes like Peach ParadiseOrganic Red Berries, or Mote Beach Tea (created to honor Mote Laboratories here in Sarasota), Vibrant and refreshing beverages all, especially iced.  Excellent alternatives to sodas or other sweet beverages, especially for children.

Herbs like Egyptian Chamomile, the best-loved sleepy tea, Ginger Root, the world’s most used spice, or my personal favorite, Hibiscus.  See why in a blog post from last summer.

Herbals

In conclusion, there really is a tea for all occasions and personal tastes. Try blending your very own caffeine-free tisanes with some of these amazing teas. If you discover a winner be sure to let us know so we can share!

Cheers,
The TeaLady

Also, follow us on Facebook at Local Tea Journey

Name That Tea

Name That Tea

Local Tea Company has created a new Green Tea, and we are asking for your help with the name.

Name That Tea

Try a sample of this delicious sencha–style loose leaf green tea with cherry blossoms & rose petals, then let us know how much you like the tea and what you think we should call the brew.

The prize is unbelievable, but no details are available at this time.  You can submit entries at our Tea Tasting Room at Selby Gardens, at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, or our Facebook Page “Local Coffee + Tea—Tea Journey.”

Entries will be accepted through March 31st, and the winning name will be announced on April 1st.

Thanks for playing!

md

Local Tea Company

Local Tea Company promotes local products and services, protects local environments, and celebrates local treasures. Great things start at the local level.  Therefore, it is no surprise our motto is “Sip Locally.”

Three times more money is injected into the local economy when people buy from local businesses rather than national chains.  Local businesses put their money back into the local economy.  Above all, both employees and vendors contribute to a cycle of support that strengthens a community.  Sip Locally.

Our locally inspired, loose leaf teas celebrate Sarasota.  For example, our most popular tea, Selby Select, is inspired by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  In addition, Selby was our home base from 2007 until 2016.  We have created teas celebrating other parts of Selby Gardens, including our Little Monkey Fruit Tea and our Secret Garden Green Tea.

Sip Locally

Other locally inspired loose leaf teas include…

We created a tea for the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Meyers.  You will love the sweetness of our Edison Ford Fruit Tea.  Local Tea Company organized the Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas.  We are working on more clever creations of loose leaf tea blends.

Join us in practicing “Sip Locally” throughout our community.  We love Sarasota, and we love sharing our community with the many visitors we meet every day.  In conclusion, we appreciate all the support, and we will continue working hard to contribute to our local community.

Cold Brewing Loose Leaf Tea

Cold Brewing Loose Leaf Tea

Cold Brewing Loose Leaf Tea.  In Florida, we never really experience the depth of winter weather that the rest of the US must endure. Consequently, we continue drinking iced tea all year round. According to the USA Tea Council, 85% of Americans choose to drink their tea iced, so there is still much-iced tea drunk this time of year.

As Hot Tea month comes to an end, I want to share a great way to make iced tea that works really well for us at Local Tea Company. We think you will love it too.

Cold brewing loose leaf tea is simple and yields consistent results with little effort involved. This method of brewing is for true teas. It may work for some herbals, but our experience is not a suitable method for making iced Rooibos as this requires hot water to release flavor.

Jasmine Green tea makes a wonderfully floral iced tea.

Please do not limit yourself to a particular tea: we cold brew black, oolong, green and white tea with equally good results. You may be surprised at an Earl Grey, and even our Lapsang Souchong is excellent cold brewed.

Cold Brewing Tea

Let’s get started.

  1. Good water always makes a difference. If your local water is heavily contaminated with chlorine, this will affect the final taste. Choose filtered water for the best results.
  2. Quality loose leaf tea will give you the best taste, but this is also a good way to use tea bags you have had in your pantry for too long. Life is too short to drink lousy tea, so mix and match and use it!
  3. Next, you will need some T Sacs. Put your tea in the T SAC, but don’t pack it too full to allow room for infusion and flavor to release. Use a second T SAC rather than overpacking. A tea maker such as the Timolina or Magic Filter works exceptionally well.
  4. The quantity of tea will depend on your personal preference but as a guide. We use 30gm or around 1 oz of tea per gallon. This works out to a teaspoon for 8-10oz of water if you are making a smaller quantity. We suggest you try different measurements and times to achieve the taste you like the best.
  5. Fill a sealed container with cold water and place the T sac with the tea in cold water, and then straight into the refrigerator for a period of 10-18 hours or longer. The tea will be deeper in color and flavor if infused for a longer time. Take the tea out of the water after 24 hours as we have found leaving the tea in the container will cause the tea to spoil faster.

Slow and Gentle

This slow, gentle process results in a much smoother, naturally clear, clean, and sweet-tasting tea that will last for 3 days. Do not be tempted to keep your tea too long and risk the possibility of spoilage. We are confident this is unlikely to happen as you will love the taste so much you will want to drink more!

Make up a gallon right now, and enjoy it tomorrow.

And in our Newsletter #4 Why Loose Leaf Tea is Better, we share a story from a customer who steeps her tea three times, two times using this Cold Brew method, and then uses hot water for the last steep.

Cheers,
the Tealady

Celebrating Sarasota

Celebrating Sarasota

We completed our collection of teas celebrating the crown jewels of Sarasota. Check out our Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas. The line up includes Selby Select, Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea, Mote Beach Tea, and Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea. >> We have since replaced the Mote with Siesta Tea.

All four teas are naturally caffeine-free, packed in distinctively colored resealable bags to maximize freshness, and most importantly, they are DELICIOUS.  Here is a post about Five Reasons you will Love Rooibos Tea.

Celebrating Sarasota

Here are the details, along with slogans.  We laughed at writing them.  The overall idea is – Sarasota, That’s My Cuppa Tea.

Selby Gardens

Selby Select – Juicy orange peels and yogurt pieces blended with rooibos for a dreamsicle finish. Created to honor Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a tropical oasis of orchids and other epiphytes. “Selby Select, because you can’t steep an orchid.”

Ringling Museum

Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea – Rose petals and cherry blossoms infused in rooibos bursting with flavor. Mable Ringling created her beloved rose garden before starting on Ca d’Zan, the one of a kind estate at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.  We pay tribute with this tea to this mysterious woman. “Mable’s Rose Rooibos Tea, if you liked John’s house, you’ll love Mable’s tea.”

Mote Aquarium

Mote Beach Tea – an exotic mix of fruits and herbs including rosehips, apple, hibiscus, pineapple, and coconut for a tropical infusion. Created in honor of the research conducted at the Mote Marine Laboratory. “Mote Beach Tea, so delicious you’ll be jumping with our dolphins.”

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea – a rooibos with red and black currants for an amethyst inspired brew. This season marks the 40th year of fabulous performances at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, our gem by the bay. “Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea is one hot act that’s also great iced.”

At Local Tea Company, our motto is ‘Sip Locally.’  We are committed to three core principles; promoting local businesses, protecting local environments, and celebrating local treasures.  In conclusion, visit Local Coffee + Tea at Siesta Key Village, Selby Gardens, and every Saturday at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Sarasota.

Support your local treasures and celebrate Sarasota, one cup at a time.

md

America’s Only Tea Plantation

America’s Only Tea Plantation

Last month I vacationed in South Carolina and visited an American Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. It was a brilliant visit.  My family joined, and all agreed, it was one of the highlights of our trip.

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After leaving Charleston, we approached the Charleston Tea Plantation, on tree lined roads dripping with Spanish moss.  I felt as though we were entering some bygone time and era. An unassuming plantation gateway leads to a welcome centre lined with rocking chairs, an abundance of butterflies, and absolute quiet.

Breathtaking!

The entrance led us to the gift shop (of course) for some iced tea (delicious!) and to browse tea gifts before we walked through the factory area. TV screens explained how the machines process the tea, taking only 20 hours from bush to finish!

A withering bed removes 12% moisture from the fresh leaves. A rotovane machine tears and ruptures the tea leaf exposing millions of cells to the air and starting the enzymatic process. The oxidations process now begins.

Black tea is oxidized for only 50 minutes and oolong for 15 minutes. Green tea is lightly steamed and dried only, with no oxidation occurring. Each batch of tea leaves dries for 25 minutes, sealing in each type of tea properties.

Finally, all the teas are graded, removing any unwanted stalks, or off bits. That completes the miracle process, which is all done by one man!

Camelia Sinensis

Next, the trolley bus took us out onto the plantation of 127 acres. All the 150,000 bushes are Camelia sinensis varietals, which originated in China and India. The heat, humidity, well-drained sandy soil, and 75 days of rainfall provide ideal growing conditions from April through September. Spring sees the first flush of leaves, and harvest begins with 3-5 inches of new growth. Every bush will yield 7 to 10 cutting each season, with new growth taking from 14-20 days depending on weather conditions.

The plantation has a custom-designed harvester called the “Green Giant.” This machine and one man can harvest fields, which would take 500 manual workers to pick.

Cuttings are taken from selected varieties, which take 6-12 months to develop mature roots. After planting, it will take up to 4 years to mature. No pesticides are ever used in the plantation, and the plants all looked so healthy and well cared for!

Tea on the Front Porch

After the trolley ride, we sat on the porch and chatted with Bill Fernandez, founder of the plantation and a 3rd generation tea taster! He has 42 years of experience in the tea industry and is one of only 28 professionals in the USA.

We really started to connect when discovering his grandfather was from Yorkshire. After that, his Canadian/American accent with hints of time spent in London soon reverted to those roots, and we had a blast!  Needless to say, he drinks only the freshest tea.

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It was very special to see Camellia sinensis growing, to see and touch tea leaves. In short, I may never get the chance to visit China, India, or Sri Lanka, so this experience will always remain with me and add another special dimension to my personal tea journey.

In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed this whistle-stop tour through the Charleston Tea Plantation.  Moreover, I hope you too will visit and celebrate this most amazing of local treasures.

Cheers,
the tealady

Think out of the Bag

Think out of the Bag

You may have noticed our new mantra, “THINK OUT OF THE BAG.” We have tried it on for a few weeks and think it may be time to provide some details about what we are trying to do at Local Tea Company.

During the course of a typical week, we sample teas to many visitors at Selby Gardens and the Downtown Farmer’s Market here in Sarasota. We talk tea and find many tea drinkers thrilled to engage us with their favorite tea tales. Yes, we love our job.

Basking in the glow of loose leaf teas from Local Tea Company in Sarasota Floridaour teas

It comes as no surprise that many people use teabags. But shocking is how many people have never tasted loose leaf tea. Sad to think so many people are missing out on the wonderfully unique experience of loose leaf tea.

And so, “THINK OUT OF THE BAG” our campaign to encourage people to choose loose leaf tea in place of tea in tired old bags. The subheading is, “Loose leaf tea is fresher, hipper, and just darn better for you.” We intend to convert teabag users to loose leaf tea drinkers through tasting, educating, and advocating loose leaf tea one sip at a time.

There are several reasons to choose loose leaf over tea bag tea, and we offer them here. If you, our fellow tea lovers, have other reasons we failed to mention, please share…

TASTE

There is absolutely no comparison. Most bag tea is the lowest tea grade (dust or fannings) that comes out of the production area. There are some exceptions, but generally, the tea is very small particles and holds little flavor. Every step in the processing of loose leaf tea is designed to enhance the flavor and taste.

QUALITY

There are also some exceptions, and just because you buy loose leaf tea does not mean it will be of excellent quality. We and all of our fellow tea enthusiasts search for teas with exceptional freshness, quality, and taste, and you should too. We call this our “tea journey.” Loose leaf tea allows you to examine, smell, listen, and sample for maximum quality.

VALUE

Despite what you may assume when first exploring the loose versus teabag conundrum, loose is more economical. Teabags are created for one-time use! Nearly all loose leaf tea varieties should be steeped at least twice, and some loose leaf teas can be steeped many more times. Work out the math, and you will be surprised how little loose-leaf costs you per cup.

SOCIAL

Loose leaf tea is perfect for brewing a pot of tea to share with others, the starting point for a meaningful conversation. Offering a cup of properly steeped loose leaf tea is a wonderfully kind gesture, hard for anyone to refuse.

ECO FRIENDLY

Just think how much packaging and bits of string you would save!

HEALTH BENEFITS

Whilst you may still gain some health benefits from tea bags, you will gain many more from loose leaf tea. My theory is that you will like the taste better and want to DRINK MORE, giving yourself the gift of good health.

Lastly, and for us, one of the most important reasons to drink loose leaf tea is the sheer enjoyment it brings into your life. Brewing a pot of tea for one is relaxing and contemplative, watching such majesty. Sharing a pot of tea with a friend is a nod to a more civilised era. The leaves gracefully dance in your pot and tantalize your taste buds with their fresh and fragrant bouquet.

Make time in your life for loose leaf tea and join Local Tea Company in helping all tea lovers to “THINK OUT OF THE BAG.”

Cheers,
the tea lady

Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea

Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea

This week we launched a signature rooibos tea for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea celebrates 40 years of fabulous performances at the Sarasota landmark by the bay.

On Wednesday evening, the lineup of this season’s performers was announced.  In addition to a signature dessert by Michael’s On East and our stunning Rooibos blend with black and red currants. Tony Bennett is the big star headlining the 40th Anniversary party on January 5th.

Image of VanWezel Rooibos Tea from Local Tea Company in Sarasota, Florida.

Local Tea Company samples and sells this tea at performances this season.  We will serve the caffeine-free tea at selected events for sponsors and patrons. This tea is available at our shops in Siesta Key Village and Selby Gardens, on Saturday mornings at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, and online at www.LocalTeaCo.com

The Van Wezel Anniversa-Tea is the second in our “Celebrating Sarasota” series.  The other tea is also a rooibos, our best selling Selby Select and honors  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Here is a post about Five Reasons you will Love Rooibos Tea.

The response to the iced version is very positive.  However, it’s hard to compete with cold pinot grigio on a gorgeous summer evening at the bayfront. Special thanks to Julia Mays for spreading the word all evening long.  In conclusion, thanks to the entire team at the Van Wezel, who quickly put the details together.

Cheers,
md

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Sabdariffa Spritzer or Holiday Hibiscus

Sabdariffa Spritzer or Holiday Hibiscus

Holiday Hibiscus.  Looking for a fabulous iced tea drink for the 4th of July? I have one to share concocted from our hibiscus petals, botanical name sadariffa.

Hibiscus Tea

I had some hibiscus tea in the refrigerator, and whilst I love this tea on its own, I cannot drink that much of it. (and for those of you who don’t know me, I am a tea drinker!)

I thought hibiscus would help keep me cool with the summer heat and give me all the other goodies Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Riboflavin, and antioxidant Anthocyanin.  Hibiscus really is a good package of benefits.Holiday Hibiscus petals made into a spritzer from Local Tea Company in Sartasota Florida

I also drink a lot of Seltzer water, so here is what I did. I filled my glass half full with Hibiscus tea, some ice, and topped off with Seltzer. A twist of lime is good too. There you have HIBISCUS SPRITZER!

What a beautiful drink, so refreshing, and I can drink lots more Hibiscus this way.  If you want to go all-out, use a martini glass, it looks brilliant.

Sip on a healthy, vibrant, non-alcoholic cocktail.  Holiday Hibiscus.

And here is a recent post about our Mote Beach Tea and Selva Grill.

Cheers to me, dears.

Glynis

Local Tea Company

Local Tea Company promotes local products and services, protects local environments, and celebrates local treasures. Great things start at the local level.  Therefore, it is no surprise our motto is “Sip Locally.”

Three times more money is injected into the local economy when people buy from local businesses rather than national chains.  Local businesses put their money back into the local economy.  Above all, both employees and vendors contribute to a cycle of support that strengthens a community.  Sip Locally.

Our locally inspired, loose leaf teas celebrate Sarasota.  For example, our most popular tea, Selby Select, is inspired by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  In addition, Selby was our home base from 2007 until 2016.  We have created teas celebrating other parts of Selby Gardens, including our Little Monkey Fruit Tea and our Secret Garden Green Tea.

Sip Locally

Other locally inspired loose leaf teas include…

We created a tea for the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Meyers.  You will love the sweetness of our Edison Ford Fruit Tea.  Local Tea Company organized the Celebrating Sarasota Collection of Teas.  We are working on more clever creations of loose leaf tea blends.

Join us in practicing “Sip Locally” throughout our community.  We love Sarasota, and we love sharing our community with the many visitors we meet every day.  In conclusion, we appreciate all the support, and we will continue working hard to contribute to our local community.