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1811 – OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Green Iced Tea with a twist!

April 16, 2012

Hello Green TEA Cocktails. Perhaps a bit premature;  it is 83 degrees today -  in April!

I'm still just thinking about getting ready for summer, creating new blends for a customer, and thinking about green tea - a lot.

So, if truth be told, I'm a recipe junkie looking for inspiration this Monday.  It is true - I do love a good cookbook, but it's the recipes that do me in...    Way back when I lived off just off the Portobello Road, I went to the markets all the time looking for bargains.    It’s time to dust it off this recipe for a 'green tea punch", I found in at the market.

Try this recipe with our Chinatown Green Passion Tea either in pyramid sachets or in our Tear and Pour™ Pouches.  This green tea is refreshing and tropical made e with organic green tea, organic calendula/marigold petals, and organic flavors perfect for our Regent Cocktails.

A bit of history:  Early 1796, saw English and American cooks were writing about using Green Tea with alcohol.  Regents Cocktails was a popular drink at gatherings all during the year.  It wasn't until late 1884 that we find the first printed recipes referencing 'black' tea – and it took a world’s fair to make black tea famous when combined with lemons, sugar and iced.

For my personal taste, I'm not at all too keen on lots of sugar in this cocktail.  Add with care, and taste each step of the way until punch is sweetened the way you like it.  My assumption on all the sugar is purely speculative.  I believe most household cooks were still experimenting with ingredients from the Far East as little was known about the subtleties of green tea.   As most recipes advised cooks to 'boil and stew' the tea for long periods; it is this very technique that resulted in the need for LOTS of sugar and lemons to balance the astringent nature of green tea.

 Purchase Green Tea from our Sponsored Fundraiser:  Bike & Build

 

 

Make the recipe:

MAKES approximately 3 QUARTS

 (contact us for kid-friendly version)

This tea-infused champagne cocktail makes an elegant centerpiece for any festive occasion this spring.

Arrack is a distilled alcoholic drink produced in South Asia.  It is sold in stores throughout USA.  I've listed some brands I've worked with over the years.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar, water & pineapple to make a simple syrup.
1 cup cubed pineapple
2 lemons
2 oranges
1 Seville orange (also called bitter or sour orange)
2 Chinatown Green Passion Pyramid Sachets (or 1 Tear & Pour™ Chinatown Green green tea leaves)
1 cup brandy, preferably VSOP cognac
1⁄4 cup dark  rum
1⁄4 cup arrack liquor, ( Batavia-Arrack, van Oosten, cachaça, VSOA
2  750-ml bottles Brut or rose sparkling wine or  champagne, chilled

Garnish with star fruit and lime twists and a dash of grated nutmeg

1. MAKE YOUR OWN SIMPLE SYRUP: In a 1-qt. saucepan, combine 1⁄2 cup sugar and 1⁄4 cup water. Stir over high heat until sugar dissolves; transfer to a bowl along with pineapple. Allow to macerate in refrigerator for at least 8 hours to make a pineapple syrup. Strain and reserve; discard solids.  EASY METHOD:  add simple syrup with tropical or pineapple flavors.

2. Using a peeler, peel lemons, oranges, and seville orange, taking off as little white pith as possible. Transfer peels to a heavy bowl; reserve fruit. Add remaining sugar; use a muddler or a wooden spoon to vigorously crush sugar and peels together until sugar turns faintly yellow and slushy.

3. In a medium bowl,  steep tea in 2 cups of hot water (150-160F )for 2 minutes. Strain tea over lemon and sugar mixture; stir until sugar dissolves. Juice reserved fruit into tea mixture. Strain through a sieve into another bowl; discard solids. Stir in pineapple syrup, brandy, rum, and arrack. Chill mixture. To serve, combine mixture and champagne in a punch bowl along with a large block of ice . Garnish with nutmeg

Affordable Luxury Tea are what Customers want today.

April 9, 2012

Whisk and Spoon can personal our premium pyramid sachets for your business.  We make it easy to figure out the detail, and to choose a quality tea  product that can convey your brand message.

W

ith the current economic conditions, it is vital that companies find new ways to differentiate themselves against their competitors.  Increasingly companies are looking to personalize products to increase brand awareness amongst their target audience.

 

Pyramid Sachets are available in a single sachet per envelope or multiple sachets per bag.  Ideal for hotels, restaurants, quick service applications, or business looking for a quality product to add to the their line.

Whisk and Spoon can create a personalized tea line for your hospitality organization,  food service establishment or business.

 

 

Contact:  Sally Hampton, Sales 610 624 3680 | sales@whiskandspoon.com

Support with Tea: Bike and Build – Across America

April 2, 2012

March roared in giving us 70 degree weather, great iced tea drinking weather, shorts and good biking conditions. Now that the temperatures are back in the 50's - we are back to good hot tea drinking weather...

Meet Erica Rosset, our new sponsor rider with Tea for Support: Bike & Build.     Recently, Erica helped us out big time by creating & fixing some illustrations we needed for our sales team, managed by Leslie Bushby of Hospitality Reps Inc.

What made this work so so unique was that Erica wanted her payment in the form of a donation!

Erica and I got to thinking about how we could create a new revenue stream for her fundraising that would avoid the dreaded 'fundraiser fatigue'.   Here is the link to Support with Tea: Bike and Build.   For an extra pledge of $15.00, you'll enjoy delicious tea, help raise funds AND get Erica in condition for the long journey ahead this summer.

If you would like updates on the life altering journey - please use our contact sheet  and put Bike in the subject line.  We'll let you know how to follow Erica.

Bike & Build, Inc., which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to fighting the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. through cross-country bike trips. Each summer, young adults bike from the Atlantic to the Pacific along eight different routes. Along the way, these groups stop at several different build sites and volunteer with affordable housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together.

Erica  taking the Northern Route with a team of 33, starting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and ending with a swing up to Vancouver, B.C. to help build houses all along the Northern states of the U.S.

Independent Sales Representatives – Flexible & Part Time

February 22, 2012

Whisk and Spoon, LLC  - New Opportunities

We are experiencing rapid growth for our organic teas and teaware.  This position is ideal for a seasoned representative looking for another line.

Job Description
As a fast growing and exciting company, our tea division is  looking for talented Account Managers to work independently for our  Business Development Area. . The ideal candidate will be upbeat, driven, well-organized, share a passion for tea.  Love working on their own, and knows how to represent quality organic, fair trade products.
 If you are looking for a dynamic and challenging role,  we encourage you to apply.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Reports directly to the Director, Corporate Sales
  • Be a hunter! Aggressively prospect into corporations and vertical channels across the country
  • Manage the entire sales process from prospecting to close
  • Create and Maintain Account Listings
  • Make outbound calls and send email introductions to can create account list
  • Ensure excellent service and support to prospects and customers
  • Proactively manage and respond to incoming sales leads
  • Maintain weekly sales forecast and achieve quota
Requirements
- Proven sales experience a plus, strong cold-calling experience at a minimum
- Fast learner, adept at understanding and articulating new products
- Be able to respond to clients with our corresponding value propositions on the fly
- Strong communication and relationship building skills illustrated through current or past work experience
- Passionate about environment, tea, and building community
- Have that Sales "DNA"
- 4 year University degree

Whisk and Spoon, LLC

Provides organic, fair trade teas, tea ware and specialty culinary products to many vertical markets.  We are looking for enterprise sales professionals to help  close more business. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Whisk and Spoon is a PA Preferred Company creating teas and products for USA, Canada, Ireland and Australia.

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