LAUNCH PARTY GOODNESS!
'Thank you' doesn't even begin to cut it. Everyone who came to show support at the local Seattle Launch Party - just wow, you guys. So nice to see you all. West Seattle Grounds was an amazing host and we couldn't be happier that they will be carrying our tea - go get a cup!! :)
We had a lovely time, drank a lot of cacao tea, ate chocolate, raffled off amazing prizes from a wide range of artisans, but maybe most importantly... we came up with NEW, DELICIOUS RECIPES as we were hanging out together!
We tried this blended ice drink, infused with food-grade essential oils. (thanks to Elyse Judkins with Young Living for her contribution to the party!).
PEPPERMINT ICE BLENDED TEA:
2 cups Sifted Tea chilled concentrate (see note below)
1-2 cups ice
1/2 cup almond milk
1 drop food-grade Peppermint essential oil (we used Young Living Peppermint)
optional - 2 tbsp maple syrup (we didn't add any, and it was straight delicious! sweetener is always optional)
Throw all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or vitamix, and blend away! Serve immediately. Refreshingly delicious this was just what the crowd wanted!
You could do the chocolate drizzle on the cup, as listed below & in previous recipes (because it's that good!). Same thing with a CocoWhip topping (dairy free from SoDelicious). Top it off with raw unsweetened cacao nibs and you're having a party!
Try it at home and let me know what you think!
-Sifted Tea Owner
To steep Sifted Tea concentrate:
Use a french press, or other steeping tool for loose-leaf tea. Use of a ratio of about 1 tbsp to 2 cup water. Steep with hot water, and let sit for minimum 6 hours. (I leave mine overnight!) The flavor won't burn, and the husks only soften with time, releasing more cacao butter and nutrients into the concentrate. Once cooled, you can place the tea concentrate in the fridge to chill. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week! *white flecks and settling is normal - this is the natural cocoa butter - healthy fats, so wonderful for you!
Don't toss those steeped husks - you can put them in your own smoothie! (the kiddos may or may not like them, so I set aside for my own chocolate-inspired protein shake. We all need treats, you know!). You can make the concentrate more or less strong, to your own liking. There's nothing magical about the ratio - it's whatever you want to taste, and how strong that chocolate flavor should be for the munchkins to want to drink it! :)