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ONTARIO SOUR CHERRY SIMPLE SYRUP

ONTARIO SOUR CHERRY SIMPLE SYRUP

There's 101 reasons to fall in love with summer, but here in Ontario we're head over heels for the abundance of fresh local produce! August brings with it so many delicious fruits; peaches, blueberries, plums and sour cherries! These juicy cherries pack some serious tartness and can be tricky to enjoy on their own. We've created this simple syrup which is just that; simple.  

Fruity syrups are a great way to jazz up any iced tea, tea cocktail or other culinary creation you can dream up. With no hidden artificial flavours or ingredients and fresh local produce you can feel good about sweetening up your summer beverages. 

We highly recommend pairing this sour cherry syrup with one of the following iced teas: 

Lemon Kiss White Tea

Jasmine Silver Tips Green Tea

Pink Dragonfruit Herbal Tea

Sakura Cherry Rose Green Tea

Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea

Blueberry Lagoon White Tea

Pai Mu Tan White Tea 

 

Ingredients 

1 pint Ontario sour cherries, pitted 

1 cup organic cane sugar 

Juice of 1 organic lemon 

Splash of water (or tea!) 

Recipe 

Bring all ingredients to a boil over medium heat in a saucepan, once it's reached boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins. Stir occasionally. 

Remove from heat after 30 mins and press through a stainless steel mesh strainer, getting rid of all fruit solids. Allow the syrup to cool and store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge for 7 days. 

Add as much as you'd like to your beverage to reach desired sweetness, enjoy! 



WELCOME TO TEALISH 2.0!

WELCOME TO TEALISH 2.0!

When we founded Tealish in 2005, our love of tea was the main driving force.  Now, after almost 15 years into our entrepreneurial journey (and two children later), we are ready to refresh, grow, and breathe new life into Tealish. Sitting down to write this, thinking about this winding journey we have been on, and all of the people we have met along the way (which we don’t often do because we are always thinking about what’s next and how long the to-do list is), brings to light what Tealish 2.0 is really about. Sitting in a cozy moment, having time to yourself to just think, focus on the positive, and appreciate the day.

Inspired by our own personal wellness journeys,  we wanted to share more of what we have learned and loved with you.  Moving forward, our intention is to allow Tealish to grow into a curated wellness lifestyle brand by giving you the tools you need to steep your life in health and wellness.  Part of the experience we want to foster focuses on making each moment special - something recently described as hygge.  Danish in origin, it encompasses a feeling of coziness and contentment, and is something that has always been a passion of ours. No day is complete without being surrounded by all of the things that we love - a cup of tea in a lovely Tealish mug, a stylish Corksicle water bottle (because we always need at least 3 drinks going at all times), kids framed artwork, our favourite plants, a diffuser carrying essential oil blends across the room, or a scented candle burning. This is our version on hygge, and one that we hope inspires you to find yours!

Tea is still one of our primary focuses (as our one true and first love) but there are so many things that can be enjoyed alongside, before, or after tea.  We want to help you stay hydrated (in style, of course), and with that comes an array of lovely and healing beverage choices. Adaptogenic herbs, superfood powder mixes, coffee and natural sweeteners will all be available on tealish.com.   We are also very excited to introduce our very own aromatherapeutic essential oils to our product lines. All natural, eco-friendly and ethically sourced botanicals, herbs and spices are at the forefront of our inspiration in all that we create at Tealish.

We look forward to sharing our new and growing array of not only Tealish branded products, but a selection of our favourite health and wellness products from around the globe with you.  We would love to hear from you, so please drop us a note and let us know what you think, or would like to see in our online shoppe. Thank you for joining us on our journey and welcome to Tealish 2.0!

 

 

TEALISH GUIDE TO THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA

TEALISH GUIDE TO THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA

Have you noticed the instructions on our Tealish tins, boxes and bulk-tea labels before? We make the directions highly visible because we don’t want you to brew any ol’ cup of tea. We want to ensure that you end up with the BEST, most aromatic and flavourful, PERFECT cup of tea.

We suggest that, before you start brewing those beautiful tea leaves, you make sure you have the optimal ‘ingredients’. Did you know that the type of water you’re using has an impact on your lovely cup of tea? Here in Toronto, we’re fortunate to have excellent tap water...but if don’t live in the city and/or your water is hard, try using filtered or spring water instead: and taste the difference! Don’t forget either, that the temperature of your water and the exact amount of time you take to infuse your tea leaves will also make or break that great cuppa!

These instructions are for a 6-8 oz cup of Tealish tea.

Black tea

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose leaf black tea.
  • Steep with boiling water for 2-5 minutes

A special case...

Lapsang Souchong

  • Warm up your cup with a bit of boiled water, you’ll get the full flavour of the Lapsang Souchong leaves this way
  • Steep using 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea
  • Brew 3 minutes, using just-boiled water, tasting the infusion until it reaches your preferred ‘smokiness’ level
  • Try re-infusing your leaves once or twice to get even more flavour variety out of this tea

Oolong

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose leaf oolong tea.
  • Steep for 2-4 minutes in water with a temperature below boiling, 95°C.
  • Oolong leaves unfurl when steeping into large whole leaves, we recommend using a large basket style infuser for Oolong infusions to optimal flavour. 
  • Oolong teas are perfect for multiple infusions of the same leaves, we recommend 2-3. 

 Green Tea

  • First rule of green tea - never, ever, ever, use boiling water
  • Use 1 teaspoon and infuse your green tea leaves with hot water around 80°C
  • Depending on your taste, brew for 1-3 minutes

The exception...

Gyokuro green tea

  • Use a ratio of 2:1 (2 times dry tea leaves to a given quantity of water)
  • Use a low brewing temperature, around 40°C
  • Steep for 90 seconds

White tea

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose leaf white tea
  • Brewing white tea is a matter of personal preference, with some aficionados preferring  longer steeping times and others preferring less of a steep.
  • Infuse for 2-5 minutes in water that is below boiling, around 80°C

Mate tea

Mate is not technically a tea; it doesn’t come from the camellia sinensis plant. Yerba mate is actually a species of the holly bush family and it has been cultivated and consumed for centuries in South America. We blend mate with tea, herbs, and spices for unique tealish mate-teas.

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves
  • Steep any tealish tea that contains yerba mate for 4-6 minutes, using boiling water

Rooibos Tea 

Rooibos is not a classic tea either. It’s found in the Cape regions of South Africa, where the plant is related to the legume family. It means ‘red bush’ in Afrikaans.

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose rooibos tea leaves
  • Infuse the rooibos leaves for as long as you like, we suggest 4-6 minutes, with boiling water
  • Due to Rooibos teas needle like leaves, we recommend a fine mesh infuser or biodegradable tea sachet for these infusions. 

Herbal tea

Herbal teas, sometimes called tisanes, are a single, or blend of, fresh or dried fruits, spices, flowers and/or other plant derivatives infused with water that results in wonderful and wildly different tasting ‘teas’.

  • Use 1 teaspoon of loose herbal tea
  • Herbal teas can be infused to your taste, but you should try to wait at least 4 minutes before having your first sip.
  • Use boiling water for a hot cup of herbal tea
  • Try infusing a pitcher of cold water with a tea sachet by leaving it in the fridge overnight. Great for the hot days of summer!

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HOT TURMERIC TONIC RECIPE

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Tea is one of the best beverages to consume when you’re feeling under the weather, especially hydrating herbal teas. This one harnesses the natural powers of Turmeric and ginger to create a hot tonic packed with flavour and health benefits! Turmeric, part of the ginger family, is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory, it’s bright yellow appearance makes it unmistakable. These anti-inflammatory properties bring relief to a number of ailments including; stiff joints, easing muscle aches, soothing irritated tissue, relieving headaches and migraines.

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