here-comes-the-sun-and-i-say-its-alrightWe have a few tips on how you can adjust to Daylight Savings Time, since it begins on Sunday, and you’ll have to turn your clocks back one hour. That means that the 9 a.m. meeting you have on Monday morning is actually at 8 a.m. … although we encourage you to stop thinking like that immediately, because doing the mental math every time you look at a clock gets really tiring.

So, if you’re one of those people who is more likely to clamp a pillow down on top of your head than grin at the birds who begin tweeting that much earlier, shall we suggest some tea? (What, did you think we were going to recommend something else?) Here’s a few we love for waking up:

Paisley Label Tea English Breakfast: It steeps quickly and strongly. Just add boiling water and boom.

Organic Assam Breakfast: People who discover Two Leaves and a Bud often learned about us through this sachet, which is one of the best sachets of tea from Assam you’ll ever drink. First appreciate the deep flavor, then spoil yourself by adding something to your second cup … we recommend milk and honey.

Organic Better Morning Blend: A caffeine-free wonder! This herbal tea will pep you up with peppermint and lemon, no problem.

Paisley Label Tea Decaf English Breakfast: If you still want the flavor of black tea without the caffeine, look no further than this one. (Also makes for a lovely pairing with dessert.)

Here comes the sun, tea lovers, and it’s been a long, dark winter for many of us. How do you plan on waking up on Sunday morning?

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Better Being Blends are bringing healthy back.

Better Being Blends are bringing healthy back.

March is National Health Month, and hey, tea lovers, we’ve got some good news for you even though you’ve probably already heard it:

Tea is really good for you. That means you’re already ahead of the game this month! Here’s a smattering of feel-good headlines for you:

How green tea can kill cancer cells

Surprising health benefits in a cup of tea

7 healthy reasons to drink peppermint tea

But a few years ago, we introduced our trio of Organic Better Being Teas, because we noticed how so-called “medicinal teas” were making a splash in the marketplace. And so we tackled insomnia with Organic Better Rest Blend, upset stomachs with Better Belly Blend, and sleepyheads with Organic Better Morning Blend. These three herbal teas taste great and are an easy, natural alternative to sleeping pills, antacids, or pumping yourself full of caffeine to wake up.

So for National Health Month, consider drinking more tea (if that’s even possible) or reaching for one of our caffeine-free Better Being Teas the next time you’re not feeling so hot. Some of our team members think outside of the box with these teas, such as using Better Belly to ease a brutal hangover, or Better Morning to perk up a bit in the afternoon.

When it comes to herbal “medicinal” tea, the FDA doesn’t want us to say stuff like, “It’ll cure what ails ya,” but tea lovers have told us how much better these teas often make them feel. In fact, these three teas are the most lauded teas on our website, when it comes to our online reviews … and we find that tea lovers are a very discerning, honest bunch. We’ll drink to that! You should too.

 

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A small admission: We never really thought of ourselves as sexy until yesterday. We love tea, we drink it every day, all day long … and THEN we found out that so does one model known primarily for her work with Victoria’s Secret — Alessandra Ambrosio.

Alessandra Ambrosio's wings are powered by Organic Chamomile. OUR Organic Chamomile.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s wings are powered by Organic Chamomile. OUR Organic Chamomile.

Our coworker Jen was glancing through the pages of an US Weekly magazine when she paused on an interview with Ambrosio, where the model discusses what she carries around in her handbag — or rather, her Gucci tote. She mentions some potato chips and chocolate, which you think would have been enough to make Jen turn the page, but then she says this:

“I drink Two Leaves and a Bud chamomile tea when I wake up, during the day and before I go to sleep. When I travel, I make sure they’re with me.”

And ohmygosh, now we’re Alessandra Ambrosio’s biggest fans (but not in a creepy way). First, she knows that we exist … and we apologize for sounding like a high school freshman when we point that out. Second, she recognizes that our Organic Chamomile is delicious and worthy of drinking all day long. Finally, she’s saying something we’ve said about our tea sachets all along — they’re just so conveniently portable, that they make it easy to travel with the best tea!

So of course we raced around trying to find more copies of Alessandra’s mini Two Leaves and a Bud love note, starting online, and our CEO and founder Richard Rosenfeld sent us an e-mail that said: “I tried to look this up on their site but only got pictures of her in a bikini. Although that was not exactly disappointing, it was not what I was looking for. (I must be getting old.)”

 

No, Richard — we all just got a bit sexier. Cheers, tea lovers!

 

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Three new tart herbal teas, meet three new tea cocktails.

Three new tart herbal teas, meet three new tea cocktails.

There are definitely worse things I’ve had to do for work than mix up a few fruit cocktails using tart tea as a main ingredient. Many of you tea lovers would probably argue that what our small team does here at Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company is already a plum gig — since it comes with an endless supply of tea and daily cuppings of new and (sometimes rare) tea varieties shipped from overseas. And you’re right about that … so for someone who loves a good tart, herbal tea and a cocktail now and then, today my own kitchen was a great place to be.

Have you met our three new tart herbal teas? Paisley Tarts are all complex blends of organic herbal teas using long lists of natural ingredients, rather than just “natural flavorings”. Organic Tart Meyer Lemon, Organic Tart Blood Orange and Organic Tart Berry all stand out as palate-stretching, fruit-forward blends, and it didn’t take us long to figure that if they paired so well with boiling water or with ice, why not try them with a few other ingredients like … oh, I don’t know … vodka, sparkling wine, or tequila?

So I called my husband at 8:50 a.m. to ask him to pick up a bottle of rum on his way home from an early morning photography job (he sounded a lot less surprised than I expected him to, which worries me), and assembled various ingredients that would pair well with the Paisley Tarts. Besides the rum, I kept my ingredients to items I had in my kitchen and liquor cabinet, so that things wouldn’t get too complicated for the average tea fan to whip up (I have a personal policy against ever buying a bottle of Angostura Bitters.) And what resulted are three herbal tea-based concoctions I would be happy to drink anytime (including breakfast, if we can be really honest about this for a second). Here goes:

Tropical Tart with Paisley Organic Tart Meyer Lemon

A tropical twist with a side of lemon.

A tropical twist with a side of lemon.

(This one includes making your own ice cubes with tea and raspberries, so it’s bound to impress your friends)

Serves 8

  1. Pour boiling water over Paisley Organic Tart Meyer Lemon herbal tea bags; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar; chill.
  2. In large pitcher, combine 2 cups chilled tea with remaining ingredients; chill.
  3. Meanwhile, in 2 ice cube trays*, arrange 3 raspberries in each compartment. Pour remaining chilled tea over berries. Freeze 2 hours or until solid. To serve, pour punch into large pitcher or bowl. Add tea ice cubes. Serve immediately.

Blood Orange Mimosa

For Sunday, blood orange Sunday. (Apologies to U2)

For Sunday, blood orange Sunday. (Apologies to U2)

(The sparkling wine could easily be left out of this one for a refreshing, extra-orange drink if you want to do brunch without the alcohol.)

Serves 4

 

Cut the peel off an orange, including as much of the white pith as you can, and cut the orange into eight pieces.

Place the orange pieces in a small bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Muddle until no large chunks remain. Divide the orange mixture among 4 iced tea glasses (or champagne flutes). Add Tart Blood Orange iced tea to each glass.

Pour sparkling wine in each glass to top off; garnish with a lime wedge.

Minted Tart Berry Chiller

(Mint grows like crazy in my backyard, so I use it whenever I can. It gives a nice edge to this super-berry drink.)

Definitely my favorite.

Definitely my favorite.

Serves 8

  • 8 cups water
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint, plus leaves for garnish
  • 6 tea bags of Organic Paisley Tart Berry herbal tea
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice as needed
  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add 2 cups of the raspberries, the chopped mint and the Paisley Tart Berry herbal tea bags. Remove from the heat and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Remove and discard the tea bags and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Discard the solids. Add the sugar, tequila, Grand Marnier and lime juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the remaining 1 cup raspberries and mint leaves and serve immediately.

 

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It's tea time whenever this person says it is.

It’s tea time whenever this person says it is.

Saying that the last 10 years as a tea company has been fun and rewarding and full of important business lessons… well, that’s great and all, but let’s get right down to it, shall we? Our favorite part of this business is meeting you guys.

Which got us thinking: could we recognize a fellow fan of Two Leaves and a Bud just by sight? Probably not, unless your travel mug is sporting a string with a TLAB tag sticking out of it. (Although, some of you love your loose tea on the way to work … so there goes that theory).

We came up with a little list so you diehard Two Leaves and a Bud people could recognize yourselves.

Top 10 Signs You’re a Serious Two Leaves and a Bud Fan:

1. You think Camellia would be a good baby name, especially if the middle name is Sinensis.

Tea to go. Forever.

Tea to go. Forever.

2. You carry sachets with you as a matter of course, wherever you go. That’s why they’re so portable, right?

3. The only thing that’s constant in your schedule every day is tea time.

4. Sometimes you wish your job would just pay you in loose tea.

5. You’d rather teach your kid all about tea than watch another tea party take place where only air is served.

6. You’ve never thought, “I overdid it today,” while steeping your eighth cup of tea.

7. 7 a.m. means Organic Better Morning Blend, 1 p.m. means Organic Better Belly Blend and 8 p.m. means Organic Better Rest Blend.

8. Someone has asked you out to coffee and you’ve replied, “As long as I can have tea.”

Loyal to the cup.

Loyal to the cup.

9. You are the owner of the best tea stash in your office, and proud of it.

10. You’ve snorted tea out of your nose — or spat it at a computer screen — because of a great joke.

What score did you get? (And if all of these apply to you, are you wondering if you have a problem? You might have a problem. And we might be in love with you.) We want to know from you true Two Leaves and a Bud people — what’s missing from our list? Comment here or on Facebook or Twitter, and we’re prepared to reward FREE TEA to our favorite answers!

Fair warning: We’re working on a mega-contest to find out who our biggest fan really is. We’re planning a few hoops you’ll have to hop through (none of them are on fire, though), and a BIG prize that makes being a our biggest fan truly worth it. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the details, which are coming up!

It doesn't have to be a *big* tattoo.

It doesn’t have to be a *big* tattoo.

And while we’ll note that Googling tea tattoos is super fun, we promise we won’t ask any of you to tattoo our logo on yourselves. That would be crazy.

Cheers, tea lovers.

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