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Creating a Tea Tradition During the Holidays

November 19th, 2015 by Anni Pattee

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My family is not terribly traditional or ceremonial when it comes to the holidays. While we indulge in spiked eggnog at Christmas, tea always makes an appearance at each holiday. Here are several ideas to create your own tea tradition.

Welcome Guests with a Cup of Tea

Before the big meal at Thanksgiving, make a pot of tea that you can share as guests begin arriving.  Greeting friends and family with a cup of tea sets the pace for the evening ahead. I like to serve either a simple, chocolatey smooth Yunnan or an Oolong with lots of character.

Drinks with Desserts

Hot tea definitely makes the rounds with dessert. We usually use a collection of tea bags, knowing who likes what. My sister, for instance, loves Organic Earl Grey and how its citrus flavor pairs well with sweets.

Blend Your Own Tea

I started a tradition a few years ago of bringing tea to our gatherings to make for my family. Since my mom can’t have caffeine and my sister’s kids like to make tea with me, I start with a decaf black tea. Then I like to lay out ingredients like cinnamon sticks, dried mint leaves, or orange peels for the kids to make their own blend of tea. This practice became so popular this last year, I was about to leave their home when I heard my niece call out from the front room, “Auntie, you can’t leave yet; we haven’t had tea!”

Craft a Tea Cocktail

Recently, I was playing around with our tea pouches and thinking about which liqueurs would pair best. Winter Solstice or Vanilla Bean would make wonderful hot cocktails with brandy and little honey or sugar to sweeten it. Ginger Twist would be a great option to pair with vodka, tonic, and a splash of simple syrup for Thanksgiving with its warming flavor of ginger.

Make a Seasonal Mocktail

Thanksgiving is more of a fall holiday so stick with warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. At Christmas time, peppermint and cinnamon pair well with rich flavors. New Year’s Eve can go in many directions. Wild Berry Hibiscus lends flavor profiles to the fall with its full, rich flavor. For a mocktail for adults and children, pair Wild Berry Hibiscus with sparkling apple juice to serve chilled.

How to Pick Whole Leaf Teas for Any Sized Party

November 12th, 2015 by Eliot Jordan


As we enter the holiday season, we enter a time of gathering together. With holiday parties, come holiday menu planning and tea can factor into the festivities.

There used to be a time where if you served tea, you would make a big pot and pour it into small cups for guests. Now, people customize. Some people want black, others prefer green, or herbal. I typically don’t serve loose tea to guests unless I’m brewing it and then only if there is a small group because how many teapots can you have? Brewing loose tea is easy. But, tea bags are easier for large parties.  Here are some suggestions to pick the right teas for any sized party.

For Small Groups

Serve One Shared Pot of Tea
When I have a small group over of six people or less, I still like to make a big pot that we can share—it’s nice to drink the same tea at the same time because it’s communal and brings people together, bridging their experiences into the greater experience. I try to pick a tea that’s crowd-pleasing, most often a plain black tea like Organic Breakfast. You can offer milk and sugar too. Chinese and Ceylon black teas also would make good options—they don’t change as easily over time after having been brewed. Yunnan black tea brews a sweet, rich tea that can be drunk in a number of ways.  Ceylon Kenilworth tends to go with anything and can be served with milk, sugar, paired with dessert, or sipped on its own—it’s even Steven, not super showy, but dependable that way. Oolong teas are really nice to accompany food, so long as the food isn’t very spicy. Oolongs are fragrant, mellow and interesting to look at, but because of the leaf size are generally not found in tea bags. For a white tea selection, White Peony is very drinkable too. It’s easy to brew that is a bit rounder with more body. I reserve Pu Erh for more of the adventurers and for those in the know. Some teas don’t airpot well—meaning if you make a large batch of it at once it won’t keep. That can be an issue when you’re making tea. You have to make it ahead of time if you’re making a big pot, otherwise you’re stuck in the kitchen instead of socializing.


For Large Groups

Offer Tea Pouches
When I have more than six people, I don’t make a big pot of tea. Instead, I will boil water and pour it into an airpot (a large insulated dispenser that keeps water hot). I like to pull out a variety of mugs along with a variety of tea pouches so people can choose their own tea. I’ve learned not to ask people what tea they want because they might ask for a tea I don’t have. Also, because people know what I do for a living, if I ask, they might get worried they’re not picking the right tea. More often than not, the question I ask is do you want caffeinated or non-caffeinated?

Brew Three Types of Tea
Something that can be fun to do with large groups is to keep three pots of tea going of different tea types. One pot would be black tea-based. Another would be filled with green tea. And, the third would be caffeine-free rooibos-based. For the herbal infusion, I try not to serve mint or licorice because they’re divisive flavors with permeating aromas—half the people might like them and half the people might not. Rooibos is more of a crowd pleaser that even black tea drinkers will sometimes choose.

Pair Teas with Desserts
If I was throwing a large party with a wide array of desserts, it would be fun to match up teas with desserts. Stick with tea pouches and select six or seven types to pair with the desserts. You could provide tasting notes. “Try one of these two teas to pair with the chocolate mousse.” This easily elevates the experience with thoughtful flavor recommendations. When selecting the teas to pair with dessert, get the flavor in line or in contrast. Teas that are complementary flavor profiles for dessert include Earl Grey, Chinese black tea, and rooibos that go with chocolate. Another complementary pairing would selecting an herbal infusion with lemongrass or lemon myrtle to pair with lemon meringue pie. For a contrasting duo, pair a really sweet dessert with a brisk, robust black tea to cut through the cream—you would want a tea that is more astringent with a stronger taste. Watch out for sour tastes—don’t pick two sours to pair together such as lemon meringue with rosehips. Orange Dulce or Bombay Chai trend toward a sweet idea anyway.

Teas The Season – New Holiday Arrivals

November 21st, 2013 by admin
Holiday Tea Chest Collection

Teas the season for sharing the ritual and warmth of drinking tea. We’re excited about the launch of new signature Mighty Leaf products for the holiday. Whether you’re looking for a tea pouch, loose leaf gift or teaware, our new holiday lineup makes gifting easy. Everyone’s a fan of tea, they just might not know it yet.



Click an item to start your holiday shopping today!


Signature Selection


Loose Tea Chest

Holiday Tea Chet Collection

Holiday Tea Chest Collection


Tea Top Brew Mug


Holiday Blend

Holiday Tea Tree

November 10th, 2013 by admin
Holiday Tea Tree

Teas the season! We always enjoy seeing how we can put a holiday twist on tea. At a recent holiday photo shoot we created this tea tree.

Set your seasonal table in style with diaphanous pouches and tea liquor glowing in ornaments. Hang your favorite pouches from a tree and let guests choose their tea to pair with dessert. Stay tuned for new holiday items coming soon.

Holiday Recipe Contest 2012

November 8th, 2012 by admin
Be sure to enter our Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe Contest.

There’s a chill to the air. Autumn foliage is in bloom. And Halloween is history. Very soon the year-end holiday season will be here–a time for celebrating, sharing food and drink, and making wonderful memories. We at Mighty Leaf are always inspired by the flavors of the season, which we enjoy at so many fall and winter gatherings. To prepare for this exciting time, we’ve cooked up an exciting new contest that recognizes the best, most delicious ideas from across the Mighty Leaf community. Introducing the Drink in the Season Holiday Recipe Contest!

Now through November 27, we’ll be accepting your best drink recipes through our contest page on Facebook. We’re looking for creative, fun, great-tasting concoctions that incorporate Mighty Leaf teas. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit. Cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies; toddies, lattes, and lassis, oh my!

Our in-house panel of experts will be combing through the entries and evaluating them. The ten best will feature on our Facebook contest page beginning on December 1. At that time, all Mighty Leaf fans will be eligible to vote for their favorite recipes. The beverage designer with the highest vote total when the virtual polls close on December 17 will win the grand prize: $1000 in tea! The four runners-up with the next most popular creations will win $250 in tea and a Mighty Leaf drink shaker. Remaining finalists will receive $50 in tea and a shaker.

Good luck one and all! The Mighty Leaf team is waiting with great anticipation to see what you come up with.

One last free tip: You may want to jump start your culinary imagination with a cup of tea.

(Official rules for the contest are available here.)