Mint juleps are a sign that spring and summer are here. Perhaps you have taken a trip and enjoyed Disneyland's Mint Julep Recipe or know that mint julep recipes are made around the time of the Kentucky Derby. Did you know on average 12,000 mint juleps are served in the 2 days of the Kentucky Derby races? It takes 1000 pounds of mint to make them all!
Whether you are asking yourself:
What are the best mocktail recipes?
How do you make a mint julep?
What are some great recipes with mint leaves?
How do I get the most flavor out of mint leaves?
Can I make mint julep without alcohol?
Or what are some of the coolest cocktails in the world?
Then you have come to the right place! Let's dive into some of that goodness here, shall we?
Before we start: This herbal information is just that, information. This blog post and I DO NOT INTEND to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease or illness. This is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only....
Ah summer! There are not many days of you left. Autumn is creeping in, the leaves on the trees are turning golden. The blackberries have dried on the vine from the summer sun and pumpkin spice season is almost here! With fall comes tea season, and dare I say, cold and flu season? What better way to embrace both than with a cup of herbal tea. Or should it be green tea?
Earlier in the month we discussed the benefits of drinking green tea. From the benefits of green tea for men, using green tea for skin and weight loss. Even putting green tea in your hair! Yep, I do that! While the benefits of green tea are many, we are going to dive into the many, many benefits of herbal tea. And maybe, just maybe, we will find out if green tea is better than herbal tea or the other way around!
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Did you ever have a cup of green tea and think, "WOW! That's bitter!"
That was totally me! Why would anyone drink this horribly bitter tea. Sure it's good for you, it's helpful in weight loss. Green tea is high in antioxidants and a wealth of other good for you things. But it was soooo bitter!
Turns out that green tea isn't so bad if it is steeped the right way! A little attention to the steeping time and temperature will go a long way in making the perfect cuppa green tea.
Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant just like black, white, and oolong teas. The difference with green tea is that it has not been withered or oxidized like black and oolong teas are. Usually green tea is steamed, sun dried or pan fried to bring out it's earthy flavor. Green tea is both grown in the shade and in the sun, each giving the tea two distinct flavors.
There are many different types of green tea from the ever popular matcha (powdered green tea), sencha, gyukuro, genmaicha, kukicha,...