Did you know January is National Hot Tea Month? If you’re not familiar with the festivities, let’s catch you up.
National Hot Tea Month celebrates our favorite comfort beverage by promoting the benefits of tea and its influence on culture globally. With thousands of different varieties of tea available, advantages include improving your well-being, providing calmness, and tasting good af.
It’s a bev centered on community, which we love. It’s also played a huge part in what we do as purveyors of Portland Chai.
Ready to get those kettles going? Whether you’re kickin’ off the New Year with Dry January or looking to curb your coffee intake, here are our favorite ways to celebrate National Hot Tea Month.
1. Start your day with a tea
We might be biased as a Portland tea/Chai company, but we love starting our day with a cup of tea. While most tea doesn't have quite as much caffeine as coffee, it still offers enough of a boost to keep us going. Plus, it clears brain fog and boosts your metabolism while providing additional morning health benefits.
If you’re in the Portland area, you get bonus points for starting your morning by visiting us at the Either/Or Cafe.
2. Make a tea date
The social history of tea was steeped in Japan, India, and China centuries before it reached England in the 17th century. Today, we continue exploring the social norms of China and England by using tea as a way to brew deeper and more meaningful connections with loved ones. Have someone you wish to connect with? Invite them over for a cup, use it as a conversation starter, and let the good vibes flow.
3. Embrace your inner Chai
We’ve already discussed the benefits of drinking Chai. But if you need a refresher for National Hot Tea Month, Chai improves digestion, mental health, and does so much more. If you wish to celebrate over the comfort of a Portland Chai, check out our Ginger Spiced Chai. If you want something that’s lightly sweetened, check out the Lavender Fog.
4. Explore the world of tea
China, India, Japan, and Taiwan are examples of major tea regions that offer distinct styles. One of our favorite things about tea is its variety and how they represent regional flavors. For example, Chai originates in India and is said to have been created thousands of years ago as an Ayurvedic drink. In contrast, Tanglewood concentrates offer a Portland-inspired sweetness that represents our area.
The point is, there are so, so many different tea varieties, so we always encourage our friends to step out of their comfort zone and try something totally different. Plus, it’s always super fun—we promise.
5. Mix it up
We know it’s National Hot Tea Month, but we figured we’d share a recipe that mixes things up by offering a recipe for an N/A mocktail we call the A Lover’s Nightcap (ALN for short ;).
Here’s how you make it:
Fill a highball glass with ice, then add:
- 4 oz Lavender Fog tea concentrate
- 2 oz oat milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- Top with (about 4-6 oz) plain seltzer, club soda, or mineral water (we love Topo Chico)
- Stir gently until blended
- Add a few dashes of rose water and garnish with lemon slice or lavender sprig
If you’re looking for something delicious or need Lavender Fog to make the ALN mocktail, get to know or shop for tea concentrates online. Happy National Hot Tea Month, team!