I've been meaning to get a French press for awhile. As stated in The Daily Grind, I've always been a bit befuddled by coffee but heard you could throw lose-leaf tea into the above device. While I enjoy my little tea ball, I figured having an alternate method of making large quantities of tea (read: more than just a cup) would be beneficial. Plus, I remember seeing an entire shelf devoted to a neat line of French presses in Martha Stewart's kitchen and always was a little envious. So, while the copper on my French press did indeed turn out to be of terrible quality, I figured it'd still behoove to make teas worthy of my trendy little kitchen device. Plus, with spring upon us (once she breaks from her aggravating indecision), I figured it'd also be time to sweep in some refreshing blends with the new breeze and shelve the heavier teas of winter. So, without further ado: a list of fresh teas to go with my "fresh" purchase... Enjoy!
Lemongrass-Ginger Tea: I was originally going to feature a recipe for lemon-lemongrass tea here. With lemon being a citrus fruit and lemongrass being, an herb with a citrus flavor (according to Wikipedia), I figured the combination would produce a fine beverage. But as I searched the Internet for this combination, I came across lemongrass-ginger tea, a combination which seemed both intriguing and healthy.
Citrus slices: Piggybacking on the notion of citrus-flavored teas like the one above, infusing citrus slices in water is a surefire way to gain flavor, health benefits and the taste of spring in a few easy steps. While we're yet to fall into the lazy, hazy days of summer, the arrival of fresh fruit signals the beginning of warmer days. And what better way to use all of your fruit than to throw some peels in with your tea once you've consumed the flesh within. To do so, (according to the linked site above) simply place your peels (after washing them thoroughly - I suggest the Chef'n Veggie Brush for this task) in hot water, let steep for an hour and strain. Not only will the resulting liquid taste good (if not a little bitter) but it should add a boost of vitamin C to your morning routine as well.