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June is the best month for iced tea drinkers because it marks National Iced Tea Month! Not only does the weather begin to really warm up, but the tea in people’s cups begin to cool down. As I previously said last year, roughly 80 percent of Americans take their tea iced and would not want it any other way.

As always, National Iced Tea Day takes place on June 10 each year. How you want to celebrate it is entirely up to you.

Do something new and different like make some Sun Tea! This tea is a slow brewing but greener way to brew your iced tea.

  • Simply take a large jar or bottle of your choice, add 3-5 teabags of your favorite tea, and fill it with fresh or distilled water.
  • Bring your jar to a bright sunny area either indoors or outdoors and let sit for about 2-4 hours, or however long you would like for it to brew. If you would like, add sweetener according to taste.
  • Once it is done, bring inside and let it sit in the refrigerator so it can cool off and get cold. Add ice and enjoy!

Speaking of ice, what if you don’t like plain watery ice? Try adding tea to your ice cube tray! Brew your tea like you normally would and then add to an ice cube tray. Let it freeze and then add to your favorite tea so your tea does not get watered down by regular ice cubes. This way the flavor in your iced tea stays! Note: I used a heart shaped ice cube tray because I love to have fun with ice!

Of course, you can always make your own iced tea with our store’s own brand and our own favorite teas. Try our Peach Apricot at a baseball game, blackcurrant at your next barbecue, or bring one of my personal favorites, Lady Londonderry for some 4th of July firework watching. Simply brew according to instructions and add some fresh or frozen strawberries for an even sweeter, fruitier tea! Make some of those tea ice cubes to make it even cooler!

However you like your iced tea will make summer a breeze. Always feel free to tell us how you like your iced tea and share your pictures on our social media channels! We love to hear from you!

 

-CD

 

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The sixth month of the year is beginning, a time for honoring fathers everywhere. In recognition, here are some teas that I would tend to think of as very fatherly and not to miss in June, along with some tea treats worthy of their appreciation:

5 “fatherly” teas for June (fathers are so special). (ETS image composite by A.C. Cargill)

5 “fatherly” teas for June (fathers are so special). (ETS image composite by A.C. Cargill)

1 Give Dad some choices: Best Sellers Sampler

Give your dad choices. This sampler is a convenient way for him to try some classics and see which best wets his whistle. Five bags of each in resealable pouches. No muss, no fuss, and a lot of pleasure!

Some of the flavors that are offered (substitutions may be made according to availability) – steep each (except the chamomile) for 2-5 minutes in water brought to a rolling boil:

2 Show Dad he’s special: English Breakfast Tea Gift Basket

Man (nor woman) does not live by tea alone, no matter how good the tea. Tea and food go together so well, in fact, that in many countries, especially Britain, having tea usually means something more like a meal with various foods involved. So this gift basket includes some very traditional tea time foods (the kind served at one of the most traditional tea times around – the cream tea). Scone mix, jam, and clotted cream are tight and cozy with some tasty tea – English Breakfast Blend No. 1 (a personal favorite) – and a sturdy teapot for steeping it. (Substitutions might be made depending on availability.)

3 Show Dad that he deserves the gold: Yorkshire Gold Loose Leaf Tea

The best Dad’s are good as gold, so some Yorkshire Gold Tea is quite appropriate. The flavor of this rich brown colored tea is malty and even better with milk and sugar. Teas from India, Sri Lanka, Africa, and elsewhere are blended just right and add a great brightness to your breakfast cuppa (but of course you can enjoy some all day long). (A good alternative is English Breakfast tea. (Get more info on the company here History of Taylors of Harrogate.)

4 Flowers are for Dads, too: Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea

Green tea from the Fujian province of China is steamed and the leaves spread out among jasmine petals to absorb their aroma. Of all the teas out there with natural floral flavors and aromas, jasmine is not one of them. It has to be added. The process has been around for centuries and is one of the most popular flavor-enhanced teas around. Dad will feel quite special. This version is the first grade below the exotic jasmines and has all the flavor, aroma, and good green tea qualities without the exorbitant price.

5 De-stress Dad with this herbal: Casablanca Caffeine Free Herbal

Dad can enjoy a cup of this caffeine-free herbal infusion after a hard day of doing dad-type things. It a combination of several fruit pieces (elderberry, apple, passion fruit, kiwi, raspberry, and strawberry) and flowers (rosehip, hibiscus, rose, sunflower, cornflowers). The flavor is so Casablancan that Dad will be saying “Play it again, Sam” before you know it!

Hope you get to try some of these during June to help you show Dad how much you appreciate him. Enjoy!

See more of A.C. Cargill’s articles here.

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June is wedding month, but it also has Father’s Day on the 17th and Summer Solstice on the 20th. But June is also chock full of other occasions that deserve a tip of the teacup in recognition. Here are ten of them to get you started.

Toast your gardening skills on June 6th with tea and get a real workout.

Toast your gardening skills on June 6th with tea and get a real workout.

  1. Statehood Day (Kentucky, Tennessee) — June 1st — Toast the folks in the “bluegrass” state of Kentucky and the “volunteer” state of Tennessee for the anniversary of them becoming part of the United States. Both states are dedicated to freedom, so feel free to have tea your way and toast in your own inimitable style!
  2. Applesauce Cake Day — June 4th — It’s cake, so I love it already. It has applesauce in it, so it’s healthy, right? So a whole day devoted to this delectable treat that makes any tea time super special makes perfect sense!
  3. National Gardening Exercise Day — June 6th — To all my gardening buddies on Twitter, this one’s for you! Have a tea break during your gardening chores and be refreshed.
  4. Hug Holiday — June 11th — This is meant to celebrate the joy of hugging your loved ones. Of course, it can be a little tricky to hug and sip tea at the same time, so plan your day well. Hug for awhile and then have some tea, then hug some more. You can work this out!
  5. Smile Power Day — June 15th — Gee, hugs and now smiles. June is a month for positivity! Have some positive tasting tea and raise a cuppa in a toast to smile power!
  6. International Panic Day — June 18th — Okay, now, don’t panic, just fill your teapot and keep it filled. Then, you’ll never suffer empty teacup syndrome, a situation practically guaranteed to raise the pulse and break out the cold sweat.
  7. National Pink Day — June 23rd — You’ll be truly “in the pink” on this day if you drink a toast of tea. In fact, you’ll be “in the pink” everyday if you have your morning cuppa tea! And mid-morning cuppa, lunch time cuppa, mid-afternoon cuppa, evening cuppa, and bedtime cuppa!
  8. Beautician’s Day — June 26th — Look your best on this day and drink some tea. It’s supposed to be good for hair, skin, and a host of other appearance enhancing properties. For all tea does for you, you should take a quick moment to toast this “liquid beautician”!
  9. Sun Glasses Day — June 27th — You don’t have to be a celebrity to sport some “shades.” You might have to take them off to look at your tea and see its true color, though.
  10. Camera Day — June 29th — The camera has been around since the 1800s but has gone from being a big cumbersome box to something small enough to fit in a cell phone or be planted in a motel room to catch your ex in the act of… uh, anyway, cameras are certainly essential when hubby and I do our tea reviews so we can share the experience with our readers. Plus, seeing pictures of the dry tea leaves and then the steeped liquid on online stores helps when you want to make a purchase. So, celebrate the camera with a toast of the teacup!

You’re all set for June now. Steep up a few potfuls and toast these and other special days this month. It gives you something to do in-between sips!

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NFL Snack Attack Father's Day Gift Basket

NFL Snack Attack Father's Day Gift Basket

June is a great month. Lots of weddings, at which tea is becoming increasingly popular. Summer starts, Dad’s are honored, and much more. Now, I know many of you drink tea for the sheer pleasure of it, but how much more pleasurable to toast some special occasion with your teacup! To help you out there, I am once again presenting a month’s worth of perfect occasions to do just that.

I skipped some obvious dates, including Flag Day on the 14th, Father’s Day on the 19th, and Summer Solstice on the 21st, since the point is to bring some lesser-known dates to your attention and show how they are great reasons to enjoy tea (as if you need one!).

First, the monthly notables: Dairy Month, Candy Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, National Adopt a Cat Month, National Rose Month, and Turkey Lovers Month (not sure if they mean as pets or in a sandwich). Also, the second week of June is Email Week.

  1. Flip a Coin Day — June 1st — Sometimes this is the method I have to use when standing at the open door of my tea pantry trying to decide which tea to have next.
  2. First U.S. Spacewalk by Ed White in 1965— June 3rd — I saw a video about astronauts using some sort of chopsticks to drink their tea in zero gravity. Maybe you could give it a try and see how well you do.
  3. Aesop’s Birthday — June 4th — His most classic story is about a lion and slave in ancient Greece. Lion is saved from thorn in paw by a slave whom he later faces in the arena. Instead of mauling him, they sit down to tea! Crowd cheers. Slave becomes new emperor, with Lion as his faithful sidekick. True — every word!
  4. National Yo-Yo Day — June 6th — If you dunk a teabag, you get lots of practice with the basic wrist motion needed to properly operate a yo-yo. I knew there was at least ONE good thing about bagged tea!
  5. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday in 1867 — June 8th —Through the ups and downs of his life, Wright still managed to forge a career building tea rooms. No, wait, sorry, it was houses and office buildings and the Marin County Building in California, and…
  6. Iced Tea Day — June 10th — Finally, a special day that’s really TEA-rrific!
  7. Red Rose Day — June 12th — Rose tea seems a natural today!
  8. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s Birthday — June 13th — Who? Oh yeah, those oh-so-adorable moppets from “Full House”. Actually, they shared the role, Mary Kate appearing sometimes, and Ashley appearing other times. I heard that one cried on cue and the other smiled on cue. Time to watch some reruns and see if I can tell which is which while sipping my tea.
  9. Smile Power Day — June 15th — Have some tea (one of your faves guaranteed to put a smile on your face), then go out into the world and see what happens!
  10. National Splurge Day — June 18th — Buy a pound of that high-priced exotic tea you’ve been wanting.
  11. Finally Summer Day — June 21st — For those of you who have been under cloudy skies and trying to protect your homes, etc., from floods, the start of Summer is here, so have a cuppa tea cheer!
  12. National Chocolate Éclair Day — June 22nd — Dontht thalk wittthhh thour mouttthhh pfullth.
  13. Johannes Gutenberg’s Birthday, born in 1400 — June 23rd — The inventor of the first printing press. That led to people being able to read widely, which led to greater knowledge overall. Eventually, it led to the Internet and lots of books about tea!
  14. National Pink Day — June 23rd — Steep your tea in a pink teapot and drink it from a pink teacup. Woo hoo!
  15. Swim a Lap Day — June 24th — You’re gonna need this if you overindulged on National Chocolate Éclair Day!
  16. LEON Day — June 25th — LEON, which is NOEL spelled backwards, marks the point on the calendar that’s six months away from Christmas. Get your gift list ready!
  17. National Chocolate Pudding Day — June 26th — For those of you who celebrated Swim a Lap Day, you get double helpings!
  18. Sun Glasses Day — June 27th — Slip on a pair to cut down on the glare from your cup of hot tea or glass of chilled / iced tea.
  19. Waffle Iron Day — June 29th — Give yours a real workout. While you’re at it, fry up some crispy bacon and steep up a big pot of your favorite morning tea!
  20. Meteor Day — June 30th — Just make sure one doesn’t fall on you. Have some tea and watch the skies at night to see if any of these meteors (also called “shooting stars”) appear.

These should keep you busy during June. Pick a different tea for each occasion!

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Wedgwood Wild Strawberry Mug

Wedgwood Wild Strawberry Mug

Once again it is time for you to join me as we mystically attune ourselves to the month of June and sip the tea of insight to reveal the leaves of fortune.

The first symbol I discerned was a strawberry, which predicts coming changes in your life and pleasure. Then, there was a car, which means good fortune. This is the month for sitting driving tests, not getting completely screwed by car salesmen and good returns on grand theft auto.

Further along there was a beetle, which is a sign of scandal, followed by an acorn, which means success (as it was towards the top of the cup, this will be financial success). Whoever it is you’re blackmailing is likely to pay up soon. It’s worth exercising caution, however, as the next symbol was an axe, which means possible danger. This was followed by a skull which means death so we can upgrade that to probable danger! Maybe send a henchman, hired mercenary or expendable friend (depending on the scale of your operations) to collect the money.

Next we have a boat, which means safe refuge, so it would be prudent to make sure you can extort enough money to buy a yacht big enough to lay low on for a little while.

Further around the cup I found a fish, which means good things from across the sea, and a daisy which represents happiness in love. Next was a cup, which is a reward for hard work. It seems that you are going to meet someone special on the high seas and, after all of that time and effort spent parting other people from their money and dodging retribution, you can both lie back for a while and enjoy your ill-gotten gains, safely ensconced in international waters.

Finally, we have a gun, which warns of arguments within you family, and a moustache and a square, which means either comfort or the need for caution. How we read this depends on our interpretation of the word ‘family.’ Either you should be tactful and comforting when talking to a relative about their new choice of facial hair or, more likely given the previous advice, a man with a moustache is a mole in your operations. You will most likely have to shoot him before he leads the police to your safe house/boat.

In summary, June will be a risky month for organised crime, but it’s likely to pay off.

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