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How To Brew “The Rosy Persian”—Our Black Tea Cocktail

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Searching for uniquely delicious tea-cocktails, I’ve tasted a lot of brews. Each tea adds distinct flavor and character. I love infusing our Jasmine Green for a floral burst, Tolstoy’s Sip for deep smokiness, and  Earl Grey for citrus brightness. But my hands-down holiday favorite is a cold-brew infusion of vodka and our California Persian Black Tea. This magical combination of baby wild roses, citrusy bergamot and orange, and savory cardamom pods produces an amazing vodka tonic drink.

We call this drink “The Rosy Persian” and we brew it by the gallon for private events and parties.

  1. Pour 1 liter of the highest quality vodka you can find over 4 tablespoons of California Persian Black Tea.
  2. Steep in the refrigerator 8-12 hours.
  3. Strain out the leaves.
  4. Pour 1 ounce over ice in a cocktail glass, and add 2 ounces of tonic water.

Here’s to a happy holiday from me and the rest of the crew at Samovar Tea Lounge!

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Tea with Tony Hsieh: Jasmine Pearl, Blood Orange Puerh

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If you own a pair of shoes, sneakers, or sandals you probably know about Zappos.com. Or, if you read the great book Delivering Happiness, then you also know Zappos.com. In this episode I meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of this amazing company that offers so much more than just shoes. We aren’t at Samovar in this episode, so there’s no tea. However, if we were drinking tea, I would have brewed Blood Orange Puerh for Tony,  and Jasmine Pearl for me. Tony is a really inspiring guy, so listen to his insights on what makes Zappos so special, and what it means to be happy at work, and in life.

Note: the video is edited down to 10 minutes, but you can listen to the full 30 minute audio interview on iTunes. Continue reading Tea with Tony Hsieh: Jasmine Pearl, Blood Orange Puerh