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How to make a cocktail with Jasmine tea

Inspired by our delicious Rosy Persian tea-cocktail, we wanted to share this simple Green tea cocktail recipe with you. As with California Persian or Earl Grey you can also infuse vodka with Jasmine Green for a floral burst. This cold-brew infusion of vodka and Jasmine Green makes an amazing vodka tonic drink with notes of sweet jasmine […]

Rosie Palmer Lemon Iced Tea Recipe

It’s 1960 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado. A man steps up to the bar and orders an iced tea with lemonade. Nearby, a woman recognizes him as he walks away and says to the bartender, “I’ll have that Palmer drink,” inadvertently launching the iced tea phenomenon known as The Arnold Palmer.

Read on to learn more about our take on this classic drink and how to make it at home.

How To Make Cold-Brewed Teas

Learn how to cold-brew your tea for a refreshing, end-of-summer treat. Lindsey shares the know-how for this cool and easy brewing method.

There’s Only One First Time: A Samovar Oolong Tradition

Oolong tea can be dangerous. Lilies explode in full bloom… Autumn leaves fall in the woods… Tree-ripened peach juice drips down your chin… The aromas and flavors weave together in beguiling combination. An experience with oolong lingers in your memory like a lover’s kiss.

How To Brew Gyokuro, An Expensive Green Tea That Is Worth Every Penny

As you explore the world of tea, you’ll come to a point where you want something more. Something more exotic. Something that surprises. Something so delicious that your worries melt away leaving you squarely in the present moment, a cup in your hand and a smile playing on your lips. That’s when it’s time to […]

How To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Tea

We’re Here When You’re Ready For More Tea is about slowing down and becoming more present. Tea is about paying attention to the little things because in the end, that’s all there is. Continue Your Tea Journey Engage all your senses as you learn the art and practice of tasting tea. Check out the entire […]

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

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 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 […]

How to Make Masala Chai

Chai simply means “tea” in Hindi, and masala chai means “spiced tea”. Popular in India, where street vendors are kept busy serving up cups of masala chai all day long, this 5,000+ year old drink originated as an Ayurvedic tonic. Ginger to remove toxins, cinnamon to aid digestion, cardamom to improve circulation, and much more. […]

5 Steps to the Ultimate Russian Tea

In most cases, brewing the perfect cup of tea is as simple as adding boiling water to a couple tablespoons of tea and steeping for 15-45 seconds. While Russian tea needs a little more finesse, we’ve distilled the process to the essentials and the result is a superb black tea recipe that will dramatically improve […]

How To Make Frozen Tea Treats

Stay cool with frozen tea treats. Get ideas for how to make some amazing gourmet tea popsicles, tea granitas, and tea ice cubes that are just soooo cool!

Cool Sweetness: How to Make Iced Tea Lattes

Love your tea latte? Learn how to make one at home that will far exceed any box-store bought one. Lindsey lays out the steps to making a tea latte that won’t kill you with sugar but will cool and delight you!

Chilled Teas – When it’s Hot, Serve it Cold

Tea  tastes great hot or cold. During the warm summer months, our chilled teas are some of the most popular drinks on the menu. Here’s a quick intro to making your own refreshing chilled teas. “The slow way”: brew your tea as you normally would, add sweetener such as  coconut palm sugar if desired and then […]

How to Make a Matcha Shake

The Soy Matcha Shake has been a longtime favorite at the Lounges. Now we’re excited to make the Samovar Sweet Matcha Shake Mix available through our online store. To make a matcha shake: Combine five ice cubes, one heaping tablespoon of Samovar Sweet Matcha Shake Mix, and eight ounces whole milk, soy milk, or almond […]

How to Taste Tea the Samovar Way

One of the great things about tea is that it taps into something very basic, human, and elemental. Good tea stimulates all of the senses. All of them. Perhaps tea is so profound because, let’s face it, everything boils down to sex.  Sight, sound, smell, touch, taste. Tea is in fact very sensual. It touches […]

Organic Green Ecstasy Matcha and Sencha Green Tea Blend

How to Brew Green Ecstasy

Green Ecstasy green tea is a new Samovar classic. A creamy, brothy, caffeinated-chlorophyll hit of deliciousness. Matcha-infused first flush Asamushi sencha to impart joy in every sip. To Brew this tea: 1) Use delicious (filtered or spring) water, a “side-handled” Japanese kyusu teapot, and a decanting pitcher. 2) Add 1– 2 tablespoons of tea leaves […]

How to Brew Sencha Green Tea

Suggested tea and tea ware: Nishi Green Tea Samovar Vivid Brewpot Lotus Tea Cups Bamboo Tea Tray

How to Brew with a Gaiwan

Here is how we like to use this gaiwan (start with these guidelines, and then experiment on your own): * Pre-warm the cup by adding some hot water to it, and then discarding that water * Brew the tea directly in the cup by adding 2-3 tbsp of dry leaves * Awaken the leaves. For […]

Simple Brewing Tips For You

As whole leaf begins to replace the standard tea bag, one major question arises: How do I brew this tea?  There are hundreds of methods out there, some ancient, some new-age.  Here at Samovar, we don’t believe there is ONE correct style.  In fact, we encourage creativity and innovation of brewing methods.  It’s all good […]

How to Brew Tea

The Three Pillars of The Perfect Brew: Tea, Temperature & Time. If you’ve read How Tea is Made, then the next question is perhaps, “Ok, how do I make a cup?”. This art involves the balancing of three variables: amount of tea, water temperature, and steeping time. Since flavor is subjective, only you can determine […]

How to Brew Masala Chai

Our Organic Masala Chai has people from all over the Bay Area coming to the Lounges for that cozy, creamy, and dreamy experience. Our secret Masala Chai blend was created from a combination of several collected family recipes from across India.We use only organic whole spices and organic, whole-leaf black tea. The resulting drink is […]

Magic Matcha: From Tea Leaf to Green Tea to You

From Process to Ritual Mystery hovers over this magical tea. Although not the most popular of green teas, it is likely the most exotic. Matcha’s unique processing begins with a shade grown tea leaf, yielding an intensely green, chlorophyll infused leaf. Once dried, the leaves are pulverized to dust between two large granite plates. The […]

How to Make Tea Ice Cream

This Labor Day Weekend, wow your friends with cold and oh-so-delicious Tea Ice Cream. Lindsey shares tips on how to make creamy-cool tea treats.

Watermelon Tea Cocktail Recipe

Lindsey shares another of her delicious tea cocktail recipes. Serve up a Watermelon Tea Cocktail at you next end-of-summer shindig.

Stir It Up: Tea Punches – Something Cool for Summer

Liven up Summer’s celebrations, BBQs, and Picnics with Tea Punches. Lindsey shares the history of punch as well as some ingredient suggestions for alcoholic and non-alcoholic Tea Punches.

Water for Tea (Part III)

Jennifer concludes her series on water for tea and gets into all the ways tea masters know when the water is ready to make a great cup of tea… for every type of tea.

Water for Tea (Part II)

Jennifer continues her blog series about the importance of quality for brewing delicious tea.

Water for Tea (Part I)

Jennifer brings our attention to the elemental ingredient in great tea: water. “Before tea there is water. While you invest time and money to procure great tea, you might also want to consider your investment in “gathering” and brewing water for tea.

How to Buy Tea

Choosing teas from the seemingly never-ending selection can sometimes be daunting. Let Samovar Tea Lounge guide you through the maze of different teas and help you learn about what makes a good tea.

Samovar Staff Speak Out: How to Spot Your Own Sweet Darjeeling

  Julian, one of our most esteemed tea gurus talks tea, and dating and how to best blend the two! You can learn so much about a person by what kind of tea they order. Don’t get me wrong – I was definitely a peppermint Stash kind of guy when I walked into Samovar for […]

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