Top Five Cold Weather Drinks

It’s that time of year where whatever we find ourselves drinking, whether it be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, we want it to be warm. That’s where our friends at Kusmi Tea come in. We’ve been obsessing over their delicious concoctions since we photographed Eva Chen at the gorgeous Champs-Élysées store in Paris last year. We’ll admit, the only thing we love more than amazing tea is amazing tea packaging, and Kusmi boasts both (yes, when it comes to products, we do sometimes ‘judge books by their covers’).

It turns out that Kusmi has been in a Christmas kind of mood. They’ve recently debuted a new Tsarevna Tea inspired by the Tsarevna daughters of the Tsars who used to journey to St. Petersburg for their yearly Christmas Tree Celebration. We’re no experts in Russian history here at The New Potato, but we couldn’t help but step up to the challenge of creating our own cozy concoctions using the new tea. Spoiler alert: one of these will get you tipsy…but it’s one hot toddy so that’s okay…

RussianSbiten

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– 12 ounces water

– 2 scoops of Kusmi Tsarevna Tea, in a tea strainer

– 1/4 cup fresh blackberries

– 2 TBSP Honey

In a small sauce pot, combine water, blackberries, and honey. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.  Steep the tea in the hot water for 2-3 minutes.

Cranberry Kissel

cranberry-tea-recipe

– 12 ounces water

– 2 scoops of Kusmi Tsarevna Tea, in a tea strainer

– 1/4 cup fresh cranberries

In a small sauce pot, combine water, and cranberries. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Steep the tea in the hot water for 2-3 minutes.

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Apple Cider

apple-cider-recipe

– 8 oz water

– 4 oz Apple Cider

– 2 scoops of Kusmi Tsarevna Tea, in a tea strainer

– 1 Honeycrisp apple, cut into wedges

– 1-2 Cinnamon sticks

– 3 Star Anise Pods, whole

In a small sauce pot, combine water, apple cider, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Add apples and tea. Steep the tea for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple wedges.

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Russian Christmas Tea

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– 12 ounces water

– 2 scoops of Kusmi Tsarevna Tea, in a tea strainer

– 1/4 cup fresh cherries, pitted

– 2 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish

In a small sauce pot, combine water, cherries, and mint sprigs. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Steep the tea in the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and cooked cherries.

Hot Toddy

hot-toddy-recipe

– 12 ounces water

– 2 scoops of Kusmi Tsarevna Tea, in a tea strainer

– 4 ounce Bourbon, optional

– 1 TBSP Lemon juice

– 1 TBSP Honey

– 1 strip of lemon peel

– Lemon slices studded with whole cloves, for garnish

In a small sauce pot, combine water, lemon juice, honey, and lemon peel. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Add bourbon and tea. Steep the tea in the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with lemon slices.

*Photographed by Alli Shepherd. Sponsored by Kusmi Tea.