First came BB creams, then came BB treatments for your hair, and now there's a BB drink for beautiful skin from the inside out. The Kusmi Tea BB Detox ($16-$20) is the latest launch from the luxury Parisian tea company's wellness teas. In this case, BB stands for beauty beverage. Maté and green tea are key ingredients that help flush toxins from your body — and its largest organ, your skin. Green tea is also well known for its strong antioxidant powers, and it's blended with dandelion and rooibos for added skin protection through vitamins A and C and alpha hydroxy acids, respectively. Lastly, hydration is essential to glowing skin, which is why this delicious tea helps you get your necessary water intake in a calorie-free yet delicious way. Plus, this herbal blend is great hot or cold, so this will be one you reach for all year round.
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up or are looking for a beverage to pair with pad thai and other Southeast Asian dishes, the answer is simple: a frosty glass of Thai iced tea. Sweet and aromatic — Thai tea blends black tea leaves with warm spices like vanilla bean — it's nearly impossible not to love. Watch the video to see how chef Jet Tila makes this comforting beverage, and then print out the recipe.
If I had to pick a desert island dessert, these salted chai caramels very well may be it. Two perennial favorites (chai tea and caramel) combine for a sweet that is both over-the-top decadent and comforting at the same time. Chewy, well-spiced, and sweet, but never cloying (thanks to a heavy-handed dusting of fleur de sel), these are easily the best thing to come out of my prolific kitchen in months.
Yes, making caramels is a time-intensive proposition, but with this recipe, it's a near foolproof procedure, provided you use a candy thermometer
Brewing a cup of tea seems like a no-brainer proposition on the outset, but as anyone who has suffered through a bitter, oversteeped cup can tell you, to do it well requires a pinch of know-how. If you have the packaging for a particular variety of tea, reference that first to determine its ideal brew time and temperature; otherwise, try our handy reference guide below.
Want to reference it next time you're brewing a pot of tea? Download it, print it out, and post it on your refrigerator so you'll never have to look it up again (or, just bookmark this page)!
Matcha green tea powder, the finely ground Japanese green tea has infinite uses, both savory and sweet. Start off traditionally by learning how to brew a tea latte. From there add the powder to various recipes like marshmallows, salad dressings, and even bundt cake.
There are many health benefits to both coffee and tea — disease-fighting, metabolism-revving, and memory-boosting benefits, to name a few. But in order to maximize these health benefits, there may be a few tweaks you should be doing to your morning routine. Read on for the dos and don'ts for making your morning cup of coffee or tea even healthier!
With whimsical packaging straight out of a children's picture book (literally), it's easy to write off The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Blue Tiger Tea ($11) as a brew best suited to the under-10 set, but don't discount it quite yet. A herbal blend of lemon myrtle and malva flower, with a dash of raspberry flavoring added for good measure, this tea is fruity, bright, and equally as refreshing sipped hot or poured over ice.
We love it as an afternoon pick-me-up: its strong citrus-like flavor invigorates, while a fruity element satisfies cravings for a sweet treat. Try a cup for yourself if you're fond of lemongrass, lemon myrtle, or lemon itself — its flavor reminded us of an all-natural, slightly grassy take on Lemonhead candy.
If you're feeling bloated and lethargic, you may have heard of drinking dandelion root tea to cure that puffy, overly full feeling. But is imbibing a steaming mug of a bitter-tasting common weed really the key to feeling your best?
Many people use dandelion root to detoxify, relieve constipation, soothe an upset stomach, and help shed water weight, among many other health remedies. In fact, tea made from the dandelion's root or leaves has been used in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine for centuries; now, even Dr. Oz has jumped on board, recommending dandelion tea as part of his 48-hour cleanse to help your liver release toxins while you sleep.
There's even some limited science to back up those ancient claims. Studies have shown that dandelion does contain diuretic and liver-detoxifying properties, and promising new research is looking into whether dandelion root has cancer-killing properties as well. A small lab study in mice even found that hot water dandelion root extract reduced alcohol-related liver damage in mice. However, scientific research has not been able to prove all the claims about dandelion root and health, and more research is needed.
Even so, medical experts regard dandelion use as generally safe — rare side effects include upset stomach and diarrhea — making dandelion root tea a good option if you're looking for ways to detox and debloat. Be sure to note the warnings about who shouldn't ingest dandelion root, however, and find a reputable, high-quality brand you trust (we like the Roasted Dandelion Root Tea from Traditional Medicinals). Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medication as well, since the weed can interact with some medications, such as lithium, certain antibiotics, and drugs that are broken down by your liver. And note that dandelion tea can have laxative effects, so try it out at night if you've never had it before.
Things I've learned so far this Summer: sipping on a glass of crisp and fruity Riesling makes hot days without air conditioning worlds more bearable. Fish sauce is an excellent and surprisingly subtle addition to everything from sweet-leaning salads to simple weeknight pastas. (It's my go-to "secret" ingredient of choice these days.) And you can make a granita out of (nearly) anything liquid. My go-to version of this icy, flaky treat takes inspiration from another Summer favorite, the Arnold Palmer.