I have been an avid tea drinker since 2015 after my stint at Teavana. I drink at least 3-5 cups of tea a day. A younger me would be astounded. I hated hot drinks growing up but like most things that I have hated growing up in my life, I have grown to love a hot cup of tea.
While procrastinating this morning I came up with the idea of matching some of my favorite teas to the books I have read and am currently reading.
Please enjoy some quality tea and books content!
Black Cask Bourbon Tea has been one of my favorite black teas the past couple of month. Harney & Sons Black Cask Bourbon Tea and The Black Gods Drum go perfectly together. Though I have never been to New Orleans (It’s on my go-to destinations list) I feel like this tea gives me Steam Punk New Orleans Vibes.
I rarely go for sweet teas but I can be swayed with a quality mint combination this next tea Pomegranate Mojito green tea would be spectacularly paired with a sweet graphic novel. Zesttea is supposed to be a highly caffeinated tea brand and anything that helps me stay away from coffee is pretty good in my book.
French Super Blue Lavender while may be a turnoff for some because of its similarity to lavender fragrance is in fact a turn on just like my soft king Vaughn from Harbor by Rebahka Weatherspoon tickles my fancy. I love me a calming yet strong smelling herbal tea. Who doesn’t want to feel like they are surrounded by a field of lavender? Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by a lovely and handsome Vaughn?
Thorn by Intisar Khanani had a dream like quality to it that had me transfixed and in love with the writing style. My goose girl was more than capable and reliable young girl than what she was given credit for by her family. Pomergranate Oolong is a favorite because it has a soft yet sweet flavor and is my go to when I am having stomach cramps. These two compliment each other really well.
Lapsang Souchong is one of the weirdest teas in existence. It tastes like ashes and wood fire. That being said I love it. It is only right that is is paired with our horrifying yet loving Rin from The Dragon Republic by R.f Kuang. If you know, you know.
This pairing was a little bit more difficult because I could not think of what would go perfectly with The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. It is a book about Caribbean folklore, family and friendship. I loved the description of their island so much it made me feel like I was on an island while reading it. Also her delicious oranges and fruit made me want to go back home to Puerto Rico and pick some fruit from la finca. This book would go perfectly with a honey citrus tea.
Peppermint tea while not caffeinated can wake you up on smell alone. This strong scented tea goes perfectly with Rage becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly. You need a tea that will wake you the fuck up like Rage Becomes Her will wake you up.
When the romance is SPICY your tea should be too. I don’t create the rules I just enforce them. This next pairing is a homemade Chai with a very spicy romance. I enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed reading Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. A friends to lovers novelette that has you squirming in your chair.
BONUS CHAI RECIPE
5 Black peppercorns
6 Cardamom pods
3 Anise stars
1/2 inch- 2 inches of ginger
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Brown sugar however much you want
AND SMASH SMASH SMASH
Boil some of your favorite milk I like oat or coconut
add spices and black tea if you want it caffeinated
let it steep for 5 minutes and then strain it into your favorite mug