Win an Afternoon Tea Hamper!

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week we're giving away a wonderful Afternoon Tea Hamper from our friends at Devon Heaven.

The hamper contains everything you need for a classic Devonshire Cream Tea at home: award-winning scones and strawberry preserve from the Devon Scone Company, real Devon clotted cream from Langage Farm, and a box of our Blend Selection of teas. Also included is some traditional clothbound Devon cheddar from Quicke's, savoury biscuits from Hillside, and chutney from Otter Vale.

To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful hamper, just visit our competition page and answer the question correctly — good luck!

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Richard Heath
How To Make Floral Ice Cubes

These long glorious days with the subtle hints of perfumed flowers each morning and evening also mean that our favourite flower, lavender, is in full bloom. Just walking a few steps into a garden, it’s pretty easy to see and smell that gorgeous purple blanket; and what a site it is!

Here at Devonshire Tea we love lavender for its versatility. Known for its distinctive smell as well as its soothing and relaxing properties, it’s the perfect flower to use year-round.

With the past month being one of the hottest months on record we spent as much time outside as possible whilst keeping those cool drinks flowing, yet we found we got tired of the same old ice cold drinks.

This month we decide to up our alfresco game and created our very own floral ice cubes. Perfect everyday or for a party, this is a super easy way to capture the season and add a bit of creativity to any summer beverage. Follow these few simple steps for creating the perfect floral ice cubes!

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  1. We always suggest using edible flowers if you are wanting to eat them. We used culinary lavender which is fine for consumption. You can buy edible flowers from your local farmers market or online, we recommend Greens of Devon.
  2. Place flowers into each ice cube compartment, making sure they are as flat as possible. We also used gypsophila in our cubes for a decorative effect.
  3. We suggest using boiling water as it doesn’t crystallise as much, meaning you will be able to see the flowers much more clearly.
  4. Place level in the freezer for a minimum of 15 hours, and be careful when removing the ice cubes from the tray.
  5. Add to your desired drink, and enjoy!

These lavender ice cubes are the perfect addition to a tea party, wedding, or any special occasion. We used ours in tonic water – a refreshing drink ideal for these hot summer days.

We’re keen to try mint next!

Earl Grey G&T for World Gin Day

To celebrate World Gin Day this Saturday 9th June, we’ve put together an exquisitely British Earl Grey Gin & Tonic using our Devonshire Tea Earl Grey.

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Our Earl Grey is a fragrant blend of teas from ethical estates in India, delicately-scented with the citrus aroma of Bergamot.

Gin and tea are two of our favourite things, so we thought that World Gin Day was a perfect excuse to pay homage to our two favourite pastimes.

Did you know…

The Earl Grey blend is supposedly named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s and author of the Reform Bill of 1832. He was said to have received a gift of tea infused with bergamot oil.


Ingredients

For the Earl Grey syrup:

  • 3 x Devonshire Tea Earl Grey teabags
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

For the cocktail:

  • 50ml Gin of your choice (we like Salcombe Gin)
  • 200ml Tonic of your choice (we like Luscombe’s)
  • Ice & lemon for garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Pop your glasses in the freezer.
  2. To make the Earl Grey syrup, put the Devonshire Tea Earl Grey teabags, sugar and water in a pan and simmer for 15-20 mins on the hob until the mixture thickens and becomes slightly syrup-like.
  3. Take a chilled glass and add some ice. Add 50ml of gin, 200ml of tonic and as much syrup as you wish, depending on level of flavour you desire.

Enjoy!

 

We always love to see how you drink your tea, especially in a cocktail! Don’t forget to share your creations by tagging @devonshiretea

Richard Heath