I was first drawn in by the names of the tea blends from Tiesta Tea: names like Citrus Midnight, Sexy Hot Christmas Tea, Momma’s PB&J, and Naughty or Anise.
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And this tea, which I am reviewing here is Fruity Pebbles!
Yes, I am one of those people who do get swayed by the cover of the book, by wine with saucy names and dancing animals on the labels. In the case of this Fruity Pebbles Tea, it is much more than just a name that brings a smile to my face. It is a tea that is quite tasty!
It is a loose leaf tea blend that includes green tea, pineapple, strawberry and rose petals. The green tea is the backbone of the tea, giving it body and little shot of caffeine. The fruity bits bring delicious sweetness and lively flavor.
I love too that this loose tea is rugged in texture, with leaves and rose petals and fruit pieces all visible. Even before hot water touches this blend the aroma is intoxicating.
Tiesta Tea was founded by two friends who became enchanted with freshly brewed, loose leaf tea blends while traveling abroad. Once home they began creating their own blends and selling them at farmer’s markets. Their company now has over 40 blends made with various types of tea such as black, green, oolong and herbal. The blends, depending on their flavor profiles contain a slew of intriguing fruits as well as unexpected ingredients like pink peppercorns, coconut, sunflower petals and chocolate.
The Fruity Pebbles tea is of course perfect just as it is intended to be consumed: piping hot or the brewed tea poured over ice.
Because I like to take things and turn them into other things, I also used the chilled tea to create this cute refreshment: the Fruity Bubbles Cocktail! The tea brewed from the Fruity Pebbles blend has a lovely, golden hue.
The blackberries I used to garnish this drink are to call out the sweet blackberry leaves used in the loose tea. The deep purple of the blackberries also looks beautiful contrasted with the golden tea. With the addition of bubbly champagne, it is a fruity and refreshing sipper! The recipe is below.
Tiesta Tea is available to order online at their website here, and is also in select grocery stores and now in Costco stores (#CostcoLivesLoose !) Check the store locater on their website to find some of these unique loose tea blends near you!
Fruity Bubbles Cocktail
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Fruity Pebbles tea, Tiesta Tea brand
- 6 ounces boiling water
- 6 ounces chilled champagne
- 4 whole, fresh blackberries
- Place the loose Tiesta tea in an infuser, and put it in a heatproof Pyrex measuring cup. Pour the boiling water over the tea and allow it to steep for 3 minutes. Remove the tea from the water. Place the brewed tea in the refrigerator until chilled.
- Have two champagne flutes ready to go. Divide the chilled Fruity Pebbles tea between the two flutes. Top each with the champagne and drop two blackberries into each flute. Serve immediately.