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DIY Christmas Decor and Gifts with Zesta

Christmas Tea

Christmas is a time of sharing, joy, celebration, lights, and amazing festivities. There are many ways of spreading all that with your loved ones. Some of the more popular ways are by adorning your home with vibrant Christmas lights and features and inviting your loved ones for a meal. Maybe even for an evening of carolling and storytelling with warm cups of Zesta tea for everyone. But what if we said that you can decorate your own home with our products as well?

Our products can be used as great material for DIY Christmas decorations for your home, making it all the more unique. Here are just some simple DIY ideas you can use for this Christmas.

Christmas Tea Tree

Christmas tree decorations are always a sight to behold, especially when you are doing it with your family. Why not make that family time even more special by making DIY Christmas tea trees as well? They are simple and quick to make and do not require any special material for it.

What you will need:
  • Styrofoam cones
  • Individually wrapped Zesta teabags
  • Glue
  • Cylindrical mache box or homemade cylindrical cardboard box
  • Wooden stars
Method:
  • Take the individual tea bags and apply a thin line of glue on the back of it, and then attach it to the base of the cone (hold it in place until it sets).
  • When you apply the subsequent teabags, make sure you slightly overlap it over the one that was just pasted. This is to cover up the styrofoam underneath.
  • Keep repeating the process until you reach the top of the cone.
  • Glue the cylindrical mache box or the cylindrical cardboard box to the base of the styrofoam cone, so it can make a unified stump and stand on its own.
  • Insert a small weight inside the box for more stability.
  • Glue a wooden star at the top once the tea tree is complete.

And just like that, when teatime comes, all you have to do is carefully rip one from the tree to make a fresh cuppa. Since it is meant to resemble a Christmas tree, Use a mixture of Zesta Green Tea and Zesta Strawberry Flavoured Black Tea to make it reflect the traditional red and green colours of Christmas. Nothing can go wrong with a DIY decoration that dispensers Pure Ceylon Teabags!

Christmas Wreath

Another great decoration that is synonymous with the season is the wreath. Make your one unique by including some teabags in it. These types of homemade Christmas decorations serve to be aesthetic and functional pieces as well. Here is how you can make one.

What you will need:
  • Two pieces of 12×12 cardboard
  • Red and green patterned paper
  • 24 clothespins
  • Glue
  • Red ribbon for hanging
Method:
  • Glue the two pieces of cardboard together.
  • Cut the cardboard into a circle and cut a smaller inner circle to make it look more like a wreath.
  • Cover your cardboard circle with patterned paper and glue it.
  • Glue some patterned paper to the clothespins as well.
  • Once this is done, glue the clothespins on the circle, evenly spacing them out.
  • Make sure the clothespins face the outside of the wreath when glueing them.
  • Tie the red ribbon on the wreath for hanging and clip your favourite Zesta tea bags on each of the pins.

Voila! You have made your very own Christmas wreath that is a perfect ornament that is a fitting addition to your home. The inclusion of your favourite Zesta tea bags makes it all the more special since it allows you and your guests to easily pick and choose what they want to brew.

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A Fruity Iced Tea Recipe for Winter

Fruity Ice Tea

Have you ever heard of people drinking iced tea during winter? It may come as an odd preference for many, but it is quite a popular beverage. There are many iced tea recipes out there that would make your winter days enjoyable, however, we will be taking a popular holiday recipe; an orange pomegranate iced tea. Without further ado, let’s get started with the ingredients and how you can make it at home!

Winter Orange Pomegranate Iced Tea Ingredients (for 6 servings):

  • 3 cups fresh spring water
  • 1 orange (sliced into quarter-inch slices)
  • 3 inches broken cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 teabags from Zesta ORANGE FLAVOURED BLACK TEA – 25 TEABAGS
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (or to your liking)
  • 12 orange wedges
  • 6 lime wedges
  • Wooden skewers
  • Ice cubes

Method:

  • Combine the water, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and the cloves to one saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add the orange flavoured teabags, and let it steep for around 5 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and strain the tea mixture into a fine-mesh strainer.
  • Remove the cinnamon, cloves and orange slices from the mixture.
  • Combine the tea mixture with fresh orange juice, pomegranate juice, sugar to your liking, and stir till it dissolves.
  • Cover the mixture and put in fridge for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • When serving, serve the chilled tea mixture in tall glasses with ice cubes in them.
  • Place 2 orange wedges and a lime wedge on skewers for each glass.

Voila! Your orange pomegranate flavoured iced tea is ready to be consumed. The ideal time to have such a great flavourful beverage is when you are having guests over at your place to enjoy the festivities. It is sure to bring joy and happiness to anyone who drinks it.

Best Time for Consumption

This variant of flavoured iced black tea is a great beverage you can have throughout the day, however, the ideal time to have it is during the morning and evening hours. Moreover, this tea is perfect for corporate and private gatherings.

Health Benefits of Iced Black Tea

Regardless of the season you consume the beverage, iced black tea such as the one mentioned above has several health benefits. Some of them are:

  • Helps in maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.
  • Prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in the guts, thus enabling a healthy digestive system.
  • Assists the body in maintaining a healthy blood circulatory system, which in turn, helps in maintaining a healthy heart.
  • Tea is known to control blood sugar levels (Only if you consume without sugar).
  • The beverage is also known for having amino acids that can boost the mind and mood of an individual.
  • Tea is also known to aid in weight loss, due to the low calories in the beverage.

In a traditional sense, iced tea may not be a norm during the winter months, however, with its health benefits and flavourful notes that would complement any hearty meal at a gathering

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What is Orange Pekoe and What Makes it Special?

Orange Pekoe Tea

Have you ever wondered how your fresh cup of black tea gets its exquisite taste, aroma, and colour? You may have looked at the packaging and probably seen two prominent symbols and wondered why they are so prominent in the first place. One is probably the mark of ‘Pure Ceylon Tea’, and the other is ‘Orange Pekoe’. 

Pure Ceylon Tea refers to the fact that the leaves were grown, plucked, and processed in Sri Lanka. However, it is the Orange Pekoe part that is linked to the taste and aroma. But how?

What is Orange Pekoe?

This does not mean that the tea is going to give an orange flavour. This is a way of grading the leaf. Orange pekoe or OP is the highest grade of black tea which is predominantly produced in the South Asian regions namely, Sri Lanka and India. Once the leaf has been graded as orange pekoe after harvesting, they are withered, rolled, heated, and fermented. Most OP teas are referred to as black tea, but there are instances where oolong tea is also made from the same leaves.

Why call it ‘orange pekoe’ though? Firstly, the ‘orange’ is associated to the Dutch royal family, who were from the House of Orange. When it was first brought to Europe by the Dutch East India Company, only the best leaves were kept for the royal family. Once it was introduced to the public, vendors would include ‘orange’ in it to show that these are the same leaves preferred by Dutch royalty.

The ‘pekoe’ term originates from China. Since these leaves were plucked from the youngest Camellia Sinensis plant, they often had distinct down-like hairs. The Chinese would call these leaves ‘pek-ho’, hence the present day term. 

What Makes it Special?

Since orange pekoe is the highest grade for any black tea like that of ZESTA CLASSICAL BREW : KENILWORTH PEKOE, there are many special features, including some health benefits. 

Special Characteristics

While OP is an umbrella term for the highest graded tea leaf, some subgrades are based on certain characteristics of the leaf. Some of the popular subgrades are;

  • Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP)
  • Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (GFOP)
  • Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP)
  • Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP)

These are leaves which goes into making exquisite teas and is only sold in loose-leaf format to avoid any mixing or spoiling. Certain broken leaf teas also fall under the OP grade as well such as;

  • Broken Pekoe (BP)
  • Flowery Pekoe (FP)
  • Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (FBOP)
  • Golden Broken Orange Pekoe (GBOP)
  • Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (GFBOP)
  • Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (TGFBOP)

Are there differences in these gradings? Well, yes. ‘B’ would mean broken and produces a stronger flavour when brewed. Having ‘F’ would mean that the tea is of high quality and includes the buds of the plant. The ‘G’ would mean that there is a high ratio of golden buds. A simple way to remember this is through the number of letters. The more letters there are, the more premium the leaves are.

Health Benefits of Orange Pekoe

The best thing about OP is that it helps maintain a healthy body and mind.

  • There are high antioxidant properties in the OP leaf, especially in the form of flavonoids. Which is why most black teas made from the leaf help reduce free radicals and restores damaged cells in the body.
  • Although further research has to be conducted, the polyphenols and flavonoids are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases, reduce cardiovascular problems, and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  • The antimicrobial properties of OP tea are known to aid in keeping a healthy digestive system, which is linked to healthy metabolism and overall immunity.
  • There is also evidence to show that OP helps in maintaining a healthy mind. The caffeine and L-theanine amino acid in the beverage have a synergistic effect on the mind to stay focused.

Now that you know what orange pekoe is and its special features, why not try it yourself? Go ahead and choose from a wide range of OP Zesta Ceylon Tea. Whether it is flavoured or traditional black tea, you are guaranteed an amazing experience.