The Larkin Tea Blog

"If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you."
-William Ewart Gladstone

The Winner Of the 2019 Tea Cozy Competition

By Judy Larkin | Aug 21, 2019

Congratulations goes to this year’s winner – Jessica Andruss of Charlottesville, VA shown here holding the public’s favorite tea cozy – Summer Catnap. “You made a really fun competition and I enjoyed seeing pictures of all the cozies that people had made,” said Jessica. This year we received 53 entries from all over the United […]

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How To Make Tea Infused Gin & Tonic

By Judy Larkin | Aug 7, 2019

The British have always been big gin drinkers and the always popular highball cocktail, gin & tonic, has long been a standard drink especially during the summer months. It’s being enjoyed by drink lovers around the world as it enjoyed a resolute renaissance. The juniper elixir is now produced in all corners of the globe […]

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Combat Loneliness With Tea With Friends

By Judy Larkin | Jul 9, 2019

Three Dog Night once sang “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” It’s been 50 years since that song was released, and yet the line still resonates today. Although we are more connected than ever through texting and social media, we have become lonelier human beings. Being lonely Earlier this year, MDLinx, which […]

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How Tea Helps Roses

By Judy Larkin | Jun 20, 2019

Nature is wondrous. Every element in it helps the other in nature. The sun helps the trees, which in turn feeds the air. And so, the circle continues every day. If you think about it, then, using tea leaves to help in the growth of roses shouldn’t be that strange at all. Both tea and […]

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Why Do We Put Ice In Tea?

By Judy Larkin | Jun 8, 2019

This month as we raise our glasses to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, thank Frederic Tudor. Although in 1795, South Carolina grew the first crop of tea in the U.S, it was Boston-born Tudor who commercially produced the ice with which we use to chill our tall glasses of tea. In the early 1800s, Tudor […]

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Time for Tea Cozy Contest

By Judy Larkin | May 5, 2019

There is something nostalgic about a tea cozy. In a world where we’re constantly on the go, we should make more time to slow down. We need to  take time to sip tea and chat with friends long enough that we need to keep our tea pot warm under a tea cozy. Knitting also has […]

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How To Host An Easy Afternoon Tea

By Judy Larkin | Jan 14, 2019

Would you like to host an afternoon tea but don’t have the time or inclination to spent hours in the kitchen? The following menu has been planned around items that are readily available at any supermarket. Just remember that nothing sticky or too moist should be served. Bite size is the right size. Everything should […]

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How To Store Tea

By Judy Larkin | Nov 4, 2018

If you are buying expensive teas and not storing them properly …. You are wasting your money. Teas that are vacuum-packed or in sealed tins have a life of about two years. Once opened, it should be stored in an opaque, air-tight container and kept in a dry, dark place as light and heat will interfere […]

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Clouds In Your Glass? (Cloudy Iced Tea)

By Judy Larkin | Oct 21, 2018

As people experiment with iced drinks, many are frustrated by cloudy iced tea. “Clouding” refers to the opaque, fog-like appearance of a tea’s liquor that sometimes occurs after brewing. It is generally seen as a negative quality because people assume that tea should be completely transparent. Some believe that cloudiness is an indication of poor […]

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