Sara / Beginning with Bergamot
Exploring the world of tea with recipes, reviews and pairings + practical tips on wellness, happiness and living a balanced lifestyle ☕️✨ Oakland, CA

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Chai Apple Fizz
This cocktail combines all the magic of champagne with the warm, cozy flavors of fall. It's made with just two ingredients — champagne and an easy-to-make apple shrub infused with chai tea! It's the perfect light and refreshing cocktail for a cozy holiday brunch or dessert.
Sparkling Apple And Chai Spice Cocktail
Chai Apple Fizz! This cocktail combines all the magic of champagne with the warm, cozy flavors of fall. It's made with just two ingredients — champagne and an easy-to-make apple shrub infused with chai tea! I used Masala Chai from @townshendstea It's the perfect light and refreshing cocktail for a fall brunch or dessert.
Earl Grey Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Alright friends. It’s cocktail time! Earl Grey Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail. Yes. It’s rich, warm, fruity and completely delicious. I think it’s the perfect cocktail to drink as summer turns into fall. I used Victorian Earl Grey tea from @teahaus_annarbor which has rosemary and lavender in it. Yum. And I used Bulleit bourbon because… well, because it’s my favorite. Highly recommend trying this cocktail out before summer is officially gone.
✨Magic Golden Wellness Tea✨ For some reason in my 20’s, I swear my immune system has gotten worse. 🤒☕Recently when I've gotten sick, I'll just make myself a batch of this Magic Golden Wellness Tea, and I swear I usually start to feel better within a day. 🍠🌿🍋 It has lots and lots of fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, peppermint tea plus a little lemon. I think it tastes absolutely delicious on top of being a great tool to fight colds. This recipe makes a concentrated batch of tea so you'll have plenty to last.⠀ .⠀ 👉 Get the full recipe plus info on the the healing properties of these herbs on the blog. (link in profile)⠀ .⠀ 🙏 One of the things I want to explore more in 2018 is how I can use healing herbs to my advantage not only for cold relief but also for increased energy and to naturally help relieve stress and anxiety. The history of herbs is so rich with knowledge and I’m hoping to tap into Ayurvedic and other traditional herbal medicine practices and share them with you though tea, oils, capsules — whatever is working for me.
Guess what?? It's time for CHAI TEA PUMPKIN MACARONS ??? These babies are bite-sized autumn bombs for your mouth. The cookie uses ground up chai tea to get the full chai flavor (I love using spicy Saigon Chai Tea from @davidstea). Then just add creamy pumpkin buttercream ? This was my first time making macarons so you'll also get the tips and techniques I found for making your macarons look perfect (after many batches of testing). ??: Get the recipe and tips in my profile.
HELLO FALL ?? I've missed you. If chai lattes are your go-to cozy fall drink, I've got news for you — this cozy ALMOND ROOIBOS tea latte is about to be your new autumn drink. ??☕️ It's a magical concoction made with Alpine Punch rooibos tea from @davidstea (hello almonds, apple, cinnamon, coconut chips, ginger, cardamom, black pepper and rose blossoms ?)⠀ .⠀ Get the recipe #ontheblog (link in profile!)
Have you tried this Earl Grey Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail yet???? It's my favorite tea cocktail to drink as summer turns into fall... rich, warm, fruity ? Apparently the internet agrees also cuz this baby has almost 7k repins ?? #noshame #pinterestforthewin ⠀ .⠀ Want to try this baby out? Recipe below. Full Pin-able post in my profile ?⠀ .⠀ INGREDIENTS⠀ 1½ oz bourbon⠀ 1½ oz chilled Earl Grey Tea (I prefer Victorian Earl Grey tea from @teahaus_annarbor)⠀ ½ oz shot simple syrup⠀ 1 blackberry⠀ ½ oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur (optional)⠀ Garnish with a blackberry and a sprig of rosemary⠀ .⠀ DIRECTIONS⠀ 1. Muddle blackberry with simple syrup. Crush out as much blackberry juice as you can.⠀ 2. Add bourbon, Earl Grey tea, Pear Liqueur if using and ice. Stir until very cold.⠀ 3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a coupe glass.⠀ 4. Garnish with a blackberry and a sprig of rosemary. (If you want to be fancy, poke the sprig into the blackberry and lay across the top of your glass.)
I drink #greensmoothies on the daily and created this healthy tropical green smoothie which is perfection? This smoothie blends juicy pineapple and mango with the warm goodness of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Matcha green tea from @zenteimatcha rounds out the flavors ? Get the recipe below ? or the full recipe in my profile!⠀ .⠀ INGREDIENTS⠀ 1 cup spinach⠀ 1 cup coconut milk⠀ 1 tablespoon almond butter⠀ 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon cinnamon⠀ ½ teaspoon matcha powder⠀ ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper⠀ ½ cup frozen mango⠀ ½ cup frozen pineapple⠀ ½ frozen banana⠀ .⠀ DIRECTIONS⠀ 1. Combine spinach, coconut milk, almond butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, matcha powder and cayenne pepper in your blender. Blend until smooth.⠀ 2. Add frozen mango, pineapple and banana. Blend again until smooth.⠀ 3. Pour into your favorite glass and finish with a fun and funky straw.
I'm saying goodbye to Summer with this Chamomile Paloma ?? I love a refreshing Paloma so I decided to make it even better by adding: 1. Chamomile-infused tequila (easy!), and 2. Pamplemousse La Croix... because duh.⠀ .⠀ Recipe link in my profile ?
Now that summer is almost gone, it's official ?hot? in the Bay Area. Luckily this SUPER EASY Strawberry Limeade Slushie requires zero effort: ? Frozen strawberries. ? Limeade Twist tea from @teavanatea. ? Mint. Okay fine, the mint is optional! I don’t want to burden you! I did use the phrase “SUPER EASY”, did I not? Yes, I did. Recipe below ? and in my profile.⠀ .⠀ INGREDIENTS (2 servings)⠀ 2 cups frozen strawberries⠀ 1 cup water⠀ 1.5 tbs Teavana Limeade Twist tea (about 10g)⠀ 3-4 mint leaves (optional but awesome)⠀ .⠀ DIRECTIONS⠀ 1. Brew water with Teavana Limeade Twist tea. Let cool.⠀ 2. Combine cooled tea, frozen strawberries and mint leaves in a blender.⠀ 3. Blend until smooth.⠀ 4. Serve with a fun straw.