Monday, June 26, 2006

A green tea punch for shifting into low gear

Here's a simple recipe for green tea punch.

Forgiving the recipe's author for even suggesting bagged tea as a possible substitute for true loose-leaf tea, use a heaping teaspoon of Mellow Monk to make an 8-ounce cup of extra-brisk green tea. The tea should be stronger than usual since it's going to be diluted with fruit juice. We still want to taste the green tea, do we not?

Also, notice the recipe calls for "boiled water, slightly cooled." How perfectly British, dahling. But I like that--because there's no need to worry your li'l ol' head about exact water temperature. Heat the water until it starts to boil, then turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes, with the top of the kettle off or the top of the electric kettle open or whatever. We want the water to cool off a little bit, so we don't scald the tea, but we don't have to stress about the exact temperatures.

After all, green tea is all about relaxing.

—Mellow Monk

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