For the Love of Tea… and Pumpkin…

The changing of the seasons is such a boost -- the temperatures, the clothing, the colors, and the flavors!

This weekend along with the not-so-subtle chill in the air, I noticed the crunching of those first fallen leaves on the walk and was overcome with the urge for… pumpkin spice.

I fight this feeling every year but now there is no denying that Autumn has come and with it my “Fall” for pumpkin spice.

So…The Sweet Tease case is full of everything pumpkin… cupcakes, scones, lattes, and of course, tea.  

Have you tried pumpkin spice tea?  Yes, there are pumpkin spice teas –which offer the warmth and flavors of pumpkin without all the artificial flavors and calorie dense sweeteners.  Yes! A pumpkin treat with 0 sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners, 0 calories!

If Chai Tea lattes are your thing, try Pumpkin Chai.  Our version is a black tea, with a carefully blended mix of spices including ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, apple, and rosehip pieces steeped in heated milk sweetened and topped with foam… YUM!  Do we need a better reason to #GatherAndIndulge?

If you find yourself in the mood for a pumpkin spice latte at home, you can try our tasty and healthier take on this treat.  

  1. Start with 1 cup of milk (we like this with unflavored almond or coconut milk, but use your favorite), and gently heat to just shy of boiling.  

  2. Remove from heat and add an unflavored tea (we use 2 teaspoons of a black loose leaf tea, or you might try 2 teabags of your “go to” black tea) directly to the milk and steep for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the tea, return the pan to medium heat, and whisk in: 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon organic maple syrup, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

  4. An optional dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin spice (or a few chocolate shavings), makes this a party.

Of course, we are all about inclusion, so for those coffee lovers among us, we’ve tried lots of pumpkin recipes and landed on this as our favorite.  

  1. Combine 1 cup unflavored almond milk, 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and gently heat to just shy of boiling.

  2. Whisk in 4 oz of strongly brewed coffee (or 2 shots of espresso).    

Whichever is your preference, we think the tastes of the season will delight you.      

Remember, sharing is caring!  Gather and indulge...together.

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