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Infuse-a-Palooza With Our New Tea Infuser

April 18, 2016

I’m generally a coffee-drinker, but following a string of over-caffeinated mornings that left me shaking at my desk, I’ve been looking for a lighter replacement. Enter our new Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser – a unique to-go bottle with exchangeable attachments that allow you to enliven your teas with tang and spice. The infuser includes:

• Steeping basket – perfect for loose leaf or bagged teas
• Reamer – get those juices flowing!
• Grater – a two-piece attachment that lets you flavor your tea while keeping the grated fibers locked away, (no floaters!)
• Bottom compartment – anything you can’t juice or shred can be chopped up and placed in here.

It’s called the Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser Bottle, but don’t let the name limit you – a whole produce aisle of fruits, roots, and veggies awaits! I journeyed to my local grocery store and put five flavor fusions to the test.

Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser | UncommonGoods

Apple & Coconut White Tea

In the steeper:  1 pure leaf white tea bag, 1 large pinch of coconut flakes

On the grater:  1 crisp apple (I used a Pink Lady)

Coconut flakes give this tasty infusion a little tropical flair. I used sweetened coconut, and honestly, I went a little overboard on the first attempt.  Next time I’ll buy unsweetened flakes, or, if I’m feeling adventurous, a whole coconut that I can crack open and grate into my tea instead.

As for the type of apple, the choice is yours.  I recommend selecting something crunchy enough to use on the grating plate, and just a bit tart to balance out the sweetness of the coconut.

Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser | UncommonGoods

Carrot & Ginger Green Tea

In the steeper:  1 green tea bag

On the grater:  1 whole carrot, fresh ginger root to taste

Careful – it’s easy to get ginger-happy with this one.  The infuser’s unique grater allows for a big kick of spice, while keeping the ginger root’s dense fibers from floating in your tea.

The carrot provides a light earthy and nutty flavor, but too much ginger can quickly overpower it.  I only used one carrot, but you could easily go for two.

Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser | UncommonGoods

Ginger & Lime Green Tea

In the steeper:  1 green tea bag

On the grater:  fresh ginger root to taste

On the reamer:  ½ of one large lime

Ginger and lime – a zesty and delicious combination.  As with my previous recipe, what starts as a ginger hint can quickly escalate to a ginger SMACK, so grate at your own risk.

The bold flavors in this infusion are perfect for a sleepy-morning wake up, or a mid-afternoon zing. (You can also chill your tea and add a splash of vodka for an evening elixir – I won’t tell.)

Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser | UncommonGoods

Kiwi & Lime White Tea

In the steeper:  1 pure leaf white tea bag

On the reamer/in the bottom compartment:  ½ of one lime, 1 whole kiwi

Warning – this one is messy, but worth it.

Ever tried to juice a kiwi?  I hadn’t. Turns out it’s more like smushing than juicing.  To avoid the extra cleanup, I recommend chopping the kiwi into pieces, and placing them in the infuser’s bottom compartment.  They’ll stay contained, but still give your tea a tangy dash.  (Plus, you can eat the tea-soaked kiwi bits later. They’re delicious.)

Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser | UncommonGoods

Orange & Grapefruit White Tea

In the steeper:  1 pure leaf white tea bag

On the reamer:  ½ of one grapefruit, ½ of one orange (I used a Cara Cara navel)

Summery, citrusy, and oh-so-tasty, this infusion would make a refreshing treat on a warm day.  The grapefruit I bought was a little big for the reamer, so I recommend juicing slowly, over the sink.  I’m sure a regular orange would taste just as delicious, but I couldn’t resist the lovely red color or the sweet cherry notes of the Cara Cara.

I hope this inspires you to experiment with concoctions of your own using our tea infuser. If you do, please leave your favorite recipes in the comments so that I can try them too!

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