PG Tips tea


I usually don’t blog a lot about tea here but this morning, I made some PG tips tea and thought that I should share my love for this brand of tea. Although the tea looks more like tea dust than leaves, it brews a strong and flavorful cup. PGTips also makes one of the first pyramid tea bags that I’ve ever used. I love my tea brewed strong with cream and sugar or just condensed milk. Somehow condensed milk adds to the creaminess and sweetness without diluting it. It’s also a typical way of making tea (or coffee for that matter) in Southeast Asia.

PGTips celebrates their 75th birthday this year with a special golden blend. I need to get my hands on it.

Hot Toddy

These wintery evenings and the lingering cold has had me sipping a hot toddy before bed. This popular cold remedy from days of old has quickly become a favorite of mine. There’s just something about the combination of heat and alcohol. It warms me up, soothes the throat and calms me down for bedtime. I love how some describe it as a way to “loosen the spirit”.

For me, it’s just been a boon.

Mum & Dad’s Hot Toddy

Ingredients
1 shot of brandy/congac or whiskey
1 squeeze of lemon
1 tsp of honey (depending how sweet you like it)
4 oz of hot water

Mix it up, and sip on it then sink into it.

The recipe on BBC’s site seems to be a lot stronger so really, it’s how strong you like it. There are no hard and fast rules, just how much your spirit needs loosening.

Pomegranate Cosmo


Everytime I come around to Friday, I feel like I need a drink. I know I’m not alone but sometimes a girl just needs to learn how to relax, unwind and forget about the week.

The next week looks like it’s going to be less hectic but I would probably need a drink then too.

Anyhow, this last Friday, I made myself a pomegranate cosmo from my cranberry-infused vodka [remember it?] with some pom juice, a squeeze of lime and stirred with some ice cubes.

Perfect.

Cider

applejuice.gifAfter my dental appointment today, I stopped by the hospital cafe to grab a quick bite. I picked up some really not-so-good sushi rolls and a bottle of fresh apple cider. It’s my current favorite I think. You can really taste the apples, as opposed to clear apple juice that is just more sweet than apple-y.

In other news, my brother and his family leave today. I’ll miss them but they will be back really soon.

Hic*!

Where in Seattle do you purchase your liquor?

WBW #4: New World Riesling

I’ve been wanting to participate in this event for a while now [thanks Derrick for hosting this round] and missed Wine Blogging Wednesday #3 [Australian Shiraz] by a hair’s breadth. I even got the bottle of wine but just didn’t get to drink it by the deadline. I did however consume that bottle of Shiraz with Turkey Day dinner. Anyhow, here I am, having enjoyed this lovely Riesling [which incidentally is my favorite kind of wine].

For $9.99, I picked up Yalumba’s Y Series Riesling 2002. I have to admit, what first attracted me to this bottle was its label.

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The label is a picture of a wild olive tree:

The wild olive tree on the Yalumba Riesling label reflects the family’s long-held belief that with good wine there should also be good food – a belief reinforced by the regular cooking schools held at the winery.

Some tasting notes from their site indicate that 2002 was a good year for white wine:

Pale straw in colour with green hues, Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2003 shows classical varietal character offering aromas of grapefruit and lemon peel and delicate floral overtones. The palate is lively and refreshing with
generous lemon and grapefruit flavours, and a hint of tropical fruits on the
finish.

What I think:

I’ve mostly had late harvest Rieslings and assumed that this wine would be sweet too but it was very citrusy and quite refreshing. It was dryer than most Rieslings but a good accompaniment to an oily fried fish and tater tots meal. There was also a distinctive spicy note after. I would recommend this wine to those who prefer dryer wines and have stayed away from Rieslings because of their sweet reputation.