Barefoot Beach Teas

Barefoot Beach Teas

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Barefoot Beach Teas

I got the idea about 3 years ago to create a nice tea and have it look like the beach.  I even thought of putting some sort of seashell candy inside of the tea so that when you came across it you will squeal with delight at finding a pretty sea shell in your very own beach tea.  Hopefully, reminding you of that time long ago when you were on vacation at the beach and finding pretty beachy shell souvenir’s to take home and show your friends.

My original thoughts were to just make one type of tea, a sandy colored tea.  But I then realized that I would like to create a Varie-tea.  🙂  But as I put more thought into it, I realized how great it would be to make several teas and have them look like my most favorite beaches.  For example, here in Florida we have bright white powdered sand.  (Hence, a coconut tea.)  On some of the beaches in Hawaii, where we lived for 13 years, they have sandy colored thick sand beaches, as well as black sand beaches, and there is even some green colored sand beaches.  The black sand being powered volcanic rock on The Big Island and the green sand beach of Papakolea Beach, also located on The Big Island of Hawaii, it’s gets it’s green color from the Olivine sand eroding out of the enclosing volcanic cones. 

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At this Barefoot Beach Tea debut I still have a few more teas to add as I get around to it.

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Here are my Coral Beach and Sandy Beach Teas

with little Candy Sea Shells.

The Beach in a Jar

How many of you collect sand from the beach when you go on vacation? 

Perhaps placing it into a jar to bring home?  Well, that was my inspiration.

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My Sandy Beach Tea

This tea I based on that tall bottle full of sand and shells you see in the photos, top and bottom.  It is the sand that I collected from our beach when we lived in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.  Our home was right across the street from the beach.  Granted, there was a Marine barracks blocking our view of the beach but, we would walk a block away and enter our beach from there.  I collected that sand in several bottles to bring with us when we moved back to The Mainland.

I Decorated the Jars With Shell Stickers

This is a Ginger Tea, Meant to be Consumed Hot

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Coral Beach Tea

Based on a Lovely Pinkish Coral Beach

This Tea is Meant to be Consumed Cold

 

My Old Beach Diary and Classic Shades, Along with my Sandy Beach Tea

Our Sandy Beach Tea is a very Healthy Ginger Tea

(I gave this gift along with some Ginger Cookies.)

I like the presentation of the teas with the jars upside down so that you can see the candy sea shells on the “beach.”

Just place 1, 2, or 3 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water. 

The ratio’s are up to you and your personal tastes.

If you find you would prefer them sweeter then add more sugar.  But I do ask that you learn to enjoy them as they are and not loaded with sugar.  Besides, lots of sugar makes you stupid and we are surrounded with sugar in all of our foods and beverages as it is. 

So, let’s try to enjoy something that is not as sweet.

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Welcome to Cocoa Beach

Think Fancy Organic Hot Chocolate

I decorated the jar lids with some beach glass that I found in Hawaii.  Candy sea shells inside, but I also do like to give this tea as a gift with some coconut cookies and mini marshmallows.

This is a Healthy Hot Chocolate

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Our Russian Tea

(On top of Brodie’s old I SPY Sand Castle Puzzle that I found in our Garage)

This recipe goes back to when Gordon was 11 years old and attended his very first square dance in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with his brother Jeff, and sister Heather.  A lady was serving Russian Tea and Gordon loved it so much he asked her for the recipe and she gave it to him.  It’s been a Whann tradition ever since.

Enhancing our Russian Tea with some Nautical Rope and Knots

Lovely Gift of Tea

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Some of the Ingredients We Used

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The Beginnings of Making the Teas

(I wanted to include my star fish bowl and some of my shells.)

When it came to the making of these teas I pretty much had it in my mind the ingredients that I wanted to use, I just didn’t know how they would taste together?  But, that was the fun part.  Putting the ingredients together and coming up with something that passed the taste test, but that was also healthy. 

In this Covid 19/Cold and Flu Season I wanted these teas to be something that would help to heal the sick.  Sooth that sore throat.  Give that boost to the immune system.  And not necessarily give in to your sweet tooth cravings.  For these teas are more about your health than your sweet pleasures.

Organic Ginger Powder, Organic Cocoa, Cocoa, Organic Acai Powder, Powdered Sugar, Coconut Water Powder, Watermelon Powder Tea, and Organic Pomegranate Powder

Organic Maca in Photo Top Right

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The Powdered Pomegranate tends to harden quite quickly when exposed to air. 

Remember that.

You will need lots of clean jars and lids.  We washed the jars in the dishwasher but didn’t touch the insides.  I did hand wash the jar lids and seals by hand and let them dry. 

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Welcome to Sandy Beach

Ingredients:

3 Cups Powdered Ginger

(If you aren’t a big fan of Ginger then you may want to reduce the amount here.)

2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar

3 Cups Unsweetened Tea

3 Cups Sweet Tea

2 Cups Organic Maca

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Ignore the dry milk in the photo left, that didn’t go into this tea but the Nestea Sweet Iced Tea did.

Nestea Unsweetened Iced Tea

Organic Powdered Ginger

Just place all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl…..

…then TASTE.

Here we are adding a bit more of this, and a bit more of that….

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Adding the Confectioner’s Sugar….

I wanted to use Confectioner’s Sugar in these teas because I thought it would add to the texture.

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Now place the Tea into the jars…….

And add a few Sea Shell Chocolates.

You don’t have to place the shell chocolates into the hot tea when you make it.

You can just snack on them as you find one.

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Spooky and Sparky

Cute Sleepy Doggy Break

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Welcome to Coral Beach

(I wanted this tea to be consumed iced cold on a hot day.)

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Ingredients:

7 Cups Powdered Coconut Water

3 Cups Watermelon Tea

3 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Organic Pomegranate Powder

1 Cup Dry Milk

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Making The Coral Beach Tea

 

Photo left:  Our Organic Coconut Powder and Watermelon Tea.

Photo right:  Our Confectioner’s Sugar and our Organic Pomegranate Powder

Combining all of the Ingredients to a Large Mixing Bowl

This Organic Coconut Powder was Wonderful!

This is an ingredient that we would like to see how we can use it in other recipes.

The Organic Pomegranate Powder Dries Fast so add to Recipe Quickly

Adding Our Watermelon Tea

Powdered Milk helped to make this recipe a bit creamy. 

I also recommend keeping Dry Milk in your pantry.  It has come in handy quite a few times during our self-isolation when we would run out of fresh milk.

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Adding our Confectioner’s Sugar

Stir to Combine….

Time for a Taste Test

Then When Satisfied…

Time to Place into Jars and add the Candy Shells

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Making Our Organic Cocoa Beach Tea

This is a Healthy Organic Hot Chocolate

We topped the jars with some Candy Shells and some Shredded Coconut.

Everything Ready to Make This Tea

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Organic Cocoa and Acai Powders

This Acai Powder has so many health benefits. 

Gordon and I need to find other ways that we can consume it in the future.

Ingredients:

7 Cups Cocoa Powder

3 Cups Acai Powder

2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar

2 Cups Organic Cocoa Powder

3 Cups Powdered Milk

3 1/2 Cups Powdered Coconut Water

5 Cups Granulated Sugar

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Combining All of Our Ingredients into a Large Mixing Bowl

We did use a combination of Organic Cocoa Powder as well as regular Cocoa Powder.

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The Confectioner’s Sugar

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The Last of our Powdered Coconut Water Being Added

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All of this Powdered Coconut Water is giving this drink a lovely coconut flavor.

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Mix Together…..

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Now It’s Time for a Taste Test

Needs More Granulated Sugar

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Now It’s Time to Create our Jars

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Here Gordon got the Idea to Add Shredded Coconut to Some

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Deliciousness  🙂

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Another Cute Doggy Break

When Blankets are Right Out of the Dryer  🙂

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Making Russian Tea

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A Gordon Whann Tradition

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Ingredients:

2, 18 oz. Orange Tang

2, 18 oz. Pineapple Orange Tang

3 oz. Jar Nestea Unsweetend Iced Tea Powder

3 Cups Nestea Sweet Iced Tea Mix with Lemon

3, 6 oz. pkgs. Orange Jell-O

2.37 oz. Cinnamon

3 Tbsp. Ground Cloves

2 Tbsp. Nutmeg

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Add your Orange Tang, and Orange/Pineapple Tang to a large bowl.

Then add your Unsweetended Nestea Ice Tea powder to the bowl.

Now, add your Sweetened Nestea with Lemon to the bowl.

Then add your Jell-O to the bowl.

Here, we were thinking about making 2 batches of Russian Tea then saw that all the ingredients would fit into the one bowl.  This is why I am adding additional Tang to the bowl.  The initial recipe ingredients are correct to make this entire batch of tea.

Mix all the ingredients together using a slotted spoon.

Here you see the spices involved in making this tea.  These do not dissolve into the mix, so it is important that you don’t put too much of these into the mix.  They are important though to give the tea that holiday spiced flavor.

Add your Cinnamon to the bowl.

Now the Cloves and Nutmeg to the bowl.  Stir all the ingredients together well.

Here you see all of the clean and sterile jars and lids.

Use a large ladle and funnel to pour the tea into the jars.

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Here you can see all the jars we were able to make. 

These make great gifts for anyone.

Here, Julie dressed the jars with some pieces of white line or rope.

  What a simple detail to dress the jars up nicely!

Russian Tea automatically makes me think of Christmas and is one of our holiday traditions to drink this around those winter months.  Julie even sent me some when I was deployed overseas which helped both my mood and spirit with a taste of home.

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See you at the beach!

Julie and Gordon