Blink and you may have missed it, but we are officially in spring. Last Thursday, March 19th, was the spring equinox. Spring in New York is notoriously short. We’ve each had many conversations with customers in-store where we joke about only being able to wear certain items for two weeks before it becomes full-blown summer.
Spring, especially in NY, is a beautiful and fleeting reminder that everything is temporary. Everything, both good and bad. <3
We want to celebrate and usher in this new season with a little post before it passes us by.
We’ve put together a list of spring inspired drinks for you to try out. It’s our little way of bringing spring indoors. Our resident DJ, Lara, has also put together a springtime playlist which you can find at the bottom of this post.
Hope you enjoy these spring “tonics”. Has anyone elses liquid intake quadrupled during this whole WFH situation?
SZEKI: GINGER + HONEY “TEA” IN THE HOPES OF BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
This recipe is super simple. My CPH store team member, Mariann, showed me this. She describes it as her immunity boosting daily tonic. I love that!
However much ginger you please
1-2 slices of lemon
1 teaspoon of honey
- Grate the ginger into the cup / glass / mug.
- Pour boiling water into it. Steep for 3 mins, then add some slices of lemon.
- Stir in some honey. A shot of whiskey is optional. :)
SHIRLEY: LAVENDER MATCHA LATTE
I decided to spruce this matcha latte up with some floral notes to celebrate the arrival of spring. I recognize these ingredients and equipment might not be available to everyone during self-isolation. If that's the case, you can skip the lavender or simply bookmark this for later.
1 teaspoon matcha powder
¼ cup boiling water
¾ cup milk (I like to use oat or cashew milk)
½ teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon dried lavender flowers - optional
- Boil water. At the same time, heat up milk in a separate milk pan. I like to add some lavender flowers into the milk at this point. Let both water and milk boil separately.
- Add 1 teaspoon matcha powder to a bowl. Once water has boiled, pour ½ cup into the bowl. Using a matcha whisk, whisk the matcha until powder has dissolved evenly.
- Add honey to your favorite mug. Pour in the whisked matcha.
- Once the milk has boiled, turn off the heat. Strain the milk if you used lavender. Then pour straight into the mug with the matcha and honey.
- Stir to mix well.
- OPTIONAL: I own a $7 handheld milk frother from Target and it’s great! It’s really fun to use whenever I make this drink. Once I’ve mixed everything, I just froth up the milk in the mug. It’s no matcha cafe quality, but it’ll do.
JULIA: ROSE EARL GREY TEA
This isn’t much of a recipe because I generally eyeball everything, but it’s super simple to make this tea if you have the right ingredients on hand. Organic rosebuds for brewing tea can be found at local tea shops or farmers markets, but also very easily online. Full rosebuds are nice to have in the pantry because you can brew them with any tea and create a rose version. Add a little milk and you can have homemade rose milk tea too <3
+ earl grey tea
+ organic rosebuds
- Boil water -- Let the boiled water cool a little bit, so you don’t over brew the tea
- Pour your earl grey loose leaves into your tea infuser. I usually eyeball about half of the infuser (For one cup, maybe about 1 TBSP) And then pour in the same amount of organic tea rose buds.
- Pour water over and steep for 2 min
LARA: BLOOM #7115WFH
A springtime playlist, to bring the outdoors in. Listen to it here.