When the weather gets hot, nothing tastes as refreshing as a cool glass of iced tea. Iced tea is simple to prepare at home. Here’s a quick recipe to use whenever you need to cool down with when the weather gets hot:
- Steep 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water, for 3 minutes.
- Add lemon, sweetener, or milk if desired. (Do not add milk to hibiscus tea blends or tea with fresh lemon, since the milk may curdle.)
- Pour over ice: First remove leaves if using a tea ball or teabag. Or if steeping tea loose, strain into a heat-tempered glass of ice.
You can also blend half iced tea and half lemonade for your own twist on an Arnold Palmer–or muddle some fresh mint and berries for a refreshing cooler.
Any tea tastes great over ice. In addition to Creamy Earl Grey and Blue Angel, a few of our favorites include Peach & Apricot, Jasmine Green Tea, and Creamy Caramel Rooibos.
The Secret Garden is good friends with another Garden in the neighborhood: VanDusen Botanical Garden. We even created a special VanDusen Blend Black Tea for them.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the Botanical Garden – perhaps even bring your High Tea To Go for a picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting!
Benefits to an annual membership at VanDusen Botanical Garden include unlimited visits to the Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory (except during special events), discounts at participating garden stores and other retailers, discounted tickets for special events at VanDusen, and more.
VanDusen is committed to promoting the appreciation of nature, and educating all generations about plant conservation, biodiversity, and sustainability. We hope you’ll consider supporting this very worthy cause, because we love Gardens of all types!
“Summer is you, me and brandied tea at twilight.”
Sunday was the first day of summer, and that means it’s time for iced tea! Visit our shop to try these two refreshing teas:
Iced Creamy Earl Grey: Our best-selling black tea blended with bergamot and vanilla, with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Iced Blue Angel: A sweet and tangy caffeine-free melange of caramel, apples, hibiscus, and cornflower petals.
Iced teas come with one free refill. And just ask if you’d like us to provide you with simple syrup to sweeten your cup!
Pacific Post Partum Support Society is one of the local nonprofits that Secret Garden supports. Above, Erin and Kathy are pictured with director Sheila Duffy (center) at the Society’s annual fundraising dinner on May 27.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years.
Their treatment model is based on the philosophy of mothers supporting other mothers. And the organization has a strong network of volunteers, partners, and staff who help them reach out to 3,500 mothers and families per year. We’re proud to support a group that makes such a difference in the lives of families around B.C.!
In our last email newsletter we asked you to tell us who you would share High Tea with. We were touched and inspired the stories you shared! Here’s one customer’s tea story:
Patti and Brenda have known each other their whole lives and their fathers were best friends since 1937. Both ladies love tea and have had many happy tea times together over the years. They even exchanged teacups which belonged to each of their mothers.
The two no longer live in the same city, but sometimes they get out their special teacups, brew up some tea, and have a tea party together over Facetime!
We love how tea can bring friends together, even over long distances. We hope you’ll have the chance to connect with someone special over tea this month!
The ONE TO ONE Literacy Society is a nonprofit dedicated to providing one-on-one reading assistance to elementary students. This year they celebrate their 25th anniversary, with 300 volunteers working with over 1,000 students in 70 schools across the Vancouver area.
Each year The Secret Garden caters ONE TO ONE’s Volunteer Appreciation Tea. We’re honored to support such a worthy organization and be part of their volunteer celebration!
Pictured below, clockwise: Secret Garden treats; ONE TO ONE board and staff; guest speaker Alix Hawley, author of All True Not a Lie In It (left) with Executive Director Mary McGivern; and volunteers enjoying tea and treats.
Do you have a favourite tea you drink all the time? We sell our loose teas in bulk 500g bags which gives you 10% off the retail price! We also offer our Teabag Teas in bulk 200 count packs.
For online orders, you can also try a $2.50 sample of any loose tea (each sample makes about five servings of tea). Enjoy a bulk discount on your go-to teas and find some new favourites in our online tea shop!
Some good things must come to an end. The teas below will be discontinued once they sell out in the next few weeks. If you love these teas, now is your last chance to stock up:
Angel’s Dream Black Tea
A heavenly blend of Maple, Blackberry, Green Tea and Indian Assam Black Tea.
Buy Angel’s Dream
Mango Green Tea
Green tea blended with juicy mango and pineapple. An exotic complement to a chutney turkey sandwich, vegetable quiche, or other buttery delights.
Buy Mango Green
Wild Strawberry Green Tea
Sweet strawberries blended with green tea. Pairs wonderfully with mild dishes such as lemon-buttered halibut or berry muffins.
Buy Wild Strawberry
Secret Garden Bukhial Assam
Bold, full-bodied black tea from the Assam region of India. This tea brews up a rich coppery red, and is perfect with milk and sugar.
Buy Secret Garden Assam
“The sweetest hospitality starts with a cup of tea.”