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Joules touchdown in London

Posted 16th July 2015 by Sarah

Joules touchdown in London

It's an exciting time for our pals over at Joules - If you hadn't heard, they are launching a brand spanking new store in London this month, and guess what - we'll be right there with to them to help celebrate the big event (..any excuse for a party!)

We'd really love as many of you as possible to pop along to the new store to help show support, but just to make it even more tempting for you, Joules have kindly set up a few exclusive offers for teapigs customers - have a gander below to find out all the details for their glitzy event:

“Joules is coming to Northcote Road! 

We’re more than pleased to announce that we’re opening a store on Northcote Road on 30th Thursday July  (at 09.30 to be precise) And we’re excited that our friends at teapigs will be there with us as we throw open our doors for the first time.

The self-confessed tea-addicts will be sticking around all day, offering refreshments (in the form of quality tea, of course) and what’s more all teapigs customers will also receive a free scarf worth £20 when they spend over £30 on the day (by quoting the secret word ‘teapig-joules’ at the till. All customers will also get 15% off on the day, plus they’ll also be live music, giveaways and nibbles.

So add this date to your diary and come and see our new AW15 collection at 84 Northcote Road, Clapham, London SW11 1PA. We think it’ll be just your cup of tea.”

Clothes, tea, freebies, secret passwords, music AND nibbles?! You’d be mad not to go! We hope lots of you will join us in celebrating this fab new addition to Northcote Road!  

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the teapigs cocktail

Posted 16th July 2015 by Sarah

the teapigs cocktail

As much as we love a good cuppa, we are more than aware that sometimes you just need something a little bit stronger. That’s why it is with great pleasure we can unveil some of our favourite tea-based cocktails..because let’s face it, the only thing that can elevate tea to even greater heights, is the addition of our good pal, booze.

One of our favourite recipes has to be the Sipsmith sundowner - conjured up by the lovely guys at Sipsmith, using – yep, you’ve guessed it – our very own super fruit tea temple!

Sipsmith sundowner

40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml super fruit tea syrup

2 lemon wedges

2 orange wedges

1 grapefruit wedge

For the super fruit tea syrup

500ml water

500g sugar

3 super fruit tea temples

How to make:

  1. First make the tea syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a pan. Simmer and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add 3 super fruit tea temples. Let the liquid rest until it has reached room temperature (about 30 mins). Then, remove the tea temples and transfer to a bottle and keep in the fridge til you’re ready to use it 
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze the orange and lemon wedges in to it. Squeeze the grapefruit wedge in to it too and drop it in to the shaker. Add the gin and tea syrup. Shake well. Strain in to a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist or zest.

 Not a fan of gin? Fear not – take a look at some of our other favourite recipes which combine the fabulous worlds of tea and booze!

Matcha martini

1/2 teaspoon matcha powder

2 teaspoons cane sugar (or light agave syrup)

80ml vodka

splash apple juice

How to make:

  1. Whisk matcha and agave in to a little vodka
  2. Pour into a shaker full of ice, add the remaining vodka and the apple juice and shake shake shake
  3. If you want to get fancy - rim a martini glass with sugar, pour in the cocktail and decorate with lemon or mint. If it's too strong, add a little sparkling or soda water.

 Camomile Fizz

 Ingredients

 10-15ml Tea Pigs Camomile Tea Syrup

15ml Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Cold Sparkling Wine / Champagne

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Lemon Twist and camomile flower.

How to make:

Shake syrup and Vodka, double strain, top with sparkling wine/ champagne

 It's fresh, floral and tastes of summer. Great aperitif style drink that is elegant and light.

Mint and Match

Ingredients

 40ml Tanqueray Gin                   

20ml pressed apple juice

20ml fresh lemon juice

12.5ml Sugar syrup

¼ tea spoon teapigs matcha tea

8 mint leaves

Top with Soda

Glass: Sling Glass

Garnish: Apple Fan, mint Sprig and a Matcha dusting

How to make:  

Add Gin, lemon, apple juice and sugar syrup to mixing glass. Add tea and slap mint leaves and drop in. Shake hard with cubed ice for 4 seconds and strain into an ice filled sling glass. Top with a little soda.

Herbal, zesty and punchy gin married with deep intense green tea pungency of tea pigs matcha tea all rounded off with cooling mint and apple and a lick of citrus. The ultimate summer tonic style drink. It’s clean, cooling and fresh with all the goodness of matcha green tea as well.

Early Times

 40ml Grey Goose Citron Vodka

½ ripe peach

15ml sugar syrup

20ml lemon juice

40ml very strong cold teapigs earl grey tea

20 ml cranberry juice

1 slice of orange

Glass: Sling Glass

Garnish: Peach slice, zest of lemon and orange

How to make: 

Add peach to mixing glass and muddle. Next pour in Vodka, lemon juice, cranberry juice, sugar syrup and tea to mixing glass. Add orange slice and fill with ice. Shake hard with ice for 4 seconds and strain into an ice filled sling glass.

This drink is tall, cool, light and slightly tannic. It’s a great combination of silky sweet peach and dry cranberry with all the citrus and bergamot of the tea bursting through.

And Voila - there you have it, some fab cocktails to keep you going through all those long summer nights! The great thing about teapigs cocktails is they are completely adaptable to your own taste – have a read of our fave iced tea recipes, and if any take your fancy, you can always add a splash of your favourite tipple!

We’re encouraging people to get creative with their tea this summer – so mix it up, try something new, and most importantly, let us know how you get on via twitter, facebook and instagram with the hashtag #summertimetea as we’d love to see your creations!

Fancy some more summer tea ideas? Check out our real iced tea and teashake recipes! 

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shake it up with a teapigs teashake!

Posted 14th July 2015 by Sarah

shake it up with a teapigs teashake!

*drumroll please *

May we formally introduce you to your new best friend - the teapigs milkshake or ‘teashake’ for short (would you believe it took 5 people a ridiculously long time to come up with that name..) Granted, tea and milkshakes may not be an obvious combination but trust us on this one - we’re on to something pretty darn special here!  

Forget sugary sauces and syrups, and say hello to the humble tea temple! Packed full of whole leaf tea and real ingredients (whether it be whole pieces of fruit, spices, chocolate or caramel) our tea temples are essentially little bags of intense flavour which means our teashakes will literally blow your socks off! (yep..LITERALLY…we’re going through socks like there’s no tomorrow).

As ever, we’re big fans of experimenting, so do give this method a go with your favourite tea temple, but here are our four most favourite, tried and tested, 'Oh my God, that can’t be good for you’ teapigs milkshakes. (But guess what – THEY ARE..sort of)

 Ingredients

Serves 1:

  • 2 or 3 teapigs tea temples (depending on how strong you like your flavour!)
  • 100ml water
  • 2-3 scoops good quality vanilla ice cream (gluten free, dairy free, fat free, flavour free – totally your call!)

 How to make

  1. Pop your tea temples in to a cup
  2. Add 100ml of freshly boiled water
  3. Leave to brew for 10-15 minutes (depending on how punchy you like them)
  4. Once brewed, remove the tea temples and pour the liquid in to a blender
  5. Add 3-4 scoops of good quality vanilla ice-cream
  6. Add a little skimmed or semi skimmed milk if the mixture is too thick
  7. Blend, drink, smile

Feel free to add whatever extras you fancy - whipped cream, sliced almonds, fresh mint  and berries all work a treat, but GO WILD!

Mums and dads – this is a cracking recipe to try out with your kids! Get them to choose their favourite blend (somehow, we think it might be chocolate and mint..) have your lil helper assist with mixing it all together, choose a few toppings and voila! Hours of fun! 

Share your creations:

We love, love, LOVE this recipe (Friday afternoon teashake time has completely transformed our office) and can't wait to see how you get on with making your very own creations! If you do give it a whirl, be sure to upload your beautiful creations to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag  #summertimetea - We'd love to see and might even reward some of our favourite snaps with lots of teapigs goodies!  

Fancy some more summer tea ideas? Check out our real iced tea and cocktail recipes! 

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instantly up your drinking game this summer...

Posted 3rd July 2015 by sarah

instantly up your drinking game this summer...

It’s getting hot in here – so rather than take off all your clothes, why not make some amazing summer drinks to cool down! (..and THEN you can take off  all your clothes if you so wish)

We’ve got some cracking recipes to share with you this summer, and would you believe it, they each revolve around our humble tea temple – hassle free, full of flavour summer drinks which are guaranteed to impress all your mates! (even that really critical one, who you're not sure why you still talk to, but are desperate to impress)

Whatever you fancy, we've got you covered:

Iced teas

Have a read of some of our favourite real iced tea recipes – no fuss, amazing flavour, and perfect for summer

Cocktails

We love a cuppa – but sometimes you just need something that little bit stronger. Take a look at our favourite tea –based cocktail recipes. Guaranteed to jazz up your evening brew!

Teashakes

Not your usual combination, but trust us, a teapigs teashake will become your new best friend in no time! Have a gander at some of our favourite teashake recipes - Amazing taste, fun to make, and healthier than your shop bought shakes (that is until you smother it with whipped cream of course..)

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teapigs want you!

Posted 17th June 2015 by Sarah

teapigs want you!

Love tea? Love talking to people about tea? Want to be part of a team obsessed by all things tea? If so, you may want to sit down for this one, because WE'RE HIRING!

We currently have two exciting vacancies within our fast paced, dynamic team based in Brentford, and would love for you to come join us!

Order processor and trade customer service assistant

We are looking for a detail-orientated, organised tea lover with fantastic customer service skills to become our order processor and trade customer services assistant. Reporting to the Commercial Manager for Independent Business and Trade Support, you’ll be responsible for processing trade orders for all our lovely stockists, from teeny cafes to larger accounts like Selfridges. You’ll also be assisting with our customer service plan for independent stockists, helping us on our mission to get the nation drinking real tea!

Intrigued? Read the full job spec here!

E-commerce assistant

We are looking for an energetic, digitally-minded tea lover to help ensure teapigs international websites are the best tea-buying and browsing experience around.  You’ll be assisting the teapigs E-commerce Manager in all of the day-to-day runnings of teapigs international E-commerce sites covering merchandising, uploading new products and images, driving traffic to the site, fixing glitches, running sales reports and responding to web-related customer enquiries. You’ll have a great tone of voice and a real instinct for fantastic customer service and good website functionality.

Sound like you? Read the full job spec here!


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