Author Archives: Wormwood Queen

Welcome Spring!

Welcome Spring!

teacup tree

 

Spring has sprung! And we are so very thankful. The past year here at Orange Moon Downs has been interesting to say the least. Our Tea Society Members have weathered many challenges and we are ready for the good, new beginnings that come with the spring season. Our Society Pages have been updated and we are working to plan even more fun events. New teas are in the works and the creative juices are beginning to flow. Be sure to stay tuned!

 

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Absinthe Tea

Absinthe Tea

absinthe tea etsyOh it’s here! After a long time of working to get the ingredients just right we are proud to announce our Absinthe Tea: Mere Henriot’s Elixir. This is a family recipe from our Orange Moon Tea Society member, the Wormwood Queen. Here is her story in her own words:

“I’ve always had a love of all things mysterious and magical. I remember at a very young age I would pick various flowers and herbs and attempt to make potions, perfumes, teas and tisanes. It seems this was an inherited trait. I come from a long line of those who infused magic into their every day lives, through palmistry, cooking, tarot and tea. And when I go back further, I see the penchant for Herbology has been there for quite sometime. It seems only natural that I would find myself recreating a family tradition relating to that most mysterious of drinks, the infamous Absinthe.

Some credit the good Doctor Ordinaire with the creation of Absinthe. But as so often is the case in our patriarchal society, history has been shaped to recognize those that are deemed acceptable, credible, more reputable? My dear ancestors, the Sisters Henriod had long been creating medicinal tinctures and tisanes to help the people in their village of Couvet, Switzerland. Many of their recipes were passed to them from their mother and her mother before.  Although the Sisters were well respected and their shoppe well patronized, they still needed to be wary of public opinion and the ever possible accusation of witchcraft. For even though the final Witchcraft Act of 1735 written into law led to prosecution for fraud rather than pacts with the Devil, both would result in death as the punishment.

(In fact this same act was still used in the 1940’s to prosecute spiritualists and Gypsies. It wasn’t repealed until 1951.)

Being clever people and recognizing their limitations for simply being women they decided to secure the help of their friend Pierre Ordinaire,  a French Doctor who had taken up residence in Couvet and at the time, rather fancied their mother. They petitioned his assistance to promote this increasingly popular medicinal known as Absinthe. His charming nature, good looks and respectable title of Doctor were well embraced and he proved to be a most natural salesman.  His credibility and successful promotions led to the purchasing of said recipe by a French businessman, Major Dubied, for a suitable sum. The Major then partnered with his son-in-law, Pernod to begin distillation. And the rest is history…until now…

Privately, those of us in the Orange Moon Tea Society have been enjoying my Absinthe Tea at our parties and gatherings for some time. After long discussions and encouragement from the ladies in the Society we have decided to make the tea publicly available along with some of our other signature blends. We do hope you will enjoy!”

Try it for yourself HERE

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving tea Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! And as much as our Wormwood Queen enjoys creating tea blends, she also enjoys finding new ways to use tea in our favorite recipes. Although this particular recipe is not her original, we think she’d approve, it sounds delicious. If you’ve never tried to brine your turkey before now’s the time! It produces a very moist and flavorful meat. Grilled Tea-Brined Turkey with Tea and Lemon Gravy.

Batnip and Brandy

Batnip and Brandy

mango cocktailSometimes things get pretty hot in Orange Moon Downs and an ordinary iced tea simply won’t do. For those nights we try this, it’s perfect for a hot summer evening! Brew 8oz of our Batnip Tea and chill overnight.  Mix about a quart cup of chopped mango, a touch of honey, blend thoroughly. Add chilled tea and 2oz of fruit brandy, pour over ice! If desired, try adding a few cubes of frozen mango and a sprig of mint.

Back from the Steampunk Symposium

Back from the Steampunk Symposium

symposium samples

 

We brought out our first tea samples to the International Steampunk Symposium this past weekend -this was our tea station. We had 2 to 4 (depending on your preferred strength of tea) cup sampler tins for purchase. We brought four flavor samples and our larger tins so everyone could get a good look and smell of the loose tea before picking out a sample. I’m happy to report the samples were scooped up before the end of the convention. The front runner was our Snapdragon Tea with the new Batnip Tea a close second. Orange Moon and the Butterfly Circus were close on the other’s heels giving them the tea eye. Sadly we had no absinthe tea for the convention because we, not so sadly, found our samples sold before they got a chance to get there.

This was a wonderful real time experience to see how the teas would be received. We’re delighted it went so well. So now we’re ready to get some more packaging done, get our product shots in order and begin selling them online. We’re also going to be taking up a few offers to bring our tea society to events for summer. And! We’ve got some wonderful donated items to add to our IndieGoGo campaign!