“It was an incredible sight… I remember it well to this day: That young woman in her patchwork dress who walked towards us pulling a trunk along behind her. She stopped and opened it and withdrew the most unique miniature circus tent. She set the tent on the ground and opened it so we could see inside. From within her trunk she took out elegant little hoops and tiny trapeze. Very carefully she set these things within the open circus tent. Then she put a small whistle to her lips and the most magical thing happened: All manner of butterflies and moths poured fourth from her trunk and moved into the little circus tent. On that day this Mirabai Jasper introduced me to her butterfly circus…” – Snapdragon Tea, Cirque A Circa Stories. Try this tea here!
Making small batches of tea more frequently ensures freshness and rich flavor. Today’s tea is Butterfly Circus. It smells like a warm summer afternoon!
There is nothing so beautiful as the Russian Samovars and Russian tea glasses. Something fun to try for your holiday party or to package up as gifts is a Russian Tea! Try this recipe on it’s own or perhaps doctored with a bit o rum.
1 C instant iced tea powder
2 C instant orange drink mix (Tang)
1 3oz pkg powdered lemonade mix
2 C white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Mix thoroughly. To make, mix about 4 Tbsps to 1 C hot water.
We just finished up our first raffle box for Madam Aubergine’s Mystical Tea event. This one features our Orange Moon mini spirit board, a selection of tea samples, and a honey bee hat pin. If you’ll be at this event make sure you grab a raffle ticket! Proceeds go to a very good cause – The Blushing Violet Project. We’re just a few days away!
Madam Aubergine is filling her parlor with her closest confidants for tea leaf reading, tarot, and tales of the arcane… and you’re invited too!
Join us for an intimate evening of inspired by Mysticism clubs of the Victorian era. Be transported by teas hand blended by the Orange Moon Tea Society, designed to awaken your sense of wonder; perfectly paired with Fairy tale treats & seasonal samplings. Explore tasseomancy, tarot & subjects too secret to mention in polite company; woven into a unique storytelling experience.
This is an East Michigan event and tickets are limited. Please visit the event page for location, date, times, and misc info. This is a fund-raising event for The Blushing Violet Project.
Did you know our Butterfly Circus Tea makes a wonderful drink whether warm or cold? This tea is a very aromatic floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. So while the heat is taking out some of the fun out of drinking warm tea, why not try something new for your iced teas? You can pick up a tin through our Etsy shoppe here.
Oh 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
Sometimes 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.
or select a specific tea below for more information.
Samples are now available of six of our seven teas! You have the option to pick any three of the six offered teas you’d like. Purchasing info can be found at this link. Our absinthe tea will be available for sample in the next few days as well, but as it is a two part brewing process it’ll be offered on its own. We’re so excited to let our teas loose on the world!
We had a lovely tea society meeting on Thursday where we worked a bit on our IGG campaign perks and finalized our tea blends and packaging. This evening we pulled out the tea cups for a polishing and began working on our site & etsy listings. Look for our first available tea samples tomorrow!
Be the first to get your Batnip Tea and help put us past our last IndieGoGo campaign perk! How can you do this? You can visit our campaign here and select our Batnip Tea, sponsor a Tea Bat, or any one of our current available perks.
Our Saturday was spent bringing our tea page up to date. Our selection of teas is a bit more organized and we’ve added some individual pages to give you a better look at our teas, our available samples and regular sizes. And now that the sun is finally giving most of us a warm up, we hope you’re out enjoying your tea under the sun! And later on under the approaching Full Flower Moon of May.
It finally feels like spring outside! And with that warmth we’re finally starting to see some flowers blooming – the butterflies can’t be far behind! So we’d like to properly introduce you to our Butterfly Circus Tea. It features a floral blend of Gulabi tea, rose buds, jasmine blossoms, dried lemon, sarsaparilla, and rose & jasmine extract. Have a peek here!
“Then she put a small whistle to her lips and the most magical thing happened: All manner of butterflies and moths poured fourth from her trunk and moved into the little circus tent. On that day this Mirabai Jasper introduced me to her butterfly circus…” – Snapdragon Tea, Cirque A Circa Stories
“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…” –Absinthe and the Sisters Henriod: A More Complete History
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!
“‘Is that bat… is that bat drinking tea?’ Emily asked as she stared at the little creature dangling upside down over a very delicate tea cup. The woman of the bat emporium, Flora Von Tree, casually looked back over her shoulder and nodded her head. ‘Of course he is dear. It’s tea time and Tips is a gentleman first and a bat second. Would you care for a cup? It’s Batnip. Quite the rage around Orange Moon Downs these days.’” -Snapdragon Tea, Chapter III