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 It wasn’t repealed until 1951.)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
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.
As noted in this earlier post, our own Wormwood Queen is off to ConVocation this weekend. This is a new event exploring a wide range of mystical paths that offers guest speakers, an art show and a vendors room of unique items. Our absinthe gal will be holding a tea salon at high noon this coming Sunday at the event. She will be handing out samplers of our very first (and our signature) Orange Moon Tea! If you’re planning to attend the event please make sure to visit her tea panel and let her better acquaint you with our tea society!
Wormwood Queen is a founding member of the Orange Moon Tea Society and heir to the secret recipe for Mother Henriot’s Elixir, (otherwise known as Absinthe Tea). She was taught the magical art of tea leaf reading by a member of the Royal Court of Fae in exchange for her Illustrious work with the Urban Fairy Rescue League. In an effort to preserve this glorious tradition, she has chosen to pass on her knowledge to those who will join her for this unprecedented tea. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Learn more by visiting ConVocation online, February 19th-22nd, 2015, for more details and join our Wormwood Queen Sunday for tea!
There is a little place set outside of the everyday world and we call it Orange Moon Downs. Time doesn’t stand still here honestly, but it does seem to lag or… skip a beat every now and then. We enjoy those things that other people consider vintage. We’re not always aware that something groundbreaking and new-styled has come out. We like our past and enjoy visions of the future, though we’re very comfortable in our today. But beyond all of that… we embrace a very strange and enchanting part of our everyday.
Our small town of Orange Moon Downs has more than one thing that suggests it’s unique -those of us in the Orange Moon Tea Society, while hiding behind our mask of tea drinkers and tea makers- we explore these unique avenues of our world and document them. We tuck them away in this little corner of the aetherweb and reach out to the rest of the world to see us. Oh yes, you can get a very tasteful and unique tea flavor from us, but you can also get a very entertaining story behind each of those flavors.
Our society meets each week and we go over the stories of our town and take notes. When something strikes us as interesting we add them to our wee journal here. Our tea brands are always available in our shoppe. So please! Visit us with the prospect of incredible and unique tea flavors, but stay to hear the gossip we have to tell, the eccentric tales we bring and… you know… to find our what the Urban Fairy Rescue League really is. Whatever your preference, our stories can be found here.
Artwork by Alphonse Mucha.