Welcome to our Grand Opening week! Oh So has had a remodel and we are ready to celebrate! This week we will be talking about the products featured in our giveaway that launched yesterday.. (you still have time to enter CLICK HERE) Today's feature is a brillant product from the rad company TakeyaUSA.
Let me tell you how this cooperation came to be..
A while back, Des and my mom were shopping at Costco when they happend upon this contraption of a pitcher. They thought hmm.. that looks cool and bought some. I was the beneficiary of their curiousity, (love it when my mom gets curious ;) ). They brought it to me and I fell instantly in love when they told me it seals tight shut. I have 3 small granades runnin around all the time just beggin to explode some juice on the floor. Any product that makes my life cleaner and simpler is a winner. As time went on and juice making sessions occured, my kids became obsessed with helping make the juice. It's a battle over who gets to shake the bottle. (yes that's right, seal it shut and hold it upside down all day long honey. That juice isn't going anywhere.) Even my two year old says, "I sheek et, I sheek et" translate, I shake it. Takeya's pitcher has become loved in our home.
When all of us Oh So writers were discussing favorite products to feature, this was at the top of my list. I contacted TakeyaUSA out of sincere love of their product, and found out that not only do their products rock, but so do their people. They offered to contribute a Beverage System. This system was new to me, so have been playing around the last few months with it and again, am more than impressed. They sent me a fruit infuser.. totally awesome. it attaches to the lid of the pitcher and you can fill it with fruits or herbs. Anything to flavor your water/tea/juice with. It's kinda amazing and ridiculously fun sticking random things in your drinks just to see what it tastes like. We have enjoyed working with TakeyaUSA and here is a little bit about their Flash Chill Ice Tea Maker Beverage System.
From left to right.. the pitcher, then you see the lid with a screw closure and plastic rim that seals. Below the rim is a black extender that allows for the attachements to get deep in to your drink. Next is the tea infuser.. this acts like a tea bag, infusing your herbs and concotions into the hot water with out allowing anything to stay in the drink. Next to that is the box of Herbal Coconut Lime Ribosos Ice Tea that they sent me to taste test.. annnnd i loved it. Love coconut, love lime.. and love fun drinks. They have a great selection on their website of various tea mixtures. Herbal and non. (I only drink herbal)
Above you can see how the product is assembled. Below is the tea placed inside the tea infuser. Attach this to the inside of the lid by twisting.
Fill the pitcher with hot water and insert the tea fuser (attached to the lid) and let the tea steep. I am not a tea expert by any means, but I do know that if you steep your tea for too long you run the risk of it become bitter. Now all you sweet tea drinkers from the South better let me know if this is correct. I am from Idaho.. I know potatoes not tea. I have heard that if you are going to sweeten your tea--you need to sweeten it while it is still hot. Am I right? Dissolve any sugar, honey, agave nectar in while the tea is still hot before chilling it.. If you try afterward chilling- the sweet just isn't fully incoorperated and most of it ends of at the bottom of the cup. Make sense to me but just thought I'd ask if that is a huge deal..
After sweetening your tea, add a bunch of ice, twist closed and shake it! Shake shake shake it! Whoo! This is the flash chill awesomeness going down.
And their my friends is a sweet chilled and refreshing healthy alternative drink. Herbal teas are wonderful, but rarely can you find them as an iced tea. I grew up drinking hot herbal teas with my mom in the chilly winter months. And now get to enjoy the crisp chilled tea at home in the summer.
Garnish your tea with limes, or use their fruit infuser to add other flavors of mint, strawberries, mangos.. anything. Enjoy sippin some sweet chilled tea. Takeya you have our hearts!