If you’re around my daughter for any length of time, you’ll figure out pretty quick that she LOVES tea. She collects tea cups and tea pots and you’re way more likely to find her sipping on a cup of hot tea than a soda. I think it stems from her love of things English, but whatever it comes from, it’s here to stay.
As a mom of a teenager, I’m always looking for ways to connect with her – and that means getting interested in the things that she is interested in. I find that a sure fire way to get her talking is to a sit down with her over a pot of tea while she is working on her homework. Sort of like traveling in the car, I think the distraction opens her up. As a result, we are always looking for new teas to try – so we were super excited to here that Lipton (one of our favorite tea brands) has new black and herbal varieties, as well as improved green teas! We picked out a few different kinds to try – but the first that we wanted to drink was Amazingly Grey – because Earl Grey tea is already one of our favorites.
But we also decided to try something new – we wanted to make a tea infused cupcake! So we picked up one of Lipton’s new herbal varieties, which use real ingredients with herbal tea blends designed to awaken your senses – we chose Lemon Ginger! Cooking with kids is such a great opportunity to connect. This was a great night for my daughter and I – we brewed tea, and worked in the kitchen together after her little sister had gone to bed. Making tea infused cupcakes is pretty easy – you just use a basic cupcake recipe, but instead of using plain milk, you steep a yummy flavored tea like Lipton’s Lemon Ginger herbal tea into the milk before you mix up your cupcakes.
My daughter is the tea expert, so she definitely handled this part of the task:
We topped off our Lipton’s Lemon Ginger cupcakes with a yummy homemade Honey Lemon Ginger buttercream – aren’t they pretty? That’s a little lemon zest on top for some color and texture.
There’s just something about a table set with team and cupcakes that makes me feel warm and cozy…
My daughter and I had a great time making our cupcakes, but we had a better time sitting down together to eat them, and drink our Lipton’s Amazingly Grey tea. Lipton’s new Black Teas have bold aromas and unique flavors that put a twist on traditional black teas. My daughter and I noticed how great the Amazingly Grey tea smelled (the kitchen already smelled yummy from the buttercream – so the two together = heaven!). We really enjoyed our time together, and anything that helps me connect with my daughter is an A+++ in my book.
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