Notice the blue and gold bottle in the upper right? Ya, that’s an empty prosecco bottle, leftover from making Hibiscus Kombucha Blush Cocktails yesterday. Between me and my hubby, the bottle is officially empty now, just in time for me to introduce Hankook Tea’s Hang-Over No More Herbal Blend to you.
Hang-Over No More was the first cup of tea I set my lips to this morning, January 1 of 2015 (Happy New Year everyone!!). Don’t get me wrong, I certainly didn’t go crazy last night, but I did have just enough bubbly to leave me with a lingering headache this AM.
This herbal blend is made from lotus leaves, persimmon leaves, hydrangea leaves and mulberry leaves. Its taste is much like a green tea with a tinge of natural sweetness at the end of each sip. In fact, the longer and stronger you steep the tea, the sweeter it will taste–as if you had added several drops of stevia to it.
Hang-Over No More was just the tea I needed to start the new year off right. Hankook Tea suggests that the blend helps with hydrating, detoxing, and even bad breath (eeks!). At the very least, it’s soothing and relaxing, a cup that will help you wind down now that holiday festivities are coming to a close.
Tasting Notes for Hankook Tea’s Hang-Over No More:
BREWING TIPS: Brew at 200 degrees F for 3-4 minutes. The longer you brew the tea, the bolder the sweetness will be. If you don’t like your tea too sweet, my suggestion is to try a light steep first to see how you like it.
THE BLEND: A mix of lotus leaves, hydrangea leaves, persimmon leaves, and mulberry leaves.
THE SCENT: Softly peachy, like dried apricots.
THE STEEP: Steeps from light to bright yellow depending on the time of steeping. Tastes like green tea with stevia added…but neither is true! There is no caffeine in this blend and it’s completely sweetener-free. This herbal tastes clean, refreshing, and vegetal like napa cabbage is. I can’t get over the natural sweetness of the blend. You’ll definitely appreciate it if you normally enjoy adding sweeteners to your teas. During warmer months, this would be delicious served as iced tea. The not-sweet version of this blend is Hankook’s Persimmon Leaf Tea.
FOOD PAIRING: If you had one too many martinis last night, it’s a good time to rehydrate and nourish with Green Tea Chicken Soup. When you feel human again, you could also try making a quick bread like Persimmon Bread or Mochi Banana Bread, which will bring out the taste of the tea and be gentle on the tummy.