Drink Pink Tea on National Pink Day — And Across The Year
It’s the color of spring, of fruit trees shrouded in blossoms. Sunrises and sunsets normally include shades of pink. Flowers crafted from pink icing decorate wedding cakes, and it’s the color of flamingos. What are we wearing when the world appears especially enchanting? Rose-colored glasses.
Pink is so lovely that we devote one day a year to celebrating the color and its myriad charms. And that day is today — Happy National Pink Day!
The word pink is named after flowers called pinks, a species of Dianthus with frilled edges. To “pink” something means to decorate something a zigzag pattern. Scissors called “pinking shears” accomplish this pattern on fabrics.
The color’s role in American culture has evolved. Up until the 1950s, pink was associated with boys, and blue with girls. A 1918 article in a trade publication called Earnshaw’s Infants Department said about pink: “The generally accepted rule is pink for boys, and blue for girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for boys, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”
Times have changed, not only for the reversal of pink’s gender affiliation in American culture but also for how we communicate about men and women. Thank goodness.
Pink tea — another excellent pink thing
Today, we associate pink with excellent things. Rosé wine, a profoundly excellent thing, normally broadcasts different hues of pink. Shrimp turn pink once heated. Many minerals broadcast shades of pink, and it’s got to be the most common color among flowers. The color of love’s only holiday, Valentine’s Day? Pink, along with its cousin red.
Tea? Traditional Camellia sinensis and pink are not associates. But the immense world of herbal tea includes many blends that not only reveal pink colors when dried, but also steep into gorgeous pink brews. Ingredients like hibiscus and rose hips stand behind the pink teas
Consider this trio of teas for whenever you want to get your pink on. They are perfect for afternoon teas, barbecues and birthday parties. Ice them, for arresting picnic beverages and cocktail ingredients. Two of the teas are caffeine-free, and serve as wonderful after-dinner treats.
Pink Teas: Sakura Cherry Green
Perhaps the most prominent spectacle of pink worldwide is the unfurling of sakura — or cherry — blossoms on trees across Japan every spring. The annual event draws hordes of Japanese and tourists to prime sakura-viewing spots up and down the island nation. The natural explosion of color inspires artists and floods Instagram feeds with bright pink landscape for as long as the trees are blooming.
This refreshing brew incorporates real cherry to honor Japan’s national flower and tree; the fruit adds pleasing perfume and distinct cherry flavors to the blend. But the color comes from the tea’s hibiscus, rose hips and rose petals. There’s nothing subtle about the appearance of a cup of our Sakura Cherry Green tea — it’s vibrant pink, and beautiful. It’s also delicious, and quite thirst quenching. This tea includes outstanding Japanese sencha green tea, so it contains caffeine. But sencha is fairly low in caffeine to begin with, and the brew also includes a range of other botanical ingredients to mitigate the overall caffeine content.
Pink Teas: Pink Pomegranate Fruit Tea
Caffeine-free, fabulously fruity and pink, our Pink Pomegranate Fruit Tea is enormously popular, especially among kids. We know of many parents who serve this at child-filled events, and need to keep brewing more
Dragon Fruit, pomegranate and hibiscus give the tea its vivid color. Pineapple, apple and yogurt crunch bump up the sweet factor a bit. We think this is a fantastic dessert tea for adults and kids, and one that is not overly sweet; most of the sweetness comes from fruit, with an assist from the small amount of yogurt crunch.
This is our deepest-pink tea. If your goal is brewing the brightest and boldest pink beverage, look no further.
Pink Teas: Sweet Heart Blend
If Pink Pomegranate Fruit tea serves as key kid favorite — one that loads of adults, like us, also cherish — then our Sweet Heart Blend stands as a leading herbal tea for adults. This is a dazzling tea, packed with hibiscus and rosebud (which give the tea its rose color) as well as peppermint, licorice and a whisper of stevia to balance the slightly sour notes of the hibiscus and rosebud.
This caffeine-free triumph brews into an almost incandescent ruby color, and offers the added benefits of digestion assistance; the herbs in the tea have long been used by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine to aid digestion, promote a healthy heart, refine internal balance and nurture natural beauty.