TIE DYE TEA DATE
paired with our tea of the month cocktail recipe
Tie dye season is upon us! So is cocktail season... and we definitely mixed the two to make a "tea date" for you and your squad to try out. Tie dyeing with tea is super fun, affordable and you most likely already have all the tools to do it at home! Tea-dyeing doesn't cause a drastic change in color to white fabric, but it is a great way to hide stains on towels or to add a natural flair to your t-shirts, tote bags, and other cloth items.
Pair your tea-dyeing activity with our Lemon Drop tea cocktail while you are waiting on your cloth to take on a tea-riffic color! This sweet and sour cocktail's main ingredient is our tea of the the month - Ginger Orchard Medley + Lavender Sage Lemonade. Ginger Orchard Medley presents summer-y notes of sweet apple and peaches blended with soft chamomile and zingy ginger. We combined this tea with another summertime favorite - Lavender Sage Lemonade. This blend is made of bright and tangy lemon flavors, with floral notes of lavender and rose. Together, these two teas taste like a fruit orchard on a warm sunny afternoon. To bring the whole Lemon Drop tea cocktail recipe together, our Sunflower Honey and Mexican Vanilla Extract adds the perfect amount of sweetness to this sour concoction.
READ MORE ON HOW TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR TEA DATE!
TOOLS YOU NEED TO DYE FABRIC WITH TEA:
Black tea works best for dying fabric because it has the deepest color. The amount of tea and other ingredients you need depends on how large the piece of fabric you are dying is, and how dark you want the color to be. In general, you can assume you need:
- 2 tsp. of OBTC South Indian Black Tea per 8 oz of water
- 4 cups (32 oz) of water per every yard of fabric.
- 2 Tbsp. salt per 4 cups of water
- 1 large pot
- plenty of cold water
- a splash of vinegar
- Add your water and salt to a large pot and heat until boiling. Remove pot from heat and steep your South Indian Black Tea for at least 15 minutes. The longer that you allow the tea to soak, the more color will come out and the darker your dyed fabric will be.
- Strain tea from water once you have achieved the color you desire. Rinse and ring the piece of fabric you are dying. (Tea dyeing will only work on natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, linen, and wool.) You can also tie rubber bands into various places of the fabric at this point if you desire a pattern of color from the dye!
- Place damp fabric in tea, making sure that it’s completely submerged.
- Soak fabric in the tea for at least an hour. The longer you soak, the darker it will be dyed. (Use this time to make that Lemon Drop tea cocktail!)
- After you are pleased with the color, rinse and soak the fabric in cold water with a splash of vinegar to help set the color.
- Wring out the excess water, dry the fabric in a warm, sunny spot, and allow it to dry completely.
- Wash fabric by hand or on delicate!
🍋 LEMON DROP TEA COCKTAIL TIME 🍋
IN A NUTSHELL:
This moderately caffeinated garden-inspired blend is invigoratingly herbaceous, spicy with ginger, and comforting with chamomile and peach! It is a complex blend that will help detoxify the body, calm the mind, and boost overall wellness!
This blend is wonderful served hot or iced, with a spoonful of honey accentuate fruit flavor. Add 1-2 teaspoons in 8 oz of hot water for 5 minutes.
LEMON DROP TEA-COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS:
- 6 tsp. OBTC Ginger Orchard Medley & Lavender Sage Lemonade
- 1 oz citrus vodka
- 1 fresh lemon
- 2 tbsp. OBTC Sunflower Honey
- 1 tsp. OBTC Mexican Vanilla Extract
LEMON DROP TEA-COCKTAIL INSTRUCTIONS:
- Heat 8 oz of water, and steep Ginger Orchard Medley & Lavender Sage Lemonade together for 10 minutes.
- Add Sunflower Honey to strained tea and stir until dissolved.
- Place tea mixture in fridge to cool.
- Rim glass with lemon juice and Sunflower Honey
- Add vodka, sweetened tea mixture, Mexican Vanilla, and lemon juice to an ice-filled shaker.
- Shake vigorously until combined, strain into prepared glass.
THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO GET STARTED: