Ingredients: Kukicha green tea*, lemongrass leaves, & cornflowers
* Contains caffeine (~1/4 a cup of coffee)
Good for: Feeling young and fresh
Tastes like: Rich, grassy tea with sweet citrusy notes
Makes you feel like: A baby on a boogie board!
Art by: Brianna Leigh
75 grams / 25 servings (1 tbsp per 8 oz water)
They Call Me The Breeze
I am not a huge green tea fan, but I respect and appreciate a good one. That being said, if you’re picky on green tea, I’ve done your dirty work. The kukicha grown by the Kinezuka Family in Shizuoka, Japan is sensational and recommended if you like a rich, grassy tea a la Sencha. It has a sea-like flavor to it, so I thought I’d make a beachy tea.
Breezy Baby is a nod to J.J. Cale’s cool, breezy music (for instance, his song, “They Call Me The Breeze”). J.J. is a cool guy… the voice… the guitar… he’s just breezy and I wanted to emulate the breeze in the tea which is why I added the sweet citrusy lemongrass, which coincidentally looks pretty similar to kukicha. To add a little variety to the view, I sprinkled beautiful blue cornflowers on top for a sunny blue sky.
Breezy Baby’s art was done by young, up-and-coming artist, Brianna Leigh (who serendipitously was nicknamed Breezy as a kid). She’s a Cali-native, who now lives in Chestnut Hill, and I’m a big fan of her colors and creations.
Vinyl J.J. Cale - Troubadour (1976)
J.J. Cale is super smooth. He loved working the studio to get tasty sounds out of the guitar. Troubadour from ‘76 has some humdingers: Travelin’ Light, Cocaine, Ride Me High, and Let Me Do It To You. The Analogue Productions audiophile release is stunning.
Further Listening: Naturally (1971); Really (1972)