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It’s the day after the time change and our annual autumn ritual of turning the clocks back took effect yesterday. Did you “fall” back into bed too? That extra hour snuggled under the covers is magical somehow, but it can bite you the next day. The trick is to go to bed an hour “earlier” than the clock now says because otherwise, you lose that “extra hour” and you suffer for it. I warned Little Guy but I don’t think he believed me, until I cheerfully dragged him from sweet slumber in time for math class.

I’d like to say the extra sleep made me chipper but that would be wishful thinking. However, it doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy something chipper and magical in my cup…later today. I need my caffeine first thing in the a.m.

I discovered Tetley’s “bellini” peach orange herbal tea several years ago, and stockpiled it when it became hard to find. It seems the popularity of some flavours waxes and wanes faster than the moon, but I’m seeing it again on shelves and I’m thankful because it’s been a staple in my tea cupboard!

A bellini is a cocktail of prosecco, champagne, or other sparkling wine and peach juice or puree. It’s thought that it was named after Venetian artist, Giovanni Bellini, inspired by its pink colour which resembled the same pink used in one of his paintings. Since Giovanni Bellini died in 1516, I can’t really confirm that.

I find this a light and refreshing tea. It isn’t sickly sweet or have an artificial aftertaste like a lot of peach teas. It’s a blend of apple, orange peel, licorice, rosehip, beetroot, chicory, citric acid, hibiscus, ginger and peach granules. Typically ginger and licorice can overwhelm delicate flavours, but not here. If anything, it just add brightness the flavour. The colour is indeed a soft, warm pinky-peach, like the rosy hue of a winter sunset. Perfect for curling up under a blanket, with a good book!

Tetley Canada believes in sustainability and supports the Ethical Tea Partnership, the Rainforest Alliance and the Tea 2030 Coalition. They recommend using this tea in a homemade sorbet! I prefer this tea hot to cold (unless I add sugar to the iced tea), but a sorbet sounds delicious! I may just have to try this!

Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm.

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Happy Monday!