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Fruity Purple Tea Rosé Cocktail

Oh rosé, how we love you so. And apparently so does the rest of the world! Rosé is getting some serious attention lately. Ever tried Frosé? Rosé sorbet? Rosé gummy bears? Yeah, for real. Go out and get yourself some, they’re delicious. We’ll wait…

This Fruity Purple Tea Rosé Cocktail is a fun spin on all of this rosé madness. It includes our Purple Leaf Tea so not only is it delicious, but it also provides the benefits of Purple Tea. We’re sure you’ve heard us rattle off the benefits of Purple Tea at this point, we can’t help ourselves – it’s just so amazing! So if you want to learn more check out this blog post.

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

We had no idea how much we would LOVE the pairing of lime, orange and lemon with our Purple Leaf Tea! Of course, we normally add a squeeze of lemon in our Purple Tea (it’s delicious and turns the tea a vibrant pink colour), but, the addition of more citrus fruits is unreal. It pairs so well with the plum and fresh spring green notes that come from Purple Leaf Tea. Of course, the vodka and rosé doesn’t hurt as well 😉

This recipe is another easy one, it’s so simple to put together! Make a big batch of this and throw it in a pitcher to enjoy with friends while soaking up the sunshine.

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

Servings: 3

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons (or 4 tea bags) of our Purple Leaf Tea
3 cups boiling water
a bottle of sparkling rosé
75ml vodka
Honey – to taste
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
2-3 orange slices
2 slices of lime

Instructions:

  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 teaspoons of Purple Leaf Tea and leave to steep for 10 minutes. after 10 minutes, add honey and lemon juice to taste and place in the fridge until cool.
  2. In glasses, pour a 25ml shot of vodka in each. Fill the glasses with cold tea until they are about half full.
  3. Top up the glasses with sparkling rosé and add ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with fruit slices and enjoy!

If you tried this recipe leave a comment below or tag us in your photos @justeakenya on Instagram or Facebook! Cheers, friends!

Fruity Purple Tea Cocktail

JusTeam Canada Feature: Cleo Bain

Cleo Bain

Assistant to the Regional Manager

Cleo is our JusTea Canada mascot. She can sometimes be found running the show at our head office in Vancouver, where up until recently she had her own playroom. Other times she might be painting her feet blue at daycare or finding bugs in the garden at home.

She likes spinning in circles and jumping on trampolines and playing hide and seek. If you plan to eat raspberries in her presence, be prepared to give most of them away. Cleo will turn 3 at the end of September and she has been looking forward to her birthday for a long time; since last September, in fact! Read on to learn more about Cleo and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Using two hands so that I don’t spill.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

I’ve never tried poutine but I like cheese. 

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

That is not something my parents would like to contemplate and they are writing my answers for me 🙂

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

I like a song called “Happy Nose”. Also known as “If You’re Happy and You Know it”

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

I sort of watched Moana once. 

What TV show are you watching right now?

I like watching videos of myself on my Nana’s phone.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea?

How do you take it? Any herbal tea, tepid and heavily watered down. Is there any other way?

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

I haven’t been yet but I’m excited to see an elephant and a giraffe.

How do you spend your free time outside of work? 

Taking care of my mom and dad.

JusTeam Canada Feature: Nicole Van Leeuwen

Nicole Van Leeuwen

Online Marketing Manager

Nicole is our online voice at JusTea, she’s the one behind all of our social media accounts! If you’ve chatted with us through Instagram or Facebook, you’ve likely been chatting with her. Along with managing our social media pages she also helps out with our photography and graphic design.

While Nicole works at JusTea she is also working towards getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration to pair with her Diploma in Marketing. When she’s not working or at school you can likely find her at a yoga class, cooking and baking or competing in a trivia league with her friends! Read on to learn more about Nicole and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

The best is having a cup of tea in the morning while I’m camping, a cup of tea outdoors just always tastes so good!

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Definitely maple syrup.

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I actually think I could last a while, my family has a cabin that’s pretty secluded.  I think if we headed there we could at least last a few days unnoticed!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit. Or anything by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats just because I adore all their stuff and I feel like I constantly have it playing!

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

Mean Girls.

What TV show are you watching right now?

I just finished the second season of Marvelous Mrs. Mazel – SO good! But I’m always re-watching some old favourites like The Office, New Girl, Brooklyn 99 and Parks and Rec.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

It’s a tie between Purple Chocolate and African Chai. I like both straight up!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

These days you’ll mostly find me doing yoga, studying, or competing in a trivia league with my friends!

JusTeam Canada Feature: Adam Sharp

Adam Sharp

Marketing Strategist

Adam is the most recent addition to our team; he joined the JusTeam back in July last year. He’s a Google & Amazon wiz and he handles all of our top-level strategizing to ensure that our products are seen online. Adam works closely with Nicole, our online marketing manager, to plan out monthly campaigns and strategies.

Adam actually comes from a coffee background, but he’s seen the light! He’s now hooked on our Fair Trade teas, especially Purple Chocolate. In his free time, you can find Adam dabbling in various hobbies such as screen printing and playing in a few bands. Read on to learn more about Adam and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Adam Sharp JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?
The best thing about tea is that there’s something for every occasion! I’ll typically have a green or black tea in the morning to give me that little boost (JusTea’s Nandi Hills Black is dynamite, and I can say that without bragging as an independent contractor!), and I’ll often read a book with that one to ease into the day. That’s my favourite cup of the day. Evening teas are also nice. Purple Rain is great for tiding me through some evening work. The tiniest little pick me up but not significant enough to affect my sleep.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?
Maple syrup! I’m British and never fully got the poutine thing. Cheesy chips and gravy are the UK alternative, but the cheese is melted instead of curds. Wayyyyyyy better…

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
At 6’8”, I’d probably feed a family of zombies for a week, so I’m expecting not very long.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I wish I was cool enough to pull off Ride of the Valkyries or Eye of the Tiger or something. It’d probably be something like the Mr. Rogers Theme-tune though…

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?
There are three, all from my childhood. (I guess as adults we don’t tend to watch the same movie on repeat too much?) 1) Mighty Ducks: D2. 2) Dumb & Dumber. 3) Home Alone.

What TV show are you watching right now?
I try not to go down the TV show rabbit hole – I get fully addicted and lose hours of my life to the television. I’m more of a film person for that reason. There are a few that I get excited for though. Stranger Things. Big Mouth. Brooklyn 99.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?
Without a doubt, it’s Purple Chocolate. Best tea I’ve ever had! I take it black, although I bet it’d only get better with milk and sugar. Must try.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?
I’m a screen printer and I make a lot of music posters in my free time. Aside from that, snowboarding in the winter, cycling, swimming, photography, and I play in a couple of bands.

JusTeam Canada Feature: Grace Bain

Grace Bain

Mother to all staff – providing edible goodies

We refer to Grace as the mother to all staff because she’s always popping into the JusTea office to drop of delicious treats for us and lending a hand wherever it is needed. Grace is also our resident expert spoon wrapper! When we receive the tea spoons from the artisans in Kenya we wrap them with labels to prepare for packaging, and Grace is SO fast and precise! Seriously – none of us can compete! Though she still comes in monthly to help with spoon wrapping, these days her time is mostly spent being a Nana to her granddaughter Cleo (Paul and Sally’s daughter) so Paul and Sally can focus on their roles at JusTea.

Grace visited Kenya for the first time last year and she especially loved spending time in the Kitchen with Ruth (Our factory manager in Kenya Boaz’s mom) swapping recipes. Read on to learn more about Grace and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Grace Bain JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Reading a book 

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Definitely maple syrup

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I can’t relate to this question. Is there a food shortage?

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

I believe in you!

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

Mount Kenya Black with a little milk and sugar. 

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

When Grayson and I were in Kenya last October, we brought some gifts for Boaz’s kids. Trevor loved learning all about Bey Blades. A game with special spinning toys played in a plastic square arena. Grayson kept challenging him until Trevor finally started winning. He was the only one in his class who had the game. So much excitement!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

I like to knit socks and sweaters. Growing tomatoes and dahlia flowers and anything gardening is a high priority. And of course, being a Nana to Cleo!

JusTeam Canada: Russ Lafond

Russ Lafond

Doctor of Operations

Russ, the Doctor of Operations has been with JusTea from the beginning of the company’s inception. Being very passionate about his involvement in a start up, he helped and learned a great deal about building a sustainable and ethical business. He has travelled to Kenya twice while working with JusTea and looks forward to many more trips to come. On his most recent trip, he transported a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast used to ferment and produce kombucha) with him to Kenya and taught Boaz how to make kombucha! Russ manages all product sourcing, production, international shipping logistics and helps with financial analysis. 

Read on to learn more about Russ and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Russ Lafond JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Cook a good breakfast

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Poutine

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

Depends if I manage to escape out of the city.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

The Big Lebowski

What TV show are you watching right now?

Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

African Breakfast, just as is, sometimes with milk and sugar

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

Paul and I went to a restaurant on the outskirts of Nairobi and we were brave enough to try goat stomach sausage! It was so chewy (as you can see from the GIF of Paul below) and not very tasty at all!

When we were ordering in front of the grill, I asked the cook what the sausage was made of and he said: “Stomach”. I figured he meant the sausage casing was made of goat intestines, which is normal. So, I asked again and said: “No, what is the meat inside the sausage?” and he replied confidently: “Stomach, goat stomach!”.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Playing guitar, Yoga, Running, Home-brewing Kombucha, Beer and Wine

JusTeam Canada Feature: Sonia Monty

Sonia Monty

Account Manager

Sonia is a pre-law student majoring in psychology that is passionate about how the legal system and social, environmental and animal-related issues intersect.

After taking a sociology course on the history of agriculture, she was excited to join the JusTeam as it addressed many of the concerns highlighted throughout the course, and allowed her to put what she learned into practice! Sonia has greatly enjoyed learning about tea: the benefits of tea, how it is grown and processed, and how to analyze tea. She’s loves hearing the Bain’s stories from visiting Kenya, and tuning in to JusTea’s Instagram and Facebook pages for new stories about the JusTea Farmers. When she’s not studying or working you’ll likely find Sonia reading fantasy books, gardening or cooking with her grandmother over Skype!

Read on to learn more about Sonia and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Who will win the battle for the throne in GOT?

Is anyone?

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Read a fantasy novel.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

I can’t have dairy anymore, but boy do I miss poutine.

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I’ve already got a well-stocked earthquake kit, so I think I’d do alright for supplies – provided I can keep my dog quiet. I don’t think she’d like the zombies too much either.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Same old” by Felivand.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

I can’t quote any movies from start to finish, but I can definitely quote the lines for every Seinfeld episode ever made. Elaine is my spirit animal.

What TV show are you watching right now?

The Good Life, I wasn’t sure about it initially, but stick to it – it’s surprisingly clever.

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

100% Purple Chocolate, just by itself – I can’t get enough of it!

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

read, study, go for long walks with friends, and take my dog through the trails, there’s no better way to relax than to immerse yourself in nature.

JusTeam Canada Feature: Grayson Bain

It seems like everywhere Grayson goes these days, people tell him they are looking for food that is natural, healthy and directly benefiting the farmer. So, he is proud to be the founding father of JusTea – who’s tea is all of those things! As Mzee (East African term for proud old man) he loves seeing how Paul (Tea Captain) and Russ (Doctor of Operations) have taken over the leadership of JusTea, in partnership with the Katah family of Kenya.

A day in the life for Grayson begins at 8 am. This Canadian Mzee wakes up and hops on his bike to go on a 15km uphill bicycle ride through the city to the JusTea office. During these daily bike rides to the office, Grayson dreams about his trips to Kenya and the magical 6 am sunrises on the tea farm in Nandi Hills filled with monkey chatter and bird song. Read on to learn more about Grayson and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Grayson Bain JusTea

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea? 

Contemplate family, flowers, read a good book…

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy? 

Nanaimo Bars!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? 

Here for a Good Time (not a long time)

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

Kenyan Black.  Straight and strong.

Do you have any funny (maybe not so funny…but) stories from Kenya? 

Davison, who owned 1 acre of tea said, It’s too bad we have not been taught about how to protect our topsoil from erosion on these steep slopes, around the bushes.  See? It is flowing down into that stream, and then that joins the start of the Nile. And our soil goes all the way down the Nile.  The Egyptian should be thanking us.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Riding around (on my bike) or taking Cleo (Paul’s and Sally’s daughter) to the park.

 

JusTeam Canada Feature: Sally Bain

Sally Bain

Order Fulfillment

Sally is involved in many aspects of JusTea, from packaging design and spoon wrapping to chatting with you at tea festivals! These days you’ll find her in our office sipping on Peppermint Detox while she fulfills your orders. If you’ve ordered from JusTea you’ve likely received a hand-written thank you note from her!

When JusTea was getting started, Sally helped design some of JusTea’s packaging and branding elements, including our beautiful logo and triangle boxes. She loves visiting Kenya and has visited twice, in 2014 and 2015. She especially loves the delicious Kenyan Chapatis (a soft, layered bread). If Paul goes on a trip to Kenya without her, she always asks him to bring her one home. It may be a little stale after that 20+ hour flight but she says it’s still amazing! Anyone know a place in Vancouver to get Sally some authentic Kenyan Chapatis on the reg!?

Read on to learn more about Sally and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Sally Bain JusTea

Who will win the battle for the throne in GOT?

I’m rooting for Khaleesi

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Fulfill orders 🙂 or read a book

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine?

Definitely maple syrup

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

I think Russ would last a long time so I would stick with him. Otherwise, I’d become a zombie right away.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Baby Shark. Just kidding, I have it stuck in my head though and now you do too.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

Romeo and Juliet, the one with Leonardo DiCaprio, came out when I was a teenager and I have no doubt I can quote the whole thing.

What TV show are you watching right now?

Broad City

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

African Chai with almond milk and maple syrup or Peppermint Detox straight up.

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya?

Paul and I would sometimes jog in the mornings in Nandi Hills but we were always kind of embarrassed by the dozens of kids chasing us. I think it made us run faster. Also, one of the dogs at the tea farm had puppies and they were super cute but they gave me fleas, which I could not get rid of. I was just minding my business while these fleas had their way with me for about 2 weeks and they didn’t bother anybody else!?! Except for the dog presumably.

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Being a mom to Cleo!! Does that count as free time?

JusTeam Canada Feature: Paul Bain

Paul Bain 

Tea Captain

Paul has travelled from Vancouver to Nandi Hills every year for the past 7 years. Kenya is the country he has spent the most time in besides Canada, and in many ways, it feels like home to him. Paul is energized by working directly with small-scale farmers in Kenya, living with them on the tea gardens and processing tea together. He is passionate about connecting you back to the farmer who made your cup of tea possible… like Boaz, Jamilla and Emmanuel. Paul manages JusTea’s sales, marketing, and product development. If you have any questions about tea, He’s your go-to, he has taken many courses in tea and is a professional tea taster. Read on to learn more about Paul and follow along on Instagram and Facebook to see more #JusTeamCanada features.

Tea Captain Paul Bain

Who will win the battle for the throne in Game of Thrones? 

The Night King

What is your favourite thing to do while drinking tea?

Sitting on the couch with my wife Sally, watching logs in the fireplace sizzle and crackle.

What’s your favourite Canadian delicacy; maple syrup or poutine? 

Maple syrup!

How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?

1 day … if on land. We all just need to get on a boat and sail to an island. Zombies can’t swim, right?

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Any instrumental old-school Hawaiian song with a slide guitar. Such as Nani Wolfgramm. I love that music.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish?

Lion King

What TV show are you watching right now?

Survivor… season 38!

What’s your favourite tea from JusTea? How do you take it?

Kenya White Rhino… limited release coming soon ? stay tuned!

Do you have any funny stories from Kenya? 

Many! One of my faves is when we were having dinner with Boaz, Jamilla and their son Trevor (who was 3 years old at the time). We were eating our meal and asking Trevor what colour different things in the room were. What colour is the table… brown.  What colour is the salad… green. Then Boaz asked Trevor what colour I was… PEACH! hahaha

How do you spend your free time outside of work?

Planting things in the garden with my 2-year-old daughter Cleo, playing soccer with my friends, or listening to podcasts/audiobooks.