Nessie is back! First there was the Nessie Ladle, then along came the larger Mamma Nessie, who let little Nessie ride on her back. Now the Tel Aviv-based designers at OTOTO have brought created a new addition to this cute cryptid family. Meet Baby Nessie, a loose-leaf tea infuser made of silicone in the shape of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.
This is a tea infuser I made for my jewelry class (Yeah, I know it’s not jewelry, whatever.) it’s designed to sit on top of the cup with its wings, and then you put the tea leaves in the little bowl in the center and pour the water through it :)
Here are some recipes I have made or have been trying out for spring!
Three Flower Sugar -
1 oz lavender
1 dried rose, just the petals
1 oz dried chamomile or honeysuckle
Grind in a mortal and pestle, add ½ cup of sugar and grind until powder fine. Store in pink jar for love spells, self care spells, and to amplify the properties of the flowers.
Uses: Sprinkle on sugar cookies for Beltane rituals, stir into an herbal tea, sprinkle over offerings for the fae, use in a self care spell jar, use in spells to sweeten relationships or communication, etc.
Floral Tincture -
Great for making drinks, baking, or use in potions for Spring celebrations.
equal parts dried lavender, honeysuckle, chamomile, elder flowers, roses etc (I used chamomile, elder flowers, and honeysuckle.)
1 jar (dark jar if possible)
just enough vodka or other 180 proof alcohol to just cover the flowers, maybe ½ in over the dried materials
Place flowers into jar, cover with alcohol and shake vigorously.
Store in a dark cool place.
let steep for 4 weeks or more
Strain through a fine mesh strainer/coffee filter or muslin cloth, squeeze excess out of the flowers.
Strain through coffee filter or muslin cloth once more and bottle in a glass bottle/jar.
Uses: Use in cooking recipes like you would vanilla extract or other baking flavorings, use an eye dropper to drop into sparkling water/tea for a refreshing drink, use like bitters in a martini recipe, use for potions or spells, etc.
Lavender Meyer Lemon Mint Tea -
From the book “infuse”
8 sprigs of fresh mint
4 sprigs dried lavender
4 Meyer lemon peels
30 oz of water
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher in the refrigerator over night (for at least 10 hours). A relaxing and refreshing drink for all spring celebrations. :) Also can be used for cleansing and purifying properties to boost your Spring Cleaning, from the inside out.