Did you know yesterday was National Mai Tai Day? I honestly can't remember the last time I had a Mai Tai -- or any other frou frou cocktail. Sometime in my twenties, I decided those sugary, high-calorie drinks just weren't worth the calories -- or hangovers.
But I love the idea of tropical fruity cocktails -- which still make me think of a deliciously decadent beach vacation (ah, the power of advertising). And this week, I'm rediscovering the taste of these treats -- minus the sugar, fat and alcohol. How? Zhena's Gypsy Tea.
My favorite so far: Coconut Rum. Just pour hot water over this pretty sachet and you'll be greeted with a luxurious coconut-meets-pineapple flavor, spiked with a hint of rum. It's like a summer indulgence -- with green tea antioxidants! I also liked the Berry Bellini -- a more tart, fruity brew made with organic apples, orange and lemon peel, raspberries, and peach flavor.
I discovered those two at Evolue's fundraiser party for Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic safety database earlier this week -- and I'm already looking forward to trying out the other three flavors: Mojito Mint, Strawberry Kiwi, and Papaya Mango. Want to try one of these cocktail-teas yourself? A tin of 22 sachets costs $6.99.