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Fairmont Digestif (Wellness Tea)

Cup Characteristics:  A smooth and full-flavored cup, with refreshing mint and mild ginger notes. Finishes beautifully, with a hint of spice. 
Luxury Ingredients:  Spearmint, Lemon balm, Peppermint, Camomile, Anise, Lemon grass, Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon, Orange peel, Papaya.

Digestifs have long been enjoyed before meals to prepare the body for the upcoming task of digesting our food.  (The pre-dinner beverage gets its name from the Latin word digestivus, to digest.  The word digestif  itself comes to us from France, a country well known for its gastronomical prowess!)   While food historians are generally at odds as to where the tradition of preparing digestifs originated, there are a few theories. One such theory is that the tradition originated in ancient Greece, where chefs began serving bread wrapped around slices of ginger after meals to aid digestion.  (Ginger is a key component of Fairmont Digestif.)  Legend has it that one such chef, impressed with ginger’s digestive capabilities decided to serve boiled ginger water before meals.  Yet another theory maintains that the tradition of sipping a digestif before dinner was started by fashionable French aristocrats sometime before the French Revolution – mais oui! Another theory is that you take a digestif after your meal as a means of relaxation and letting your body begin the process of digestion. (There are still countless other creation stories associated with the digestif - whichever you choose to believe is fine with us!)

Until now, imbibers with an aversion to alcohol have typically had to pass on the aperitif order and simply begin or end their meals unprepared.  Now, thanks to Fairmont Digestif, even teetotalers can reap the benefits of an herbal digestif that will get the body’s juices flowing, so to speak. The blend infuses ginger with peppermint and spearmint, both herbs with hundreds of years of use as a digestive aid, with numerous other herbs and spices known to have a positive affect on the body. Brew a pot and put your stomach at ease – before or after your meal!

Hot tea brewing method:  Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea or 1 teabag for each 8 ounces of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). This tea is best when consumed without milk or sugar. 

Iced tea-brewing method:  (to make 1 liter/quart):  Place 6 teaspoons of tea or 6 teabags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water].

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