The cherry blossoms are filling the streets, which means it’s time to give a warm welcome to cold-brewed tea. Some of our faves? Rose Oolong, Osmanthus Oolong, Tie Kwan Yin Oolong, and the ever-popular Oriental Beauty, all of which have punchy flavor profiles that all stand up well to cold-brewing.
It also means that it’s almost time for Easter, one of the most beloved holidays of kids everywhere. (After all, who doesn’t love a giant fuzzy animal who leaves you candy?)
To celebrate, we put together a list of our favorite Easter tips, trivia, and festive ideas:
Curious about why we celebrate Easter with a giant rabbit? Reportedly, the Easter Bunny was introduced to America by the German immigrants who brought over their stories of an egg-laying hare, Osterhase. The children made nests for Osterhase to lay its colored eggs in, and left carrots out in case the rabbit tired from his endless hopping.
Hunting for Easter Eggs is a popular tradition throughout the United States and Canada. In the U.S., the White House hosts an annual Easter Egg Roll, where push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn. The first official event was held in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
Can’t live without your pear-flavored Jelly Bellies? Reportedly, jelly beans became associated with Easter in the 1930s; the jelly bean’s origins date back much further, to an ancient jellied treat called Turkish Delight).
The most popular Easter candy? The marshmallow Peep, a colorful sugar-dipped marshmallow in the shape of (usually) a chick. Pennsylvania-based candy manufacturer Just Born, founded by a Russian immigrant, began selling Peeps in the ’50s.
Trix may be for kids, but Easter’s for everyone. Make your favorite grown-up kid happy with a basket packed with chocolate and a variety of tea bags.
Host an Easter brunch and allow guests to experiment with brewing and preparing their own oolong tea.
Want an awesome idea for better hard-boiled Easter Eggs? Try making Tea Eggs instead, flavored with oolong tea, soy sauce, orange zest, and star anise.
Gorgeous day out? Celebrate by filling up your Chillaxer with your favorite oolong and packing a picnic.
Tell us how you plan to celebrate Easter in the comments below!
Easter trivia from History.com