I am so excited to release this collection! The "Julep" Collection is inspired by the 1800s, and New Orleans haunted history (with a little bit of inspiration from Disneyland since I have yet to actually visit New Orleans!)
I was wracking my brain trying to figure out a collection to release at the "Haunted Souls Bazaar" May 7th. I decided to ask Lupe (the event creator and owner of @LupesArt and @BlackWillowGallery on IG) what her favorite types of teas are, and she told me one of them is mint. This immediately sparked inspiration for me.
A little bit of my thought process:
The "Haunted Souls Bazaar" event is located at Heritage Square Museum in LA. Lupe's aesthetic for the whole event is this stunning sage green and I really wanted something to compliment that. Heritage Square Museum is a gorgeous "neighborhood" of Victorian homes in pristine condition. I've visited the museum a few times and it has always reminds me of Disneyland. In my head, I started connecting the two. Whenever I'm at Disneyland, I always find myself getting Mint Juleps from New Orleans Square, and thought that coming out with a "Julep" Collection would be perfect.
The "Phantom Julep" Mourning Brew
This tea is inspired by New Orleans and its haunted history. This blend is made up of Black Tea, Mint, Basil, Lemon, & Blackberries, creating a brew reminiscent of the early 1800s.
*Suggestion: Make as an iced tea, use brown sugar to sweeten, garnish with mint leaves and a fresh blackberries.
The "Rosewillow Julep" Mourning Brew
This tea is inspired by lakeside willows, fresh blooms, and citrus trees. This blend is made up of Black Tea, Mint, Rose Petals, & Lemon, creating a brew perfect for garden parties.
*Suggestion: Make as an iced tea, use honey to sweeten, garnish with mint leaves and a fresh lemon.
The "Sweetea Julep" Mourning Brew
This brew is inspired by Southern Sweet Tea & Mint Juleps. This delightful blend is made up of Black Tea, Mint, Lemon, and real Dark Brown Sugar, creating a unique caramallized drink.
*Suggestion: Make as an iced tea or as an “Arnold Palmer”, garnish with mint leaves and a maraschino cherry.
I really wanted to touch on the beauty and the mysteriousness of New Orleans. Here are the mood boards I created for each blend:
If you want to get your hands on this collection first, please consider going to the "Haunted Souls Bazaar" May 7th in LA! It is a free event and you can reserve your tickets HERE.