4 Iced Tea Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day is a special occasion to gather with friends and family to remember the sacrifices our troops have made over the course of American history. The national holiday also marks the unofficial start to summer, and many families choose to celebrate this with cookouts, camping, boat rides, and other fun outdoor activities.

This year, put a new spin on your Memorial Day weekend menu with a refreshing take on our Charleston Tea Plantation teas.

Here are four recipes for making the perfect pitcher of festive sweet tea:

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1. Watermelon Sweet Tea

Pair this delicious iced watermelon sweet tea with spicy barbeque.

What you’ll need:

Our American Classic Tea, brewed and iced

12 cups of watermelon chunks, freshly cut and seedless

1 cup of sugar






2. Plantation Peach Iced Tea

A must-have for a Memorial Day picnic.

What you’ll need:

Our Plantation Peach tea, brewed and iced

4-5 ripe peaches

1 cup of sugar

A sprig of mint leaves




3. Rockin’ Raspberry Sweet Tea

The perfect sweet tea to sip while watching the fireworks.

What you’ll need:

Our Rockville Raspberry tea, brewed and iced

3 oz. of fresh raspberries

1 cup of sugar







4. Southern Spirit Carolina Mint Tea

Serve some Southern charm at the cookout with this cravable iced mint sweet tea recipe.

What you’ll need:

Our Carolina Mint tea, brewed and iced

1-2 cups of sugar

1-2 bunches of mint leaves

Lemon slices

We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! If you’re looking for a fun activity the whole family can enjoy, come visit us at Charleston Tea Plantation!

100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die: Charleston Tea Plantation

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While writers Lynn and Cele Seldon live in North Carolina, the couple frequently journeys south to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. Their new book, 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die, highlights the Holy City’s best restaurants, shops, and activities. They recommend that visitors go paddling with coastal expeditions, hop on a carriage tour, and, our personal favorite, plan a parade of plantations. We are excited to announce that Charleston Tea Plantation is featured on the list of Lowcountry plantations you can’t miss!

The book includes the charming story of an older, wealthy Charlestonian woman who, when asked why she doesn’t travel more often, famously replied: “My dear, why should I travel when I’m already here?” Charleston enjoys a growing reputation for phenomenal Southern cooking, beautiful architecture, and gracious locals.

If you’re planning a visit to the Holy City, make sure to include Charleston Tea Plantation on your travel itinerary!

Here are our top 3 stops to make at Charleston Tea Plantation when you visit:

1. Take a trolley tour.

Charleston Tea Plantation Trolley

Hope on our vintage red or green trolley for a comfortable, guided plantation tour. While on the tour, one of our fun, cheerful guides will explain the history of CTP, the tea making process, and our unique tea flavors. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire our beautiful grounds and our greenhouse.

2. Learn about our factory production.

Charleston Tea Plantation Tour

Interested in learning about how tea is made? Come experience our free factory tour for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into our production process. Visitors can walk through our facility in an air conditioned gallery. While you view our factory floor and equipment, large TV screens will introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow and explain every detail of our tea-making process.  

3. Stop in our gift shop.

Charleston Tea Plantation Gift Shop

Come stop in our gift shop and find a little piece of CTP to take home with you. We have a wide selection of tea-related gifts, including fabulous teapots, “tea” shirts, tea infusers, mugs, tea towels, and hundreds of other unique accessories. On your way out, don’t forget to stop by for a photo-op with our mascot, Waddy the Frog!

We’re looking forward to seeing you! If you’d like more information, head on over to CharlestonTeaPlantation.com or to place an order with the Gift Shop, give us a call at 843-559-0383 Ext. 4206. We’d be happy to chat with you! Directions to our plantation can be found here.

Go Green with Charleston Tea Plantation Green Tea

Charleston Tea Plantation Green Tea

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be festive to steep a cup of Charleston Tea Plantation Green Tea in celebration!

Just behind black tea, green tea is one of the most popular types of tea on the market. Harvested right here on Charleston Tea Plantation, our green teas come from the same plants as our black teas. The difference between green tea and black tea is actually oxidation, not the types of tea leaf.

The oxidation process involves grinding up the leaves and then exposing the ground leaves to the air. Black tea is often oxidized for 1 to 1.5 hours before being dried. Green tea, on the other hand, is not allowed to oxidize at all. It goes straight from the grinders to the dryer.

We are proud to offer two types of green tea that are made on our plantation, our traditional Green Tea and our Green Tea flavored with Mint. So even if you forget to wear green this St. Patrick’s Day, make sure you’re sipping on one of our green teas so you don’t get pinched!

Ready to give one of our teas a try or need to restock on your favorite flavor? Give our Gift Shop a call at 843-559-0383 ext. 4206 to let us help you place an order!

Recipe: Charleston Tea Plantation Sweet Tea

Charleston Tea Plantation Sweet Tea Recipe

February has arrived, love is in the air, and no Southern date is complete without a little sweet tea. One of the oldest traditions in the South, sweet tea consumption dates back to the 1800s, less than a century after the first tea plants were planted in South Carolina. The tea was cultivated right here in Charleston and Charleston Tea Plantation tea just happens to be the official hospitality beverage for the state of South Carolina.

For Valentine’s Day, we recommend adding hot tea to breakfast in bed, sweet iced tea to a romantic dinner, or a visit to our lovely plantation. Get brewing with our sweet tea recipe:    

One Gallon of Charleston Tea Plantation Iced Tea

1.  Place 9 Charleston Tea Plantation pyramid teabags in a separate heat safe container.  Add more or less tea bags depending on desired strength.

2.  Bring fresh, cold water to a good, rolling boil. 

3.  As soon as the water reaches a rolling boil, pour directly over the teabags.

4.  Steep the tea bags for approximately 6 minutes.

5.   Add water and ice to bring to a gallon.

For iced sweet tea, we suggest that you create a simple syrup with sugar prior to adding it to your brewed tea.

Simple Syrup Recipe

In a saucepan, put equal parts of sugar to water. Heat water, stirring sugar until dissolved. Add simple syrup to your brewed iced tea according to your taste.

Click here for a printable version of the recipe. 

Here are four sweet ways to customize your favorite CTP flavor: because nothing says "I love you," like a glass of our delicious Southern sweet tea.

Heart-shaped Ice Cube Tray

While you won’t find a “heart of ice” written in any Valentine’s cards, a cold heart is actually a perfect complement to your sweet tea. Buy an inexpensive heart-shaped ice cube tray, fill with water, chill, and then drop each heart into a glass of tea for a sweet treat.

Pair with Chocolate

We can’t think of a single beverage in the world that isn’t improved with a side of chocolate. Enjoy your tea with your favorite box of heart-shaped chocolates or other Valentine’s Day candy.

Add a Bouquet  

Let the sweet fragrance from the flowers enhance the scent of a freshly brewed cup of tea. We recommend orange and pink tinted roses to match our CTP sweet tea.

Infuse with Love  

A charming heart-shaped tea infuser or a beautiful mug is the perfect present for the tea lover in your life. Shop our collection of infusers, mugs, teapots, and other accessories in our gift store. Or give our Gift Shop a call at 843- 559-0383‬ and we would happy to help you place an order!

4 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month

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Warm up and celebrate National Hot Tea Month this January with your favorite Charleston Tea Plantation blends. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying National Hot Tea Month while practicing self-care in the new year:

Stay cozy

Keep the winter chill away by cozying up with a blanket and a new blend of hot tea. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to try new things, and we have 9 teas to choose from! Take your taste buds back to summer with a mug of our Plantation Peach tea, or sip our sophisticated Earl Grey blend. Go big with the Tea Sampler containing six of our most popular blends to get a taste of it all.

Increase productivity

As we return to work and school after the holidays, approaching deadlines can feel overwhelming. Stay productive and stress-free with a comfortable morning routine. For an optimal sleep cycle, go to bed and wake up at consistent times. In the morning, brew a hot cup of our Breakfast Blend Tea and make a to-do list. For an afternoon pick-me-up that can help improve your mental focus, brew a cup of our Green Tea and step away from your desk to unplug for a few minutes during the work day.

Boost your immune system

During the winter months, colds and the flu are more common than ever. Fight a weakened immune system with vitamin C and a hot mug of tea. Try a cup of our Cinnamon Spice Tea to help clear your sinuses and stay hydrated. To soothe a sore throats, sweeten your tea with a spoonful of honey and add a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Visit Charleston Tea Plantation

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Hot Tea Month than by visiting the largest tea plantation in North America. Learn about how tea is planted, harvested, and processed with our educational (and fun!) tours. A relaxing walk in the sunshine at our beautiful plantation is sure to boost your mood and relieve stress. A visit to our plantation is also an opportunity to sample each one of our irresistible teas. We look forward to seeing you!

5 Gifts for the Tea Lover

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During the holiday season, we enjoy sipping a hot mug of tea on a cold day and, of course, giving and gifting! We all know at least one friend, family member, or co-worker who prefers tea over coffee, only drinks organic blends, and can’t survive Mondays without a mug of tea. We’ve made shopping for that special person easy with this list of five tea-riffic presents from our gift shop.

charleston tea plantation lip balm

For the friend who misses summer:

As much as we love the holidays, chilly temperatures can wreak havoc on skin. Soothe chapped lips and smile all winter long with the newest addition to our skincare line, lip balm. These tea infused lip balms make the perfect stocking stuffers.






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For the friend who sips sweetly:

These adorable bowls are just waiting to be filled with sugar, spice, and everything nice during the holiday season. This little tea accessory is a great addition to a gift of a tea-themed mug or pretty teapot. We can promise the lucky recipient will use the Mud Pie sugar bowl all year long whenever they’re craving something sweet.





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For the “punny” friend:

Monday mornings have nothing on this cheerful, humorous mug. If your friend, co-worker, or family member can’t start the day without a hot cup of tea, then this mug will make mornings easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.






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For Santa’s sweetest helper:

These honey lollipops are a whimsical addition to any stocking. They melt into your hot tea for the perfect touch of sweetness. Even the kids in your family can enjoy these delicious treats. Grab a handful of these honey lollipops for a unique gift.





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For the friend with most festive tree:

Nothing says Christmas quite like a beautiful tree adorned with shining ornaments and bright lights. This beautiful CTP ornament is a lasting memento of a visit to our plantation and a festive addition to any holiday tree.  







Shop these tea-riffic presents at the Charleston Tea Plantation Gift Shop or give us a call at 843-559-0383 ext. 4206 to have something shipped to your door! Visit our website to stock up on our tea for easy gifting. We hope you and your family have a happy, safe holiday season!


3 Fall-Inspired Recipes to Pair with Charleston Tea Plantation Tea

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As the days become shorter and the nights become cooler, you may find yourself reaching for a mug of hot tea instead of the iced version you’ve enjoyed all summer. Halloween decorations are starting to appear and fall festivities are abound. Autumnal pastries and desserts pair perfectly with a cup of our Charleston Tea Plantation tea.

We have picked 3 different Charleston Tea Plantation tea flavors to go with 3 of our favorite fall-inspired baked goods.

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Pumpkin Crumb Muffins with Chocolate

Start your morning off sweet with a pumpkin muffin and a mug of our breakfast blend. You already know that pumpkin pies and bread are seasonal essentials but a true pumpkin spice enthusiast should take on these surprisingly healthy muffins. They’re even gluten-free! Ghirardelli chocolate is the perfect complement to rich pumpkin in these fluffy muffins. The full recipe can be found here.


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Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Scones

Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea with a festive fall treat. These delicious pumpkin scones are an autumnal twist on the classic tea-and-scones combo. This homemade pastry will fulfill all of your pumpkin cravings. We recommend sipping our Earl Grey blend for a smooth finish. Get the full recipe here.


caramel apple cupcake recipe


Caramel Apple Cupcakes

For dessert, whip up these irresistible caramel apple cupcakes and then relax with a soothing cup of evening tea. Baked with fresh apple and topped off with caramel buttercream frosting, these cupcakes will become your favorite fall dessert. Pair with a cup of our Cinnamon Spice Tea during a cool autumn night. Read the full recipe here.


This season, cozy up with a hot mug of our tea and a delicious pastry. Charleston Tea Plantation’s exclusive blends are a must-have for any tea enthusiast and these 3 recipes are just the icing on top.

Celebrate Fall with Charleston Tea Plantation

Charleston Tea Plantation

It might not feel like fall here in Charleston quite yet, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming of colorful foliage and cooler days. With South Carolina grown black tea and natural cinnamon flavor, our Cinnamon Spice Tea is perfect for the changing seasons!

With fall comes the new school year! If you are still trying to get back into your school year routine, a little morning caffeine might help. Black tea has an average of 30-60 milligrams of caffeine per serving. Choose from any of the 7 black teas in our Charleston Tea Plantation collection to give you that little energy boost. It's just what you need to get in the swing of the back to school morning routine!

Check out our caff-o-meter below to see how your morning caffeine fix stacks up:


As the first day of fall approaches on September 22nd, the nights become chilly, fall decorations pop up on front porches and you can finally pull out your favorite cozy sweaters from the back of your closet. And what sounds better than binge-watching your favorite scary movies while curled up in a blanket and sipping a hot, soothing mug of tea?  

We often get asked what the best time of year is to visit Charleston Tea Plantation. While we are open year round and there is always something for you to see and enjoy, fall holds special surprises for visitors. There is usually still time for visitors to catch the end of harvest season as it wraps up around the end of September or the beginning of October. It is also during this time of the year that the Camellia Sinensis, also known as the tea plant, begins to bloom. They can start to bloom as early as August. However, they typically peak in September and can sometimes last through late October. This is usually shortly after the harvest season has come to a close. Traditionally, the blooms are followed by the plants' dormant season.

The Camellia sinensis Bloom

The Camellia sinensis Bloom

So, when you are pulling together your Fall 2017 Bucket List, be sure to pencil us on there so you can catch all the wonderful things happening at Charleston Tea Plantation!

August: National Peach Month

August National Peach Month Charleston Tea Plantation

Summertime in the south is great for so many reasons. From days at the beach to harvest season here at CTP, there are so many reasons to enjoy summer in the Lowcountry.  But one of our absolute favorite parts of summer is that it’s peach season.

Peaches are in season from early June through September, making it the perfect summertime fruit. Because peaches and summer are such a great pair, August has been named National Peach Month. And in South Carolina, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate peaches.

Although Georgia is officially called the Peach State, South Carolina actually produces more peaches than our neighbor to the south. South Carolina produces approximately 60,000 tons of peaches a year, second only to California. Peaches are such a staple of South Carolina farming that the state legislature made the peach the official state fruit of South Carolina in 1984.

As proud residents of South Carolina, all of us at the Charleston Tea Plantation are crazy about peaches. That’s why we’ve incorporated our state fruit into our Plantation PeachⓇ Tea, also grown right here in South Carolina.

Charleston Tea Plantation Plantation Peach Tea

With its refreshing, fresh-from-the-farm flavor, Our Plantation Peach Tea has been a favorite with many of our CTP visitors. Whether you enjoy it off the kettle in the mornings or iced during warm Lowcountry afternoons, Plantation Peach is the perfect way to celebrate summer and National Peach Month.

Whether you’re celebrating with peach tea, peach cobbler, or a single peach, the team at Charleston Tea Plantation wishes you a happy- and delicious- National Peach Month!

You can shop for our Plantation Peach teabags or loose tea online, and also find it bottled at the retailers listed on this page.

Beat the Heat With Tea This Summer

Beat the Heat with Tea This Summer Charleston Tea Plantation

Summer in the Lowcountry is a beautiful time of year. Beach trips, boat days, and sunny days out in the field are some of our favorite activities. But sometimes, the soaring temperatures make those activities hard to enjoy, and even dangerous if you don’t stay hydrated.

During the summer, our bodies are constantly losing water as we breathe, sweat, and work hard to go about our lives, making it extremely important that we stay hydrated. If you aren’t a big water drinker, no problem! There are plenty of other ways you can stay hydrated.

Here are a few ways you can beat the heat with tea this summer:

Drink Tea

Start your morning with a cup of hot tea to get hydrated early on, and switch to iced tea as the day goes on and the temperature rises. Tea consists mostly of water and is just as hydrating, with the added bonus of great taste and antioxidants.

If you think you may get tired of so much tea, don’t worry- Charleston Tea Plantation offers plenty of flavors so you’ll never get bored.

Make Tea Popsicles

Another way to make sure you don’t get tired of tea- turn it into a popsicle! Tea popsicles are a fun way to stay hydrated while also enjoying a refreshingly cold treat.

You can find loads of delicious recipes with a quick Google search, like this classic recipe or these fun strawberry green tea popsicles.

Get Creative with Tea Ice Cubes

Although tea mostly consists of water, the taste of your iced tea can diminish when ice cubes melt. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to keep your drinks icy cold while keeping the taste you love- tea ice cubes!

Just pour your favorite tea into an ice cube tray and freeze them for a couple of hours. Then toss a few in your drink and you’ll have the perfect cold, tasty refreshment.

Other ways to stay hydrated include eating fruits and vegetables, drinking a smoothie or coconut water, and of course, drinking plenty of water. The best way to ensure that you have a happy summer is to have a safe one, so be sure to stay hydrated as the temperatures rise.

June: National Iced Tea Month

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Nothing says summertime quite like a nice cup of iced tea, and that’s why June has been named National Iced Tea Month. Living in the Lowcountry, we often need to cool down during the summer with a cold glass of iced tea. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to enjoy iced tea during National Iced Tea Month- and the rest of the year!

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Our bottled teas are convenient while still offering that farm-fresh flavor. Just grab one from the fridge and you’re ready to go! And with five flavors to choose from, from classic sweet tea to our green tea with mango, you’ll never get bored.

One of our favorite summertime activities is making our own iced tea using our favorite CTP teas. If you enjoy making your own iced tea like us, check out our recipe for summer sun tea. When making your own iced tea, remember this simple rule of thumb: add 8 bags of your preferred flavor per gallon of water. We offer nine flavors with our teabags. Try our Rockville Raspberry or Green Tea with Mint in your next iced tea batch!

Charleston Tea Plantation Tea

In addition to bottled iced tea and teabags, Charleston Tea Plantation also offers loose leaf tea for purchase. Our leaves have a larger leaf style that produces a smooth, rich taste for tea lovers who enjoy the subtle nuances full leaf loose tea.

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No matter how you enjoy your iced tea, Charleston Tea Plantation can help you celebrate National Iced Tea Month the right way. We know we’ll be celebrating all month long!

Meet Our Fearless Leaders

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One of the many things that makes Charleston Tea Plantation so special is the people behind the tea, and that starts with our leadership. Meet Bill Hall and David and Eunice Bigelow.

William Barclay Hall, a third-generation tea taster, purchased the land that Charleston Tea Plantation now calls home in 1987. Bill received his formal training in London, England where he completed a four-year apprenticeship. When Bill first purchased the land, it was an experimental tea farm used for research and development. He then converted the farm to a commercial operation that we know today as the Charleston Tea Plantation.

Bill’s vision for this beautiful piece of land on Wadmalaw fostered the Charleston Tea Plantation, leading to the creation of his original “American Classic” tea, the first tea to ever be made with 100% American grown tea.

In 2003, Charleston Tea Plantation was seeking additional financing, and longtime friends of Bill’s, the Bigelow family, stepped up to the plate. The Bigelow Tea Company purchased the plantation, and a wonderful partnership formed.

Pictured left to right: David Bigelow, Bill Hall, and Eunice Bigelow

Pictured left to right: David Bigelow, Bill Hall, and Eunice Bigelow

Eunice and David Bigelow are co-chairmen of The Bigelow Tea Company. Continuing a legacy started by his parents in the 1940’s, David, with the help and support of his wife Eunice, pioneered the company’s expansion, eventually turning it into the country’s foremost specialty tea company. Thanks to their efforts in introducing specialty tea to mass markets and grocery stores, Eunice and David have helped pave the way for companies and farms like the Charleston Tea Plantation to succeed.

Together, Bill and the Bigelow’s passion for tea and experience in the field have created a legacy of American grown tea. Without these determined and passionate pioneers, the Charleston Tea Plantation would not be what it is today.

Charleston Tea Plantation's Environmental Commitment

April is Earth Month, which means celebrating the steps that individuals and groups take to help the Earth. Charleston Tea Plantation and the Bigelow family are committed to making a difference and protecting our environment. Bigelow Tea’s Mission Statement is “do the right thing and good things will follow,” and here at CTP, we apply that mission to our environmental commitment.

When growing and producing tea, we make sure that none of our practices harm the environment. That starts with using absolutely no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides in the fields. With our custom irrigation system, we rely solely on rain and pond water to hydrate our plants, allowing us to conserve water.

We use waste from stems and fibers from made tea and the production process as mulch in the fields. This organic mulch helps the soil retain water, inhibits weed growth, and even prevents sloping ground from soil erosion. It also breaks down over time, providing an environment for earthworms and other beneficial insects. Our mulch is great for the environment as well as our plants.

Our environmental commitment continues off the fields as well. We use XLERATORⓇ electric hand dryers in our restrooms, which are a much more environmentally friendly option than paper towels. Not to mention, they use 80% less energy than other conventional hand dryers.

Our employees are just as committed to protecting the environment, with all of us taking small steps around the plantation to make a difference. “Green Goals” are incorporated into our employee and departmental goals, making the commitment to the environment a company wide priority. One of our main goals is to reduce the amount of paper used around the office by tracking deparment paper use and using both sides of the paper when printing and copying. We also post “Weekly Green Tips” around the office to educate and inspire employees to always think green.

Here at Charleston Tea Plantation and the Bigelow Tea Company, it is extremely important to us to protect the environment, especially during Earth Month. We hope that through our commitment to the environment, we can inspire our employees, our visitors, and our entire community.

Spring and Summer Sun Tea

While a little bit of cold is sticking around, it seems that warm weather is finally around the corner. With the warm weather comes some of our favorite spring and summertime activities, from heading to the beach or enjoying an outdoor picnic to sitting on the porch and sipping sun tea. While some think of sun tea as a memory from a bygone time, we think this easy to make, delicious drink should be in everyone’s cups during warm weather.

Here’s how you can make your own batch of sun tea during the spring and summer months.

1. Grab a glass dispenser, as large as you want.

2. Place your tea bags into the container before pouring water into it to better infuse the tea. Add 8 of your favorite CTP tea bags per gallon of water. The number of tea bags will depend on the size of your container, so just be sure to measure out how much water you’re putting in. There’s really no rule as to what tea to use, it depends entirely upon your preference. We recommend our Plantation Peach or Rockville Raspberry teas for a fun take on your sun tea!

3. After putting in the tea bags, cover the container and place it in the sun. From there, wait for it to steep. While the amount of time the tea will take to steep depends on several factors, from the type of tea you’re using to the temperature outside, plan on about 2-3 hours of sun time. Just check to see when the tea has reached the color and flavor you’re looking for.

4. From here, put your own spin on it! Add sugar, honey, lemon, or any other garnish you like to your tea. For things like sugar and honey, add ¼ a cup at a time until you reach your desired taste.

5. Pour a glass, step outside, and enjoy your sun tea!



When it comes to making the most of warm weather, it’s the little things that count. A glass (or two!) of refreshing, tasty sun tea is sure to make your spring and summer all the more enjoyable.

Planning a Beau-TEA-ful Wedding with Help from Charleston Tea Plantation

Spring and summer are upon us, which means it’s time to get ready for another season as well: wedding season! It’s one of our favorite times of year here at Charleston Tea Plantation. Along with the start of our harvest season, we get to host beautiful weddings out on the plantation and help spread the love. We also get to share some of the fun, delicious ways that you can incorporate tea into your special day! Here are just a few ideas for all of you tea lovers planning weddings this year.


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Instagram / @nonibrueckner / Noni Brueckner Photography

Located on beautiful Wadmalaw Island, our plantation is the perfect spot for a Lowcountry wedding. From the drive under the oaks to the expansive tea fields, Charleston Tea Plantation is the picture perfect wedding venue! We have been thrilled to see many happy couple tie the knot under the limbs of our “Wedding Tree.”


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It’s also easy- and tasty- to incorporate tea into your wedding beverage menu! Tea makes a delicious drink option for weddings any time of year. Enjoy a hot tea cart during the winter, or some sweetened iced tea for the perfect Southern summer wedding. Your guests can also enjoy tea at the bar with a signature tea cocktail, like the Earl Grey Tea cocktail pictured below! Find the recipe here.

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Sugar and Charm / sugarandcharm.com


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Tea can also make the perfect party favor for guests at your wedding. Whether it’s personalized tea leaves, tea bags with a cute message, or DIY tea tins, you can pick a tea favor that your guests are sure to love.

National Hot Tea Month

National Hot Tea Month

It’s time to celebrate, because January is National Hot Tea Month! While we love drinking hot tea all year round here at CTP, cold January is the perfect time to warm up with a cup. Here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate this wonderful month!

Host a tea party

While it may seem like a thing of the past, or at least reserved for young girls’ birthday parties, hosting a tea party is the perfect way to celebrate National Hot Tea Month. Get together with your fellow tea lovers and enjoy an afternoon of delicious teas, conversation, and food, too! You can do your research and host a traditional, old-fashioned tea party, or put your own fun, modern twist on it.

Try a new blend

Most of us have our favorite blends that we tend to stick to when it comes to tea. But during this month of tea celebration, it’s time to broaden your horizons! Try a new blend or two (or three) during the month, you may be surprised to find a new favorite.

Enjoy with a good book

Nothing goes together quite as well as a good book and a hot cup of tea. Grab a new book or an old favorite along with a piping mug of your favorite (or new favorite!) blend. Add a cozy blanket and a fire to the mix to take the experience to the next level.  

Calm down

Use this month as an opportunity to unwind from the holiday madness of December and focus on yourself. Drink soothing teas that will help you calm down and allow you to relax for a day, or perhaps a whole weekend. You can even turn it into an opportunity for a spa weekend by using tea bags to relieve tired eyes.

Tour CTP and taste our teas!

What better way to celebrate a month dedicated to tea than learning about the process of growing and producing tea! Learn how tea goes from the fields into your mug at the only tea plantation in North America, and enjoy a hot cup of complimentary CTP tea while you do.

Gift Guide for Tea Lovers

Gift guide for tea lovers

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your friends and loved ones. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, we can help!

A beautiful and unique teapot


For many tea lovers, the presentation is just as important as the taste. Give the gift of a beautiful teapot that any tea lover will be proud to show off.

The teapot shown just gives you an idea! Stop in for a visit or give the gift shop a call! We would love to help you pick out the perfect one!

A tea bag set

tea sets

Whether it is a hostess gift, a stocking stuffer or gift for the tea-loving co-worker, a set of our tea is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face! There’s a variety of teas to choose from, so this allows them to find the exact one they are in the mood for!

A unique tea set

tea pot set

Many tea lovers use tea as a pick me up for those days when it’s hard to wake up, and a set like this is sure to make early mornings more enjoyable.

A cute new tea infuser

tea infuser

Make tea time more fun with an adorable tea infuser specially picked for your favorite tea lover.

And last but certainly not least- tea!

Any tea lover is going to love the gift of tea. Make the holidays special by gifting your loved one their favorite blend, maybe one from the Charleston Tea Plantation!

You can find many of these products at the gift shop at Charleston Tea Plantation, or check out where you can find delicious CTP products on our website. Everyone at the Charleston Tea Plantation wishes you and your family a happy, safe holiday season!

3 Reasons You Should Explore Outside of Downtown Charleston

Charleston is welcoming approximately 5 million visitors each year. In 2015, Condé Nast named this city full of southern charm the number one Best Small City in AmericaAnd just recently, Travel + Leisure named Charleston number one in The World’s Best Cities. Needless to say, this little city is getting quite a lot of attention. So while downtown Charleston is packed with riveting history, beautiful architecture and great food, we think there are some pretty incredible places outside of the peninsula that are begging to be explored.