Serves 2


  • Black Tea (Earl Grey), 3-4 tea bags
  • Hot Boiling Water, 450ml
  • Ginger, 2-3 slices
  • Brown Sugar Syrup (i.e. Kuromitsu or Black Honey), 1-2 tablespoons



  1. In a pot, put tea bags and add hot boiling water. Steep for about 1-2 minutes, and gentle shake tea bags before removing them from the pot.
  2. Pour tea into a Thermos® Mug, add ginger slices and brown sugar syrup as desired.





  • The tea complements Sweet Potato Rice Ball, a good picnic menu option.
  • The brown sugar syrup’s richness brings out the exquisite taste and aroma of the tea.
  • By adding ginger, this tea stimulates gastrointestinal function and is recommended even on days when you have no appetite.


Bonus Recipe – Sweet Potato Rice Ball:

Serves 2


  1. Cut 70 grams of sweet potatoes in 1cm cubes and soak in water. Place sweet potatoes on a heat-proof dish, wrap and heat in microwave oven for 1 minute.
    Add sweet potatoes, black sesame, and a little salt to taste, to 200 grams of steam rice and mix gently. Divide into 4 rice balls.
  2. Slice a piece of salted salmon into half, grill for about 8 minutes.
  3. Cut 1 piece of red capsicum into 5mm width, heat over frying pan with sesame oil (1 teaspoon), stirring gently. Add soy sauce (1 tablespoon) and mirin (1 tablespoon), sprinkling on a little white sesame seeds.
  4. Put all items made from Step 1, 2 and 3 in a bento or lunch box, add some potato salad (available from supermarket deli corner) and hard boiled eggs. Ready to go!


Photo and recipe courtesy of Thermos Japan.