It?s not only grandmas, health freaks and friends with the flu who drink tea. We swear. We made this enlightening discovery when we stopped by the new Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar--only the third in the country--which just opened on Southport.

Part tea store and part café (think metal chairs and tables outdoors, comfy leather couches indoors), Teavana is both a place to buy loose tea for home consumption (we?ll take the Blackberry Mojito green and the Dragonfruit Devotion herbal, please) and a spot to cozy up with a mug of Sevenberry Sangria rooibos and a mushroom-and-kale flatbread.

In addition to the more than 100 teas sold loose leaf or to go (hot or cold), the shop also sells nontraditional tea beverages like smoothies, lattes and signature blended drinks made with milk, yogurt or juice. Our favorite is the sweet and crisp Apple Oolong Tea Fresca, which blends apple juice, chia and Maharaja Chai Oolong tea for a taste that?s fruity and light.

When you?re making your own cup at home, just be sure to steep your green and white varieties for two minutes max, and remember that if your water is boiling, it?s too hot for tea.

Teavana, 3428 N. Southport Ave.; 773-472-8596 or teavana.com

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