Fragrant Tea Recipes
The smell of a fragrant cup of tea can rouse the spirit and imbue the day with energy, or it can create a calming aura to help you relax. People drink tea all over the world, with milk or without, hot or cold, black, green, white, red, or herbal. A nice cup or glass of tea can be a welcome addition to any day, but it can also be an opportunity to explore new flavors and even new cultures.
Indian Masala Chai
Start by steaming a combination of fennel, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom in milk and water. Then, add multiple spoonfuls of sugar until the sweetness balances out the spiciness of the chai spice mix.
Southern Sweet Tea
This recipe specifically calls for orange pekoe tea bags. A traditional pitcher of Southern iced tea contains at least a cup of sugar, and it's been the standard drink of ladies in the South for more than a century.
Lemonade Iced Tea
Steep the tea first before adding the lemonade concentrate and the sugar. Chill it in the fridge for a few hours and you've got the perfect complement to a summer picnic.
Aromatic Lemon Thyme Tea
You can make this recipe with either lemon thyme sprigs or regular thyme sprigs plus some lemon zest. Fresh thyme brings out the strongest flavor and fragrance.
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
This milk-free latte recipe uses plant-based milk instead of dairy products. The pumpkin spice taste and smell come from the mix of pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice blend.
Citrus Tea With Tarragon
Bring a punchy citrus combination of orange juice, honey, lemon juice, and lime juice to a boil, then blend in fresh tarragon leaves. This mixture makes your tea into a sweet, fruity escape!
A simple homemade caramel infuses the tea with a comfortingly sweet flavor.
Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan mint tea is the country's signature beverage.
Boil fresh ginger in water for five to ten minutes, then add sweetener if desired. Ginger tea reduces nausea and has many health benefits.
Freshly cooked tapioca pearls make the best bubble tea. This recipe calls for enhancing the tapioca "bubbles" with a homemade brown sugar syrup before adding the brewed black tea and some almond milk.
Lemon Ginger Honey Tea
For this powerful natural cold remedy, brew slices of fresh ginger and lemon for 20 minutes. Add sugar to taste.
Kombucha, similar to beer, has to be made with a starter. You can use store-bought kombucha for your starter. Kombucha has to ferment with black tea and a culture of bacteria and yeast for at least a week. Once this is done, seal it in an airtight container to carbonate the mixture and infuse any flavor you like.
Bring strawberries and water to a boil, then add honey and tea bags. Steep the tea, then strain and serve.
Enjoy the smell of chopped sassafras roots simmered with ginger and cinnamon and sweetened with honey.
Traditionally, mugwort is used as a sleep aid. This simple tea recipe can be accentuated with other complementary herbs like mint.
Sage Tea for Sore Throats
Fresh sage is preferable, but sage tea can also be made with dried sage. Sage tea with buckwheat honey does wonders for soothing sore throats and relieving a cough.
Thai Iced Tea
You can make Thai iced tea from black tea and condensed milk or use a premade mix. Of course, making it with black tea is more authentic.
Turmeric tea is also known as golden milk. Fresh turmeric, ginger, and black pepper are mixed together with milk, coconut oil, and honey to temper the assertive flavors.
Cucumber Mint Green Tea
Chill green tea, mint, cucumber puree, and lime juice for several hours. Strain the mixture if desired, then use sliced cucumbers as a garnish. It's a delightfully cold and refreshing drink.
Roasted Corn Tea
Roasted corn tea is a Korean beverage also known as oksusucha. It's made by steeping roasted corn kernels.
Yujacha: Citron Tea
Use citrons to create a marmalade-like mixture, then combine this with hot water to make the tea.
Hibiscus tea is usually served cold. You'll boil the hibiscus and herbs, then add honey or sugar while the mixture is still hot. Chill it until it's cold enough to serve.
Peach Iced Tea
Brew black tea and chill it. Then, blend canned peach slices in their juice and add this to the tea for an iced Georgia surprise.
Rooibos Iced Tea
Add lemon to rooibos tea after it's been steeped.
Chocolate Chai Frappe
Mix chocolate milk, chai concentrate, and ice for a cool drink that will rival your local coffee shop's creations.
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Stir the matcha powder in hot water until you've gotten the lumps out. Add milk to make it into a latte and honey for a sweetener.
Sweet Raspberry Iced Tea
Fresh raspberries are the highlight of this summer beverage.
Apple Cinnamon Green Tea
Green tea is the base for this apple cinnamon tea that brings the smell of autumn.
Rhubarb Iced Tea
Add half a cup of honey to the rhubarb tea to cut the rhubarb's naturally bitter flavor.