Mmmm, winter tea recipes.
With the winds and rains starting to blow their way through town, you likely want to wrap yourself in a blanket, grab a book, and sip some delicious tea to keep away the chill.
Grab your teapot and favorite teacup because these three winter tea recipes will warm you up.
Here are three winter tea recipes that will keep you warm through the fall and winter seasons.
(And you may even want to give these tea blends as gifts for the holidays.)
1. Vanilla Dream
The first of these winter tea recipes is luxurious. It’s perfect to sip by the fire wrapped in your favorite sweater. Slip on your fuzzy socks and start brewing.
1 cup fresh water boiled
1 tsp black tea (I like a rich one like assam) or use a tea bag
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
cream or almond milk to taste
any natural sweetener to taste (I like licorice root)
Place black tea, extract and cinnamon stick in a tea infuser or teapot. Pour the boiling water over the ingredients. Let brew about 3 minutes. Brew longer if you want a stronger tea.
Strain the ingredients, and place the tea in your teacup or mug. Use the cinnamon stick to garnish.
Add cream and sweetener to taste.
Yield: (1) 8 oz. cup
2. Custom Chai
The second of these winter tea recipes is customizable depending on your taste. This “Custom Chai” is a tea recipe that keeps the traditional ingredients you likely associate with a steaming cup of chai. However, you can take out what you don’t like and add in what you think will complement your chai. This brew will spice up your day.
18 ounces of fresh water
4 tsp black tea leaves (I like assam) or 3 tea bags of black tea
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp cloves or allspice
4 cardamom pods (pinch them to crack them open)
cream or almond milk to taste
any natural sweetener to taste
Place water, tea and spices in a small pot on the stove, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Strain the ingredients, and pour your brew into tea cups. Add cream and sweetener to taste.
Yield: (2) 8 oz cups
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3. Ginger Throat Soother
The last of these winter tea recipes will help you out if you get a cold or flu this season. The ginger throat soother is a comforting brew that’s easy to make when you’re not feeling great.
To sweeten and tea blend, I like to use licorice root. I like it even more here because licorice root is an expectorant. So if you have a bad cough, it’ll soothe your throat but also help you purge your system a bit. Adding this little root makes this a magic winter tea recipe.
3 cups of water
1-2 inch cubes of fresh ginger, peeled
1-2 black tea bags or 2 tsp loose leaf black tea
honey, maple syrup, or licorice root
Place water, ginger, and tea in a small pot to heat over the stove. IF you’re using licorice root instead of honey or maple syrup, then you also want to add the licorice to the pot.* I’d add about 1/4 teaspoon of licorice root, if you’re going this route.
Bring to boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
For a caffeine free version, eliminate the tea and add a whole lemon sliced.
Add honey or maple syrup to taste.
Yield: 2 cups
*The reason for this is that you need more time for the water to soak into the root to add flavor to the brew.
Now that you have these winter tea brews under your belt, why not share them with someone you love?
Each of these tea recipes can easily be scaled to create gifts for the holidays. Just multiply each ingredient by the number of cups you want them to have. Then include the directions. Bundle up your winter tea recipe in a small tin, and use fresh spices and roots like cinnamon and ginger to set off the ribbon.
Which of these winter tea recipes are you going to try? Tell me in the comments below.
Lots of love,
Founder and Winter Tea Recipe Lover
Sicilian Tea Company