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Know Your Teas And Tisanes

Does herbal tea contain tea?

Often, an herbal tea recipe doesn’t actually contain tea. The term “tea” should only be used to describe a drink made with leaves from some variety of tea plant (camellia sinensis). Some herbal recipes are in fact herbal tea recipes--tea recipes that include herbs and tea leaves.

But many herbal tea recipes are more properly known as infusions or tisanes. These recipes are brewed from the leaves of fruits, roots, flowers, or herbs and many of them are associated with healing or medicinal properties.

If you are looking for a fragrant, caffeine-free treat, try some of these popular herbal choices:

-Chamomile: Chamomile is said to have sleep-inducing properties as well as easing aches and pains.

-Elderflower: Elderflower is said soothe frazzled nerves, and it is a traditional remedy for gout.

-Ginseng: Ginseng is said to improve impotence, and it is also has been linked to improve energy and alertness.

-Peppermint: Peppermint tea is said to be good for digestion and to relieve symptoms of a cold.

Herbal infusions often taste best when served slightly weak, with lemon or honey added (especially good for sore throats).

Ginger Tea Soothes Sour Stomachs

Is ginger tea good for nausea?

A ginger tea recipe is tasty anytime, but studies have shown that ginger may have medicinal properties. Some benefits associated with ginger include relief from an upset stomach, and improving alertness if you are feeling sluggish. But even when you feel great, a cup of homemade ginger tea is a perfect treat for any time of day. You can buy ginger tea blends, or make your own with this rich but simple ginger tea recipe:

-3 ¼ cups water

-1/2 cup of ginger, finely chopped but not peeled.

Bring the water and ginger to boil. Add 2 tablespoons of loose tea leaves from your favorite black tea. Stir the tea into the ginger/water and let it stand for 3-5 minutes. Add ½ cup of evaporated milk and ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture through a sieve and then into a blender. Blend the tea until it gets foamy, and then pour it into mugs to serve.

Green Tea Chills Out

Can I make iced tea using green tea?

Green tea can taste just as good as an iced tea as when it is served hot. Try this refreshing green tea recipe on a warm summer day. The lemon and ginger flavors complement the distinctive taste of the green tea. This recipe calls for Splenda sweetener to cut down on calories, but you can substitute real sugar and use a little less according to your taste:

-In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, 1 cup of Splenda (or sugar), 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1 ½ teaspoons of grated lemon peel. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to cook just at a boil for 7-8 minutes.

-Remove from heat and add 6 green tea bags.

-Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, stirring often.

-Remove the tea bags and stir in 4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Note: This mixture is a concentrated syrup! To serve, pour ¼ cup into ¾ cup of seltzer water or club soda for a fizzy, refreshing treat.

Why Try Chai

What does chai tea taste like?

If you like coffee but you want an alternative to cappuccino, or if you are seeking a rich-tasting drink with a spicy overtone, chai tea may suit you to a T.

The word “chai” is the Indian word for tea. The traditional Indian chai tea recipe is a blend of black tea, milk, honey, sugar or syrup, and a mixture of spices that typically includes some or all of the following: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, and black pepper.

There are endless variations of chai tea recipes, but here’s a traditional version made with fresh spices to get you started:

-Crush 2 whole cloves, 4 cardamoms, a pinch of fennel seed, and a 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick with a mortar and pestle. This brings out the maximum flavor of the spices.

-Add the spices to 1 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil.

-Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

-Add three teaspoons of your favorite loose black tea (Assam or Darjeeling work well for chai)

-Bring the mixture to a boil, then return to simmer for another 10 minutes.

-Add milk and sugar to taste, boil one more time, then remove from heat, strain, and enjoy!

Take Mint Tea To The Max

What is a good recipe for mint tea?

Fresh mint tea is popular in North Africa, especially in Morocco. It is becoming more popular elsewhere, as travelers sample it and want to recreate this refreshing drink at home.

The key is to a strong, fresh, mint flavor is to slightly bruise the mint leaves so they start to release oil. Spread the leaves on a plate and use the back of a wooden spoon to crush them just enough so that they start to release oil.

Try this easy mint tea recipe:

-Bring 4 cups of water to a full boil.

-Place ½ cup of packed fresh mint leaves (slightly bruised) in a teapot.

-Add water, along with 2 tablespoons of loose leaf gunpowder tea, such as Mighty Leaf’s gunpowder loose tea, and 6 tablespoons of honey or sugar.

-Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, and enjoy

Alternatively, you can make this recipe using green tea, or any other tea. Or if you want the flavor of this tasty tea without following a mint tea recipe, try Mighty Leaf’s Marrakesh mint tea, available as a loose tea or in Mighty Leaf’s signature silken tea pouch.

Iced Tea Recipes That Refresh

What is a good recipe for basic iced tea?

Iced tea is a popular alternative to hot tea when the temperature soars. You can make iced tea from any flavor of tea that you like, but keep these tips in mind for the tastiest iced tea:

-Double up. An easy way to make good iced tea is to boil a pot of tea to double the strength you would normally use for hot tea. If you are using loose tea leaves, this amounts to two heaping teaspoons per person.

-Pour when hot. Pour the hot tea into glasses filled with crushed ice or ice cubes.

-Season to taste. Add mint leaves of a wedge of lemon to the tea, according to your taste. Add sugar if you prefer a sweetened iced tea.

Another popular iced tea recipe is “Sun Tea.” This recipe takes more time, but it has that summertime flair.

Here’s how to make it:

Place 4-6 teabags and 2 quarts of cold water in a glass jar or pitcher. Cover, and set the jar out in the sun for an hour or two. Let it sit longer if you like your tea stronger, but not longer than 5 hours. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Blueberry Tea Transitions From Teatime To Cocktail Hour

What goes into the Blueberry Tea cocktail?

There are many blueberry tea recipes to enjoy as a hot tea or iced tea, but blueberry tea is a cocktail ingredient, too.

Here’s one way to make the Blueberry Tea cocktail:

-Combine 1 ounce of amaretto liqueur and 1 ounce of Grand Marnier in a brandy snifter or glass.

-Add about ½ cup of hot blueberry tea to taste. Although this combination of liqueurs blends well with blueberry tea, you can use any tea you like. Other popular tea choices for this drink include orange, Darjeeling, and Earl Grey.

-Garnish. For an artistic and flavorful finish to this drink, try garnishing it with a thin slice of lemon or orange. Or try a cinnamon stick.

-Swirl and enjoy.

Cinnamon And Spice Make Any Tea Nice

What is a recipe for spiced tea?

Records suggest that cinnamon was one of the first spices blended with tea, in part because the English and Dutch merchants were trading in tea and spices at approximately the same time, so combining the two made sense. And tea and spice taste great together! Cinnamon is the key to many spiced tea recipes. Although you can buy ready-made spiced tea, making your own adds another dimension to the flavor.

Try this easy cinnamon tea recipe:

-Boil 2 cups of water with 4 whole cloves and a ½-inch cinnamon stick.

-Strain the water to remove the cinnamon and cloves.

-Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the strained spicy water.

-Place 1 teaspoon of black tea leaves in a tea strainer and set it over your teapot or cup.

-Pour the hot, spiced water slowly through the tea leaves.

For variety, you can substitute vanilla tea leaves or nutty tea leaves for the black tea to complement the cinnamon and cloves.

Try This Tasty Thai Iced Tea

What is Thai iced tea?

If you like the creamy flavor of chai tea, then you may also like Thai tea. One popular Thai tea blend includes a red leaf tea combined with star anise. If you don’t have access to a Thai tea, try this Thai tea recipe using rooibos red tea or your favorite black, green, or white tea.

This rich, refreshing treat features the creamy indulgence of sweetened condensed milk, and comes from chef Emeril Lagasse via the Food Network:

  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  • Pour over a cup of rooibos, black, green, or white tea (or several tea bags full of tea) and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain into a clear container (or remove tea bags).
  • Add ¾ cups of sugar, allow it to dissolve, and then refrigerate the tea.
  • When you’re ready to serve, pour the tea into 6 glasses with crushed ice. Add a tablespoon each of cream and sweetened condensed milk to each glass, and swirl to combine.

Embrace A Sweet Southern Tea Tradition

What is Southern sweet tea?

If you order tea in a restaurant in the American South, chances are that you’ll receive a tall glass of sweetened iced tea. This Southern staple is served year-round.

Many regions (and families) have their own variations. If you want a taste of the South no matter where you are, try this basic Southern Sweet Tea recipe:

-Pour 3 cups of boiling water over 3 tea bags.

-Allow tea to steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.

-Pour ½ to ¾ cup of sugar into a glass pitcher.

-Pour the hot tea over the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

-Add 5 cups of cold water and stir until well blended.

-Serve in tall glasses over ice.

Typically this recipe is made using a standard black tea, but you can substitute any of your favorite teas. The limits are your taste and imagination. Try a fruited tea, such as pear or berry, a nutty vanilla tea, or a full-bodied oolong tea.

Cinnamon And Spice Make Any Tea Nice

What is a recipe for spiced tea?

Records suggest that cinnamon was one of the first spices blended with tea, in part because the English and Dutch merchants were trading in tea and spices at approximately the same time, so combining the two made sense. And tea and spice taste great together! Cinnamon is the key to many spiced tea recipes. Although you can buy ready-made spiced tea, making your own adds another dimension to the flavor.

Try this easy cinnamon tea recipe:

-Boil 2 cups of water with 4 whole cloves and a ½-inch cinnamon stick.

-Strain the water to remove the cinnamon and cloves.

-Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the strained spicy water.

-Place 1 teaspoon of black tea leaves in a tea strainer and set it over your teapot or cup.

-Pour the hot, spiced water slowly through the tea leaves.

For variety, you can substitute vanilla tea leaves or nutty tea leaves for the black tea to complement the cinnamon and cloves.

Iced Tea Recipes That Refresh

What is a good recipe for basic iced tea?

Iced tea is a popular alternative to hot tea when the temperature soars. You can make iced tea from any flavor of tea that you like, but keep these tips in mind for the tastiest iced tea:

-Double up. An easy way to make good iced tea is to boil a pot of tea to double the strength you would normally use for hot tea. If you are using loose tea leaves, this amounts to two heaping teaspoons per person.

-Pour when hot. Pour the hot tea into glasses filled with crushed ice or ice cubes.

-Season to taste. Add mint leaves of a wedge of lemon to the tea, according to your taste. Add sugar if you prefer a sweetened iced tea.

Another popular iced tea recipe is “Sun Tea.” This recipe takes more time, but it has that summertime flair.

Here’s how to make it:

Place 4-6 teabags and 2 quarts of cold water in a glass jar or pitcher. Cover, and set the jar out in the sun for an hour or two. Let it sit longer if you like your tea stronger, but not longer than 5 hours. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Blueberry Tea Transitions From Teatime To Cocktail Hour

What goes into the Blueberry Tea cocktail?

There are many blueberry tea recipes to enjoy as a hot tea or iced tea, but blueberry tea is a cocktail ingredient, too.

Here’s one way to make the Blueberry Tea cocktail:

-Combine 1 ounce of amaretto liqueur and 1 ounce of Grand Marnier in a brandy snifter or glass.

-Add about ½ cup of hot blueberry tea to taste. Although this combination of liqueurs blends well with blueberry tea, you can use any tea you like. Other popular tea choices for this drink include orange, Darjeeling, and Earl Grey.

-Garnish. For an artistic and flavorful finish to this drink, try garnishing it with a thin slice of lemon or orange. Or try a cinnamon stick.

-Swirl and enjoy.

Need another reason to try blueberry tea? When you indulge in a blueberry tea as hot tea, iced tea, or in a mixed drink, you’ll get antioxidant properties from the blueberries as well as from the tea.

Ginger Tea Soothes Sour Stomachs

Is ginger tea good for nausea?

A ginger tea recipe is tasty anytime, but studies have shown that ginger may have medicinal properties. Some benefits associated with ginger include relief from an upset stomach, and improving alertness if you are feeling sluggish. But even when you feel great, a cup of homemade ginger tea is a perfect treat for any time of day. You can buy ginger tea blends, or make your own with this rich but simple ginger tea recipe:

-3 ¼ cups water

-1/2 cup of ginger, finely chopped but not peeled.

Bring the water and ginger to boil. Add 2 tablespoons of loose tea leaves from your favorite black tea. Stir the tea into the ginger/water and let it stand for 3-5 minutes. Add ½ cup of evaporated milk and ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture through a sieve and then into a blender. Blend the tea until it gets foamy, and then pour it into mugs to serve.

Green Tea Chills Out

Can I make iced tea using green tea?

Green tea can taste just as good as an iced tea as when it is served hot. Try this refreshing green tea recipe on a warm summer day. The lemon and ginger flavors complement the distinctive taste of the green tea. This recipe calls for Splenda sweetener to cut down on calories, but you can substitute real sugar and use a little less according to your taste:

-In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, 1 cup of Splenda (or sugar), 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1 ½ teaspoons of grated lemon peel. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to cook just at a boil for 7-8 minutes.

-Remove from heat and add 6 green tea bags.

-Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, stirring often.

-Remove the tea bags and stir in 4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Note: This mixture is a concentrated syrup! To serve, pour ¼ cup into ¾ cup of seltzer water or club soda for a fizzy, refreshing treat.

Know Your Teas And Tisanes

Does herbal tea contain tea?

Often, an herbal tea recipe doesn’t actually contain tea. The term “tea” should only be used to describe a drink made with leaves from some variety of tea plant (camellia sinensis). Some herbal recipes are in fact herbal tea recipes--tea recipes that include herbs and tea leaves.

But many herbal tea recipes are more properly known as infusions or tisanes. These recipes are brewed from the leaves of fruits, roots, flowers, or herbs and many of them are associated with healing or medicinal properties.

If you are looking for a fragrant, caffeine-free treat, try some of these popular herbal choices:

-Chamomile: Chamomile is said to have sleep-inducing properties as well as easing aches and pains.

-Elderflower: Elderflower is said soothe frazzled nerves, and it is a traditional remedy for gout.

-Ginseng: Ginseng is said to improve impotence, and it is also has been linked to improve energy and alertness.

-Peppermint: Peppermint tea is said to be good for digestion and to relieve symptoms of a cold.

Herbal infusions often taste best when served slightly weak, with lemon or honey added (especially good for sore throats).

Take Mint Tea To The Max

What is a good recipe for mint tea?

Fresh mint tea is popular in North Africa, especially in Morocco. It is becoming more popular elsewhere, as travelers sample it and want to recreate this refreshing drink at home.

The key is to a strong, fresh, mint flavor is to slightly bruise the mint leaves so they start to release oil. Spread the leaves on a plate and use the back of a wooden spoon to crush them just enough so that they start to release oil.

Try this easy mint tea recipe:

-Bring 4 cups of water to a full boil.

-Place ½ cup of packed fresh mint leaves (slightly bruised) in a teapot.

-Add water, along with 2 tablespoons of loose leaf gunpowder tea, such as Mighty Leaf’s gunpowder loose tea, and 6 tablespoons of honey or sugar.

-Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, and enjoy

Alternatively, you can make this recipe using green tea, or any other tea. Or if you want the flavor of this tasty tea without following a mint tea recipe, try Mighty Leaf’s Marrakesh mint tea, available as a loose tea or in Mighty Leaf’s signature silken tea pouch.

Why Try Chai

What does chai tea taste like?

If you like coffee but you want an alternative to cappuccino, or if you are seeking a rich-tasting drink with a spicy overtone, chai tea may suit you to a T.

The word “chai” is the Indian word for tea. The traditional Indian chai tea recipe is a blend of black tea, milk, honey, sugar or syrup, and a mixture of spices that typically includes some or all of the following: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, and black pepper.

There are endless variations of chai tea recipes, but here’s a traditional version made with fresh spices to get you started:

-Crush 2 whole cloves, 4 cardamoms, a pinch of fennel seed, and a 1 ½ inch cinnamon stick with a mortar and pestle. This brings out the maximum flavor of the spices.

-Add the spices to 1 ½ cups of water and bring to a boil.

-Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

-Add three teaspoons of your favorite loose black tea (Assam or Darjeeling work well for chai)

-Bring the mixture to a boil, then return to simmer for another 10 minutes.

-Add milk and sugar to taste, boil one more time, then remove from heat, strain, and enjoy!

Try This Tasty Thai Iced Tea

What is Thai iced tea?

If you like the creamy flavor of chai tea, then you may also like Thai tea. One popular Thai tea blend includes a red leaf tea combined with star anise. If you don’t have access to a Thai tea, try this Thai tea recipe using rooibos red tea or your favorite black, green, or white tea.

This rich, refreshing treat features the creamy indulgence of sweetened condensed milk, and comes from chef Emeril Lagasse via the Food Network:

  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  • Pour over a cup of rooibos, black, green, or white tea (or several tea bags full of tea) and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Strain into a clear container (or remove tea bags).
  • Add ¾ cups of sugar, allow it to dissolve, and then refrigerate the tea.
  • When you’re ready to serve, pour the tea into 6 glasses with crushed ice. Add a tablespoon each of cream and sweetened condensed milk to each glass, and swirl to combine.

Embrace A Sweet Southern Tea Tradition

What is Southern sweet tea?

If you order tea in a restaurant in the American South, chances are that you’ll receive a tall glass of sweetened iced tea. This Southern staple is served year-round.

Many regions (and families) have their own variations. If you want a taste of the South no matter where you are, try this basic Southern Sweet Tea recipe:

-Pour 3 cups of boiling water over 3 tea bags.

-Allow tea to steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.

-Pour ½ to ¾ cup of sugar into a glass pitcher.

-Pour the hot tea over the sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.

-Add 5 cups of cold water and stir until well blended.

-Serve in tall glasses over ice.

Typically this recipe is made using a standard black tea, but you can substitute any of your favorite teas. The limits are your taste and imagination. Try a fruited tea, such as pear or berry, a nutty vanilla tea, or a full-bodied oolong tea.