In honor of Mother’s Day I thought I’d put up my Mom’s favorite tea recipe. It’s a simple one but very aromatic and tasty!
Serves: 1 person
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1-2 tsp black tea leaves
8 oz water
1. In a whistling kettle put in 8 oz (or how many you are serving for) in with the cloves and the cinnamon.
2. Once this water has boiled, pour into a teapot with black tea leaves.
3. Brew for 3 to 4 mins and enjoy!
My mom serves with milk but you can have this without too.
This is a very simple recipe but I love the coconut addition to it. When making green tea I always use Davidson’s Organics Imperial Green Loose Leaf Tea. It is a stronger flavor but doesn’t leave a bitter taste in the mouth and it tastes great! You can buy it in bulk from their website or from amazon (It’s cheaper on Amazon). http://www.davidsonstea.com/Imperial_Green_Loose_Leaf.aspx
For the coconut flavoring adding more shaved or shredded coconut doesn’t add any more flavor, it just makes your tea very oily. So to get that great coconut taste I found natural coconut flavoring from my local spice shop. The supermarkets will hold imitation coconut flavoring which is not as harsh on the wallet but it depends if you are okay with artificially flavored tea. I would recommend the natural extract but it is up to you!
16 oz Water
2 tsp Green tea
1 tsp Shaved or Shredded Coconut
1 tsp Coconut flavoring
Brew time: 2-3 minutes or to taste
For a while I tried to make this tea into a premixed blend that could be stored but found it difficult to get a strong apple flavor without the use of artificial flavoring (which is not what I want to do). So I decided on a different technique and this gave me the strong apple flavor I wanted with using fresh ingredients. Also for this recipe, I dried my own apples. The instructions for that I will give in another post or if you really want to know just send me a message!
8 oz Water
½ cup Dried apples
1 inch Cinnamon Stick
¼ tsp Cloves
1 tsp Black/Rooibos Tea
- In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil
- Throw in the dried apples, cinnamon stick and cloves
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, turn off oven top and add in the tea. Depending on the tea, let it steep for 3-4 if using black tea or 5-10 if using rooibos tea
- Pour through baby sieve and enjoy!
1 ½ tsp Rooibos tea leaves
½ tsp Natural vanilla essence or fresh vanilla bean pod
1 inch Cinnamon stick
Brew time is 5-10 minutes
If you are gifting to a friend who doesn’t have a teapot or a tea ball then these tea bags are a great idea. I made some little tabs for each type of tea just to complete the overall look.
For the more cultured of your friends you can give your loose leaf blends in these little mason jars. You can ask for them back with the promise you’ll fill them with more tea!
Chai tea originated in India but recently has become more and more popular around the world. This aromatic blend of spices with black tea is one of my favorite drinks and here’s a recipe for you to follow along with:
1 ½ tsp Black tea leaves
¼ tsp Aniseed
½ tsp Whole peppercorns
1 inch Cinnamon Stick
1 ½ tsp Cloves
3 Green Cardamom pods
2-3 slices Dried Ginger
Brew for 3-4 minutes or to taste!
Note: I recommend using a lighter black tea such as Darjeeling this is because Assam will mask the taste of the rest of the flavors in the blend. You can also mix it up with Rooibos tea and add other ingredients such as carob and cacao nibs to give it more sweetness. I’m open to comments and recommendations so if anyone adds anything different and find it works let me know!