When winter starts to set in, everyone starts looking forward to holding a hot cup of tea to tide over cold evenings. Tea is a global favourite when it comes to being the choice of drink in winter. Obviously, coffee is also a favourite but for those who wish a less caffeinated drink, tea is king. While tea just plain or with milk and sugar is great, there are a couple of recipes or tea preparations which will make your winter tea moments even more enjoyable.
Here are some lovely tea recipes for you to try out.
This recipe will give you a warm and tasty cup of tea which will also help in keeping away the pesky sniffles of the season.
4 sticks of cinnamon, broken into small pieces
3 ½ cups of Darjeeling tea leaves
1 cup of dried ginger
½ cup of cloves
¼ cup of ground nutmeg
½ cup of cardamom
Simply take all these dry ingredients and mix them together, careful to not crumble the leaves of the tea. Store this mixture in an airtight jar and use 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of the mixture.
Protip- If you wish to add something a little special to the mixture then you can add 4 vanilla beans (which have been chopped) to the mixture.
This tea recipe is an interesting mixture for those who love green tea. This recipe will introduce fun fruity notes in your tea.
1 ½ cup of water
Sugar according to your preference
A large pinch of ground cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
1 or 2 cloves
A slice of ginger
Your usual helping of loose leaf green tea
An apple (roughly chopped)
Put the water to boil. Once it has come to a boil turn the heat down and add the tea, the sugar and the different spices. Stir well to incorporate all the different elements. Turn the heat even lower, add the chopped apple and let it steep for 10 minutes. After this is done, strain the whole mixture and pour it into your mug. You have your hot cup of tea ready for enjoyment.
Protip- this tea tastes better when it's been made for many. The measurements of the spices will be about ½ a teaspoon each. You can increase or decrease the amount depending on the strength of the aroma and flavour you would prefer.
A well-known favourite, every household has its own recipe. But, in case, you are looking to improve your recipe or want to try a new one, check out this recipe.
4 heaped teaspoons of Assam tea leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 ½ inch of ginger, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp of whole cloves
1 Tbsp of cardamom pods
2 tsp of peppercorn
4 cups of milk
¼ cup of honey
Grind the peppercorn, cardamom, and clove until it reaches a coarse texture. Get a frying pan with a cup of water and stir in the ground spices, ginger, cinnamon and the Assam tea leaves. Simmer gently for 10 minutes so that they can release their aroma. Strain the tea with a sieve to ensure the different elements have been taken out. Return this to the saucepan and whisk in the honey and the milk. Ensure that the prepared tea is not so hot that the milk splits. The chai is ready when it begins to bubble around the edges.
Protip- you can use sugar or any sweetener of your choice. For some extra flavour, a bit more ginger could be added.
We hope that with these recipes, you enjoy a more interesting tea time during the winters. Keep following our blogs for new updates on tea and tea preparations. If you have any tea preparation recipe do let us know in comments.
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