Fall is here and it got us feeling all the cozy vibes! Therefore, we want to share a few of our homemade tea blend recipes as making your own tea is super easy, the flavors are wonderful and you simply can’t go wrong with a cup of homemade tea and a big snuggly blanket on a cold winter day!
By making your own tea blends, you also avoid buying bagged tea. Tea bags can contain up to 25% plastic and shed billions of particles of microplastic into each cup of tea - shocking, right?
THE IMMUNE BOOSTER
- 1 inch / 2 ½ cm fresh turmeric root or ½ teaspoon dried turmeric powder
- 1 inch / 2 ½ cm fresh ginger root
- 3 slices of lemon
- 3-3 ½ cups / 7-8 dl of water
- Honey (optional)
Cut the turmeric and ginger roots into smaller pieces and place all ingredients except for honey in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and strain after about 5 minutes. Add honey if desired and enjoy your immune boosting tea! The recipe yields more than one serving so you can save it in your fridge for 3-4 days and drink a cup every day for a healthy boost.
WARMING MASALA CHAI
- 10 cardamom pods
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 black peppercorns
- 2 cinnamon stick (about 2-3 inches long)
- 3 tablespoons rooibos tea or black tea
- ½ - 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- Honey (optional)
Add cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorn and cinnamon sticks to a skillet and toast lightly until fragrant. Put the spices in a mortar and roughly grind the spices (make sure that the cinnamon sticks are broken into smaller pieces). Combine the ground spices, rooibos or black tea and dried ginger and store in an airtight jar.
To brew, simply add about 1 teaspoon of the chai blend to a tea strainer and put it in a mug with 1 cup / 2 ½ dl of hot water. Let it steep for 4-5 minutes and add some honey before serving if you wish.
Masala chai can also be made with half water and half milk which is our favorite way to enjoy a warming cup of chai! Simply make the tea as above but only use half of the water. Once it has steeped for 4-5 minutes, you remove the tea strainer and add your favorite plant milk as the other half of the liquid. We recommend to use heated oat milk (recipe for homemade oat milk right right here) or rice milk but you can use whatever you prefer!
REFRESHING PEPPERMINT & CACAO TEA
- ½ cup / 1 dl dried peppermint
- ¼ cup / ½ dl cacao nibs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or a drop of vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients in an air tight jar (roughly grind the cacao nibs in a mortar beforehand for more flavor).
To brew, use 1 teaspoon of the tea blend to ½-1 cup / 1-2 dl of hot water depending on how strong you want the tea and let it steep for 4-5 minutes. If you use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder, you can add it right before serving.