5 Best Christmas Teas to try this Holiday Season

What could be more festive than eggnog and gingerbread, honey latte and spiced cranberries? Make this holiday season the most joyful ever and indulge in drinks full of Christmas spirit! These 5 tea recipes are made to transfer you into a holiday mood instantly and fill your home with festive scents.

All recipes are for one serving. Make larger quantities if needed.

1. Gingerbread Turmeric Tea

Spicy, delicious and warming, turmeric tea is a winter season’s top bedtime drink. This easy to make healthy beverage has anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.[1] To make it into a truly festive delight, spice it up with gingerbread spice mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 leveled teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon of gingerbread spice mix
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1-2 drops of almond extract (optional)
  • Honey

Instructions

Add milk to a saucepan and place over a low fire. Do not let it boil. When hot, add all other ingredients except honey and stir to prevent lumps. Use a frother or hand blender to create a froth. Never blend very hot drinks. Add honey and stir well. Serve immediately.

2. Creamy Cinnamon Tea

If you never tried tea with butter, give yourself an extra treat these holidays. This “Vanilla cookies in a cup” drink is made to make mornings full of energy. Adjust the amount of sugar if needed.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
  • 2-3 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of black tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar

Instructions

In a saucepan, melt the butter with sugar over low heat. Add milk, tea leaves and cinnamon and boil until hot. Strain and serve.

3. Honeyed Latte

What could bring Santa closer than a warm milk with honey and cookies? This seasonal Hot Honeyed Tea is creamy, rich and full of flavor. All that’s left is to find your favorite cookies and Christmas joy can start.

Ingredients

Instructions

Add milk, cloves and tea leaves into a saucepan and boil over low to medium fire for about 5-10 minutes, but don’t let it boil. Remove from fire and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. Strain and use a hand blender until you get a frothed milk drink. Add honey and stir.

4. Spiced Christmas Eggnog

When talking about traditional drinks, eggnog is a must. Mixed with black tea, this drink is a must for any afternoon Christmas tea party. This recipe is for one serving. If you make more eggnog, store it in the fridge and use within a couple of days. Be cautious to never use old eggs for eggnogs.

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped teaspoon of black tea
  • ½ cup of water
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 yolk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • ¼ cup of single or double cream (for a thicker eggnog)
  • A bit of white or spiced rum (optional)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

Bring water to a boil and brew black tea in ½ cup of water for 5-10 minutes. Strain and pour into a glass. Add milk and spices into a saucepan and cook over low to medium fire. Do not let it boil. In a bowl, beat egg yolk until smooth and slowly add sugar. Start adding milk and continue to beat until you get a smooth foamy texture. Place it into a saucepan and cook for a couple of minutes on a low fire. Pour the eggnog into tea and serve.

5. Spiced Cranberry Green Tea

Cranberries and turkey may be the best Christmas dinner, but with green tea and a pinch of spices, they make a delightful and refreshing festive drink too.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Pinhead Gunpowder green tea
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A pinch of allspice

Instructions:

Bring water to a boil and let it cool for a minute. Steep green tea in ½ of water for 5 minutes. Strain. In a saucepan, mix cranberry juice and spices and cook on low to medium fire until hot. Do not let it boil. Pour tea into heat-resistant glass, add cranberry juice and honey.

 

Don’t have enough time and want to brew an instant cup full of Christmas flavor? Try these loose leaf teas:

Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea

Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

Loose Leaf Tea

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