Warm sweaters, blankets, and rainy days require a cup of hot drink in hands. Autumn is the best season to enjoy tea to the fullest. From pumpkin to caramel, chocolate and gingerbread, some flavors are made to make autumn joyful and delicious. Even better, some of the best autumn ingredients are full of antioxidants and may even help boost immunity for the upcoming cold months. Tea may even beat the autumn depression and boost Vitamin D, important during short autumn days.
So, take a step away from regular chamomile and honey brew and find your new favorite autumn flavored tea. We made a list of the most special teas to enjoy this fall.
1. Getting into a festive mood with Spiced Apple Cider and Hot Cinnamon
Is there a better drink to enjoy on cool rainy days than a hot apple cider? In fact, there is. Apple cider enriched with cranberries, hibiscus and cinnamon. For a spicier alternative, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and ginger will give an extra dose of heat and make cold autumn nights unforgettably warm. And for a truly classical seasonal flavor, Apple Cinnamon herbal tea is all cinnamon lovers could wish for; double apples, double cinnamon, a tiny bit of rooibos and a sprinkle of marigold flowers.
2. Pumpkin Pies
Maybe you can imagine autumn without apples, but hardly without pumpkins. Pumpkins are the ultimate autumn fruits. Yes, pumpkins are fruits, and they make the tastiest fall drinks ever. A cup of black or herbal rooibos tea mixed with pumpkin pie spice is a drink to cheer you up even on the gloomiest fall days. Opt for herbal caffeine free pumpkin spice teas before sleep and black tea blend for a morning caffeine boost.
3. Sweet Caramels
Whether it is a latte or a cup of regular steaming hot tea, caramel blends are a sweet delight for autumn days and bring holiday season closer. The best of all, you can enjoy them without feeling any guilt. Crème Brulee with almonds and cinnamon is taking flavors even a bit further—where rarely any oolong tea has gone. Earthly oolong and unprocessed caramel make a great latte too, quite uncommon for an oolong tea.
4. Autumn Delights
Genuine autumn tea blends need to go well with milk – even if they include fruits and herbs only. In Harvest Moon, oranges, cranberries, almonds, cinnamon, pistachios, beetroot and hibiscus make a delicious fruit blend full of autumn flavors that has absolutely no caffeine and is perfect for making an autumn fruit latte. Campfire Herbal with earthly rooibos base offer extra antioxidants wrapped in unique cinnamon orange spice flavor. Plum Spice, a blend of 8 delicious ingredients and natural flavors bring in focus plums – and adds a dash of spice for a warming feeling.
5. Getting Cozy with Turmeric and Ginger
Turmeric is one of the best ingredients to warm you up during cool days. It has antiviral, antibacterial and antioxidant properties and may help improve mood. Blended with spices and delicious coconut, chamomile and rose hips, not only does it make a wonderful autumn drink, but a tasty companion in fighting autumn depression. Ginger too, is one of the best autumn teas to drink for boosting immune system, fight viruses and bacteria and soothe a sore throat and a bad cough. Together, they create a warming herbal blend suitable even for the coldest autumn nights.
6. Classical Chai
Chai might have become a tea for all seasons, but it is autumn that makes every cup taste even better. This ultimate spice tea comes in many types and flavors. In Kashmiri Chai warming spices and green tea blend perfectly well with frothy milk into a delicious pink autumn tea dessert. To get the pink color, boil the leaves in water for at least 10-15 minutes with a pinch of baking soda then add a cup of cold water and boil for a few more minutes. Interestingly, the pink color comes from chlorophyll reacting with baking soda, and to extract enough chlorophyll you need to boil the leaves longer than usual. However, this way you will not only be extracting chlorophyll, but EGCg too!
Bengal Chai, another traditional chai tea, is made from cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, vanilla and black tea. Not only it’s gives a great morning boost, but also a dose of warmth for cold autumn mornings.