Tea and Tea Blends: Not Just for Grandmas
January 10, 2013
When water doesn’t quench your thirst and sugary drinks overwhelm taste buds, a warm cup of herbal tea might be, well, your cup o’ tea! Most people associate herbal tea with being old or English, or both. But with the rise in popularity of coffee houses, tea is also enjoying new life with revived classic teas, creative tea blends, and health benefits not found naturally in other drinks. Plus, most herbal teas contain a healthy dose of caffeine, so you get your jolt without the jitters. Drink to your health with the delicate flavors of herbal teas, loose leaf teas, and the best tea blends!
The most familiar tea to tea drinkers and non-tea drinkers alike is chai tea. Dry chai tea mix is all fine and good– if you like crud. If you’re looking for something that is easy and authentic try this Indian chai tea recipe, with bagged black tea, cardamom seeds, star anise, cinnamon, and hot milk. Smooth, exotic, a tad spicy: just like a fine chai tea should taste.
Another popular choice is green tea. Known mostly for its health benefits, sipping on green tea can fight high blood pressure and diseases like cancer (!) because of its abundant amount of antioxidants. Though you can purchase green tea already pre-blended and bagged from large tea brands, its versatility also lends itself to different green tea flavors and, well, interesting concoctions (see picture on the left).
If you tend to lean towards sweeter drinks in general, this easy Russian Tea recipe might satisfy your sugary needs. Instant tea mix (huh? Yea, it exists) combine with Tang, lemonade, cinnamon, and cloves for a satisfying, tasty flavored tea.
Alas, we cannot ignore the potent flavor of loose leaf teas. Loose tea leaves come in many more varieties than their pre-bagged counterparts, but many people tend to gravitate towards the convenience of steeping sans measuring and tea infusers. Tsk, tsk. Having loose tea leaves provides you with the opportunity to customize tea blends. The experts over at Teavana have done some initial work for you by compiling some of their favorite tea blends using their signature loose leaf teas that feature luscious names like Wild Orange Blossom, Lavender Sage, and (my personal favorite) Peach Tranquility.
An added perk of brewing loose leaf tea is the variety of fun, novelty tea infusers! Check out some of our favorites below!
Herbal tea and loose leaf tea have a light flavor that doesn’t require a delicate palette to appreciate, and something about drinking tea puts the soul at ease while pleasing your ego (after all, tea is better for you than any soda out there!). What’s your favorite type of tea or tea blend?