Express Yourself with Make-at-Home Additions to Basic Black Tea

There’s something timeless and classic about a basic soothing black tea. But there are also times when we want permission to express ourselves. Black tea is a blank palette on which we can add herbs, spices, botanicals, milk options, fruit, and more!  We choose what to wear, what to eat, and even which mug to drink out of depending on our mood. Why not do the same with tea?! Tea should reflect your preference. Learn to elevate the taste of a simple black tea with a variety of additions to match your mood.

There Are No Rules

Don’t really need a recipe, just your sense of taste and smell. Blend to match your personal preferences. Many of these items can be found at your local farmer's market or grown in your own backyard.

Keep a journal or notebook to record the different combinations you create and keep notes of your favorites.

Our suggestions below include the following categories:

  1. Spices
  2. Herbs
  3. Sweetener
  4. Fruit
  5. Milk
  6. Botanicals
  7. Other Options

 

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Spices: 

Spices each are known for their unique flavor profile as well as health benefits. Add the warmth of spices to your black tea either alone or with milk to create an easy milk tea variation. 

Our favorites include:  
Idea-Starters: 

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Herbs: 

Muddle or crush herbs and stir them into your iced tea. You can also serve hot black tea with herbs, as the hot water wilts the leaves and allows their natural oils to mix with the tea. 

Our favorites include: 
Idea-Starters:

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Sweeteners: 

There are so many alternatives for sweetening your basic black tea. For the options listed here, we suggest blending them with hot tea to help the dissolve more easily. For cold tea, make a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves, and then adding it to your tea. 

Our Favorites Include:
  • Honey 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Sugar 
  • Monkfruit 
  • Stevia
  • Simple Syrup 
Idea-Starters:

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Fruit: 

 

Fruit-flavored syrups are a fast and easy way to dress up a glass of iced tea in the summer. Raspberry and peach are two favorite fruit flavors that pair well with fresh-brewed black tea, and you can never go wrong with citrus - especially lemon. Reminiscent of the ever-popular Arnold Palmer, fruit and black tea are a perfect pair, whether hot or cold. 

Our Favorites Include:
  • Citrus (lime/lemon/orange) 
  • Chopped fruit (berries) 
  • Fruity simple syrup - muddle your fruit and heat it in a pan of water and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. 
Idea starters:

Milk: 

Milk is another classic friend to black tea. With all the different types of milk (almond, oat, hemp, soy, etc), you can experiment with the flavor profiles and find the combinations you like the best. When you're looking for something a bit bolder, sweetened condensed milk offers a rich decadent taste that we consider one of our absolute go-tos when we want to treat ourselves to something special. 

Our Favorites Include:
  • Different types of milk
  • Cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk
Idea Starters:

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Botanicals: 

A floral touch adds an element of sensuality and peace to your tea. Colorful petals enhance your tea and invite all of your senses to come alive. The aroma, the taste, the beauty…all come together in artful expression in a botanical tisane. 

Our Favorites Include:
May we suggest: 

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Other SUGGESTIONS:

Boost your body’s immune system with a dose of vitamin powder or CBD Oil. Splash a bit of sparkling water in a fruit-flavored iced tea for a refreshing spring or summer mixer. Or spike your tea with a shot of bourbon and treat yourself to a cocktail. 

Our Favorites Include:
  • Vitamin powder
  • CBD Oil
  • Sparkling water for iced tea  
  • Bourbon  
May we suggest: 

The joy is in expressing yourself through tea. Be in tune with yourself, your moods, and your personality. Give that adventurous side permission to experiment and try new flavor combinations. When you create a melange that you love, share it with us!

 


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