Nothing beats a good old cuppa in the morning. Unless you’re a coffee person, in which case, what are you doing reading this – get out.
But sometimes, if you feel like treating yourself, it’s nice to mix things up a bit. We’ve put together seven of our favourite different tea recipes to shake up your mornings.
1. Ginger & Cardamom Tea
After a bit of spice with your milky brew? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
This ginger and cardamon tea is perfect for that morning pick-me-up. Bursting with zingy flavours, this blend certainly kick starts your day. You’ll need one teaspoon of honey, some fresh ginger root, ground cardamon and, of course, some black tea.
Add the ingredients to a saucepan and fill with an appropriate amount of water. Let it simmer for three minutes before adding your teabags. Once brewed, pour through a sieve into your mug of choice to avoid swallowing any spices. Finally, add as much or as little milk as you want. And voila – the perfect morning brew.
2. Spiced apple tea
If you’re looking for a winter warmer to wake up with, this will be just the thing.
Sort of like mulled wine, this spiced apple tea will give you serious festive feelings. You’ll need some apple cider or juice, fresh ginger root, allspice, cloves, brown sugar and black tea.
This one is super simple to make. All you need to do is add all of the ingredients into a saucepan with some water, cover it, and let it simmer away for a few minutes. Use either a sieve or spoon to remove the spices and it's ready to serve!
3. Tropical tea blend
Maybe you’d rather be whisked away to a faraway tropical place than be reminded of Christmas. And fair enough, we get it.
This tropical tea blend will have you dreaming of lazy beach mornings and honestly, what’s not to love about that.
Get yourself some black tea, orange juice, pineapple juice, sugar, orange and honey. Once you’re stocked up and ready to go, add the amount of water you need to a slow cooker or saucepan and brew the tea. Once steeped, remove the tea bags and add in the remaining ingredients. Let these cook through for about an hour before serving.
This tea is great for fruity mornings or for curing hangovers – it’s like a warm cup of Vitamin C and tea all in one. So, if you’re after some different tea recipes, this one is a great new addition to your roster.
4. Peach & strawberry green tea
If you’re wanting something quick, easy and light then this peach and strawberry green tea will be right up your street.
It does what it says on the tin and all you will need for this one is some strawberries, peach and some green tea. Firstly, add 150ml of cold water into a heatproof jug and top with 450ml of boiling water. Then, add your tea with the slices fruit and leave to steep.
Once that’s quietly brewed, strain the mixture and drink straight away. You can even throw in some freshly cut strawberries and peaches if you want to make it super Instagrammable.
5. Slow cooker chai tea
If you’re working from home or it’s the weekend, why not give this slow cooker recipe a go. What better way to warm up a wintery day than with a cup of chai tea? But this isn’t just any chai tea, it’s brewed using a slow cooker for an aromatic and flavourful cup of goodness.
All you need for this one is some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, cardamom pods, peppercorns, fresh ginger root and some black tea. Throw the loose ingredients into a spice bag and pop them into a slow cooker filled with however much water you need. Add the tea bags in and let it slowly bubble away for an hour or so.
Not only will your kitchen smell incredible but the tea itself will taste just as gorgeous. Perfect with a couple of biscuits or on its own.
6. Sunburst spiced tea
Maybe you’re not into all these fancy different tea recipes and just want a hearty cuppa with a little twist. Well, this sunburst spiced tea could be just the thing you’ve been waiting for.
Grab yourself some black tea, oranges, lemons, cardamom pods and whole cloves. Firstly, peel your oranges and lemons and place the peel into a saucepan with the cardamom pods and cloves. Crush them together until you start you get that wonderfully zesty smell. Add in your water and tea and let that simmer away for a few minutes. Strain the tea before serving and garnish with a lemon slice – if you’re feeling fancy.
7. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is having a bit of a moment lately. Walk into any chain coffee shop and you’ll find turmeric tea and coffees that you’d never have seen a year or so ago. Anyway, we love it and here’s how you can make your own at home.
You only need a few things so add these to your shopping list: turmeric, ginger, orange, honey and lemon.
Go ahead and boil yourself 500ml of water. Add the turmeric, grated ginger and orange zest and let that steep for five minutes. Once that’s done, strain the mixture and add a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of honey for a little bit of sweetness.
This is a perfect morning cuppa without the hassle of waiting in line at the coffee shop – perfect.
How many of these different tea recipes will you be trying?