The days of iced tea are numbered as the weather begins to turn cool and crisp. The time for hot tea returns as the leaves begin to fall off of trees and crunch under your feet. Strawberries and peaches make way for fruits like apples and pears. To complement these tasty gems of nature, spices are added for a zesty and aromatic flavor.
But spices are not just limited to food. Did you know that they are used in a majority of teas? Chai tea is a perfect example. Chai is made with black tea and a mixture of spices like cardamom, cloves, cumin, and other spices. Spices help add flavor to tea and help you enjoy it just a bit more. Popular teas to add spices not only include black tea but also green tea, herbal, and Rooibos. Examples include:
Twinings Winter Spice an apple flavored chamomile tea blended with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. This tea is enjoyed all year round but it is especially associated with the holidays, due to the spices being more common during the winter season.
English Tea Store’s Serenity Tea which is a blend of camomile and Rooibos tea with licorice and cinnamon. This tea is called Serenity tea as it is meant to help you calm and wind down after a long day or whenever you feel like you need a nice tea break.
While Chai is the most popular of spiced teas, it’s not just limited to black tea. Chai can also be made with green tea and rooibos for those who love the clean taste of green tea and for those who want a little less caffeine in their tea. These teas use the same spices used in regular chai. My recommendation for these two teas is that it may not be a good idea to add milk to these two.
And did you know that autumn’s spices are not just limited to cinnamon? Allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, anise, cloves, and ginger are all popular spices used in Autumn teas. Enjoy a spicy Autumn and let your teas be warm and fulfilling!