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Tea Latte Recipes to Try

September 6, 2021

With fall being just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to consider tea lattes. Tea lattes are the perfect combination of warm and cozy that is necessary for the fall, and they are easy to make from the comfort of your own home. Just like a regular latte, tea lattes are equal parts tea and steamed milk and can have other added flavors for your liking. We rounded up 4 of our favorite tea latte recipes that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Matcha Latte

Matcha is a popular form of green tea that has become a trend inspiring drinks, desserts, and more. It is high in antioxidants and has 10x the nutrients of regular green tea, which is why matcha lattes are the perfect drink to get your day going. Here is everything you need to make a perfect matcha latte. The recipe for this tasty drink is simple, but requires certain techniques to make it smooth.

Ingredients:

  • Matcha Powder
  • Hot Water
  • Honey, or another natural sweetener such as agave
  • Milk

Instructions:

  1. First, we recommend using a matcha whisk. Begin by sifting your matcha powder to avoid clumping. We want your latte to be as smooth and clump-free as possible to make it more enjoyable.
  2. Next, add the matcha to a cup or mug. Pour the hot water over the sifted matcha and whisk using your matcha whisk. The outcome should be a smooth dark green paste.
  3. After the paste is whisked to perfection, heat your milk of choice in a small saucepan and pour into the cup or mug. If you prefer and iced latter, use cold milk.
  4. Use your matcha whisk to thoroughly mix the milk and paste together. This should produce a light green color.
  5. Following this step, you can add honey or a natural sweetener such as agave for your liking. Add a sprinkle of the matcha powder on top for decoration.

Chai Tea Latte

Craving something spicy and don’t feel like spending the money on a chai tea latte from Starbucks? Make your own Chai Tea Latte at home with this easy recipe. Chai tea is a version of black tea that includes chai spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper, and cardamom. The infusion of spices and a touch of milk creates a perfect creamy combination perfect for a fall day.

Ingredients:

  • Loose Leaf Chai Tea
  • Hot water
  • Your milk of choice (non-fat, almond, etc.). The higher fat your milk is, the creamier texture you will achieve. Starbucks uses 2% milk for their lattes.
  • Granulated sugar, brown sugar, or another artificial sweetener of your liking
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg (for garnishing purposes)

Instructions:

  1. First you want to create a chai concentrate using the loose leaf tea and sugar. Brew this mixture and then remove from the heat and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. After the tea is done steeping, heat your milk of choice over medium-high heat until warm. Once the appropriate temperature is achieved, whisk the milk to create the froth.
  3. Pour the chai tea concentrate over the milk and stir to create your desired mixture. An optional last step is to add Cinnamon and nutmeg on top for garnishing purposes.

Lavender Tea Latte

The hint of floral notes in this tasty tea creates a soothing and sweet taste enjoyable by all. Lavender is an aromatic plant that is used as a popular essential oil, and scent for body products and home fragrances. It is also used to add a floral taste to any drink or dessert. The Lavender tea latte is surprisingly delicious and easy to create.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Steep the lavender flowers and earl grey tea in hot water for 7-10 minutes.
  2. While the tea is steeping, heat the milk in a small saucepan.
  3. Strain the tea and stir in the agave. After fully stirring the mixture, add in the milk and continue to stir.
  4. Top off the drink with lavender as a pretty garnish and enjoy.

Honey Chamomile Tea Latte

Not only is this latte perfect if you are feeling sick, but it also is a nice way to hit refresh for your body. The combination of the calming effects of Chamomile and the warmth and sweetness create the ultimate mixture.

Ingredients:

  • Herbal Chamomile Tea
  • Honey
  • Hot Water
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Milk of your choosing, we recommend trying coconut milk for this recipe.

Instructions:

  1. Bring your water to a simmer and add the tea. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes while covered.
  2. Heat your milk in a separate container and whisk until frothy.
  3. Add the honey to the tea followed by the milk. Stir until the mixture is completely dissolved.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

No Barista skills are necessary to create these simple lattes. Not only can you try one of these 4 recipes, but you can also transform any of our loose leaf teas into a tea latte by adding milk and a sweetener.

Tea Recipes

5 Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

July 2, 2021

Nothing is better than a tall glass of iced tea to kick off your summer days. Whether you are drinking it for the refreshing, cool taste on a summer afternoon, or you need the caffeine and want something lighter than a latte; iced tea has the answer to all of your summer needs.

We sifted through and found 5 refreshing iced tea recipes for you to try out this Summer.

Summertime Orange Tango Tea

First on our list is the Summertime Orange Tango Tea. This tangy summer tea will leave you begging for more! Drink it as it is or add tequila for a delightful summer cocktail.

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Black Iced Tea Bags (Try our Assam Black Tea for a basic black tea!)
  • Sugar
  • Orange Juice Concentrate
  • Lemonade Concentrate
  • Tequila (optional)
  • Fresh lemon slices and mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

1. Bring your water to a boil, turn off the heat, and add your tea bags. Allow this to steep for 3-5minutes, then remove the tea bags.

2. Stir in the sugar, orange juice concentrate, lemonade, and add more water!

3. Refrigerate until chilled.

4. Add tequila (if desired) and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves(optional).

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

Our next summer favorite is the Blackberry Mint Iced Tea. This combination of a sweet berry with refreshing mint makes for the perfect drink on a Hot Summer Day! Kick back and relax with this iced tea while getting your daily dose of antioxidants. 

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of Fresh Blackberries
  • 6 leaves of Fresh Mint
  • 1 bags of Green Iced Tea (Try our Young Hyson Green Tea for a delicately sweet green tea)
  • 3 cups of Hot Water
  • Raw Honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start with adding fresh blackberries, fresh mint leaves, and tea bags to your container.
  2. Second, pour hot water over the ingredients. Allow this to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, you will remove the tea bags from the mixture and place your container in the fridge. Allow it to chill for 3-4 hours to get the maximum amount of flavor! 

Homemade Southern Sweet Tea

Next on our list is famous in the South and is perfect for any BBQ… Homemade Southern Sweet Tea (and NOT the kind you try at McDonalds). Nothing beats the sweet, smooth, and tasty tang of Southern Sweet Tea! It’s important to remember that you should be using tea that is specially made to make iced tea, NOT any old bag of tea in your pantry.

Another key tip for making the best Southern Sweet Tea is to brew It yourself! Your tea should steep for 15 minutes while brewing.

What you’ll need:

  • Water and Tea Bags for Brewing (We recommend our Assam Black Tea for this iced tea!)
  • Sugar
  • Ice
  • Baking Soda (optional)

Directions:

  1. The first step is to boil 1 quart of water over medium heat
  2. Next you will turn the heat off and place your tea bags into the water. Allow this to steep for 15minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and press them against the side of the saucepan to get the maximum amount of tea out of them as possible!
  4. Afterwards, pour your sugar into the pitcher and pour half of the amount of tea over the sugar.
  5. Stir until the sugar is dissolved
  6. Add the remaining tea.
  7. Finally, stir in baking soda. This step is optional but, is recommended to leave your tea in top condition if you are planning to keep it in your fridge for a while! You are free to either serve it right away or refrigerate and wait for it to cool down.

Matcha Mint Iced Refresher

Our fourth iced tea is the Matcha Mint Iced Refresher! This drink is refreshingly simple to make and perfect for summer sipping. Matcha is known for being high in antioxidants and boosting your energy levels and metabolism, so why not add it to your Summer list?

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Cooking Grade Matcha
  • Fresh Lime
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Ice
  • Agave (or your favorite sweetener as an optional addition)

Directions:

  • First you will need a container to shake the mixture in. We recommend using a cocktail shaker, but any container with a trusty lid can work too!
  • Add your ice to the container and squeeze the lime over the ice.
  • Mix in your water and matcha, and be sure to mix until there are no more lumps of your matcha powder.
  • Add in your mint leaves and continue to shake the mixture in your container!
  • The last optional step is to add your agave or other sweetener and you are ready to serve!

The Arnold Palmer

Last, but definitely not least, the Arnold Palmer. This legendary drink combines iced tea and lemonade for a delightfully sweet taste. The Arnold Palmer was created one hot summer day in 1960 when Arnold himself asked his wife to prepare him this drink at the Latrobe Country Club, thus coining its’ name after its’ creator— American professional golfer, Arnold Palmer. The key to making an Arnold Palmer is all in the ingredients. Tea is the backbone of this iconic combination which is why the quality of tea you choose matters!

What you’ll need: Consider using homemade lemonade and iced tea for quality taste!

  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Unsweetened Iced Tea (Try our Assam Black Tea for this recipe!)
  • Ice
  • Mint Sprig Garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. First you are going to fill your glass ¾ of the way full with iced tea, make sure to use tea bags that are specifically for iced tea.
  2. Next you are going to fill the remaining ¼ with lemonade.
  3. Finally, add ice and mint sprig garnish (optional) and you are all set for a Summer afternoon!

Now, what are you waiting for? Get to Summer sipping with these 5 amazing iced tea recipes. 

Tea Recipes

5 Recipes That Add Tea to Your Soup

November 1, 2016

Tea’s not just a drink. It’s an ingredient. And soup is a great way to incorporate it as such. Whether tea is used as a broth or its leaves are used as a spice, tea diversifies the flavor profile of any soup, all while adding zero calories. Check out these five soups that use tea to mix things up:

1) Green Tea Chicken Noodle Soup

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Chicken noodle soup is a classic for the bedridden in search of a bowl-based cure. So is tea. Why not combine the two? This recipe for Green Tea Chicken Noodle Soup does just that and gives this sick day staple a Japanese makeover with soba noodles, miso, and green tea leaves.

2) Smoky Tomato Soup

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Give your tomato soup a smoky transformation by using a broth made from lapsang souchong tea. Smoked over fir tree roots, souchong tealeaves will transport your nose and your soup back to nights sitting around the campfire. Vegetarian and gluten-free, this recipe will certainly take your tomato soup up a notch.

3) Tea-Scented Pumpkin Soup

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Ceylon tea gives this pumpkin soup something extra. Ceylon tea hails from Sri Lanka and has some pretty striking health benefits: it increases mental altertness and may help prevent a bevy of health problems, including cancer, Parkinson’s, and heart attack. Ceylon’s citrus notes add a hint of tang to this creamy, pumpkin soup, perfect for chilly fall nights.

4) Vegetable Pho With Tea Broth

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This recipe remixes the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup with a Lapsang Souchong tea-based broth seasoned with hoisin sauce, Chinese 5 Spice, lime, and cilantro. Soaked in this spicy broth are shitake mushrooms, carrots, and peppers. Meeting your daily vegetable quota has never been so flavorful.

5) Chamomile Cauliflower Soup

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Cauliflower’s everywhere. In the last four years, it’s grown 29% on American menus. Chefs are experimenting with this versatile vegetable in all sorts of new ways, from using it in pizza crust to combining it with new flavors and ingredients. This creamy, vegan cauliflower soup does just that. It uses cauliflower cooked in chamomile tea as its base. Sautéed shallots and celery combine with cauliflower in a blender to provide nutrition by the spoonful, and parsley provides a pop of color and garnish to finish things off.