Holiday teas you’re gonna need to try!
We are in for a different holiday season this year. One thing we know for sure; we can count on warming and nourishing teas to bring us the flavors and smells of the holiday season. Classic combinations like spicy turmeric and cardamom, apple and ginger, chocolate and mint, and cranberry and orange can elevate your December days.
Reach for a cup of bold Roasted Cocoa Mint Yerba Mate with an energy boost while getting ready to decorate for the holidays. Make a cup of vibrant, naturally caffeine-free Cinnamon Pear Hibiscus for the kids so that they can feel included in the festivities.
Looking for a flavorful tea with a kick? Check out our recipes below for piping hot and iced cocktails featuring our favorite festive teas. Both are delicious and easy to make.
This unique blend is a fiery twist on chai. The dry leaf of this enlivening spiced tea blend is varied with clove stems and flowers, peppercorns, green cardamom pods and whole chili peppers. Hearty turmeric lends a bright orange tinge to the brew.
This festive blend is like a chocolate mint truffle in liquid form! Earthy roasted mate, nutty rooibos, and sweet honeybush create a solid triad base. Spearmint, cocoa nibs and almonds add richness and complexity. With a character similar to black tea, or a bit like coffee, this is a unique and enjoyable beverage.
Zingy Apple Ginger Green Tea
This warming, ginger-spiked blend evokes the wintery taste of apple cider. Zesty ginger and sweet apple pieces give it the appeal of a baked apple. From its pale golden color to its lingering spicy-sweet aftertaste, it’s a delight to savor. It packs all of the warmth that we crave in colder months.
Cheery, no-caf Cinnamon Pear Hibiscus
The flavor of sweet, juicy pear lingers in your mouth long after the last sip of tea. It is full of sublime fruity notes with a hint of warming cinnamon to add depth, while bright hibiscus and rosehips lend their tangy sweetness.
Fruity, tart Cranberry Orange Black Tea
This tea is joy in a cup, starting with the fresh aroma of pure cranberries. Fruit-forward and medium-bodied, this blend is a medley of sweet-tart fruit with a solid black tea base. The black tea offers a mellow mouthfeel and ripe berry notes linger at the finish.
Questions about water temperatures and brewing times? Check out our Tea 101.
Holiday Tea cocktails to try:
Creamy Turmeric Chai Rum Cocktail
Makes two servings
- 3 teaspoons Turmeric Chai Black Tea
- 2 cups water just off the boil
- 3 ounces rum
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- Ground nutmeg to taste
First, brew your tea. Then add rum, coconut milk, maple syrup and then mix thoroughly.
Pour into mugs and sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Vodka Cranberry Punch with Apple Cider Ice Cubes
Special equipment: You’ll need 1 ice cube tray
- 2 cups brewed Cranberry Orange Black Tea
- 3 cups cranberry juice
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup fresh, whole cranberries
- Cinnamon-y Simple Syrup (See recipe below)
Make ahead of time: Brew two cups of tea at double strength. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Combine cranberry juice, vodka, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and the cinnamon-y simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir and refrigerate before serving to meld the flavors. Add the Cranberry Orange Black tea ice cubes and cranberries to the pitcher for garnish just before serving.
Cinnamon-y Simple Syrup Recipe
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup water
Heat sugar, cinnamon and 1/3 cup water over medium heat. Whisk periodically and simmer until it begins to bubble, then remove from the heat. Allow it cool to room temperature for about one hour.