Tea & Pie Pairings, Plus a Tea A La Mode Recipe
As classic as sweet potato casserole and turkey are on the Thanksgiving table, pie for the dessert course is the nostalgic way to bring the day to a close. You can also have your traditional pie in a cup with our pie-inspired teas. There are caffeine-free blends as well that are great in the evening, for kids and adults alike.
Similar to wine, tea offers a wide variety of sweet, spicy, and creamy flavors to pair perfectly with decadent desserts. Tea and pie complement each other very nicely and bring each element of the pairing to a higher level of enjoyment.
These unique pie-inspired teas are some of our faves:
Apple Strudel Herbal Fruit Tea
Craving a little apple pie à la mode this time of year? Try this fruit tea blend. Vanilla and spices pervade the apple pieces and make it both aromatic and tasty. Raisins and roasted chicory give it depth and nutty almond comes forward. This blend is a robust, warming, wonderful treat especially this time of year.
Organic Pumpkin Spice Black Chai
Perfectly paired black tea from India offers an exquisite base for a melody of spices including ginger, cardamon and clove. This cozy blend reminds you of everything you love about fall. The spiciness is balanced with the sweetness of the cinnamon. These layers combined with the creaminess of pumpkin creates quite a satisfying chai.
Lemon Meringue Green Tea
The unmistakable aroma of lemon meringue pie billows up from a fresh-brewed cup of this tea. And yet, there’s something more to it… the slightly savory scent of pan-fired green tea. The flavor is light and clear, starting more on the citrusy, zesty end of the spectrum and ending with that fresh-baked sweetness you know and love.
Cinnamon Apple Rooibos
Cinnamon and apple… a classic fall combination. This tea has just the right blend of spicy cinnamon and tart, fragrant apples. At first sip, you may think of spiced cider or apple pie. Juicy apple and naturally sweet cinnamon meld effortlessly to create a sublimely warming brew. Nutty rooibos provides a hearty finish. With zero caffeine, Cinnamon Apple Rooibos is healthy treat any time of day!
Roasted Pumpkin Yerba Mate
Like pie fresh out of the oven, the warm roasted aroma of Pumpkin Yerba Mate draws you in immediately. The distinctive ginger and cream are pleasant and the roasted mate and rooibos meld perfectly. Buckwheat, sweet potato and pumpkin seeds add a woody, savory taste, while candied peanuts layer on another unique note to the overall rich and satisfying blend.
Want to pair the flavors of pie with tea and ice cream? Try this treat…
Tea a la Mode Recipe
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons Organic Pumpkin Spice Black Chai
5 scoops of vanilla ice cream
5 cups sparkling water
Bring sugar and plain water to a boil. Simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and steep tea for six minutes. Filter tea. Pour two tablespoons of this sweet tea infusion into a glass, then add sparkling water to fill the glass half full. Add a scoop of ice cream and top with more sparkling water as needed. Makes five servings.
Note: for a caffeine-free option exchange the chai for Cinnamon Apple Rooibos. Cheers to dessert in a glass!
If you’ve got a major sweet tooth, also check out our feature on How to Kick Your Sugar Cravings with Teas and Tisanes.
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