February is the month for love. Making something for your loved ones or yourself is the best way to express your love. All tea lovers are covered by us! This detailed guide was created by our Tea Sommelier. You can choose any flavor you want, but remember these basic principles. This Valentine’s Day, get ready to make some love!
These are some simple ways to use the Flavor Wheel. Tips from a Tea Sommier on how you can make your own customized tea blends. All of the ingredients are easily available around you.
There are few rules that apply first.
- First, choose your base tea. Oolong, Oolong, and green teas. The foundation for what type of ingredients you can use is determined by your choice of tea.
- Choose your ingredients. First, make sure you only use natural ingredients. Food essences and colors can make your tea look great but not taste good. It is important to create a blend of teas that retains all its health benefits. Grab your herb jars and spice drawers. This is how to add ingredients.
- Never go from a mild flavor to a strong one. Only add one ingredient at a given time. After adding each ingredient, taste the tea. You may find the sound of an ingredient exciting. However, you might not like the way it tastes when combined with other ingredients.
- Limit yourself to 3-4 ingredients. It’s great fun to make your own tea blends. However, it’s better to have a variety of tea blends than just one.
- It should be kept in an airtight container. Keep it out of direct sunlight. Only use an opaque jar and don’t open it for more than one week. This allows all flavors to infuse properly. Tea quickly absorbs odors. Keep your tea jar away from strong scents and fragrances. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated or frozen. It can be left at room temperature.
After a week, open your jar and voila! Your tea blend is ready. Enjoy your creation!
These are some simple blends that you can use to get started:
Green Tea for Wake-Me-Up
1 cup chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons orange peels
3 tablespoons dried ginger bits (or saunth powder).
100 gms green tea
Ginger is one of the most favorite ingredients. It is the ideal antidote for sluggish mornings. This morning wake-up tea is made with soothing orange and basil.
Oriental Bliss Tea
1/2 cup lemongrass
3 tablespoons coconut shavings
White tea 50gms
50 gms green tea
This luxurious blend is perfect for evening tea. A cup of white tea contains seven times more antioxidants than a cup green tea. To make a stronger cup of green tea, you can blend it half and half. The addition of coconut and the fresh lemongrass adds richness and flavor to the tea.
Apple Pie Tea
1 cup dried apple pieces. Most apples are sugar coated so make sure you check the sugar level before making the tea. This tea can be made with honey. Honey is best when it’s made with fruit-based teas.
2 teaspoons cinnamon bits (avoid powdered or coarsely ground cinnamon sticks).
100 gms black Tea
Enjoy this dessert tea. This dessert tea can be used as a post-meal drink, so skip the sugary desert. You can substitute apple for your favorite dried fruit. You can also use a mixture of dried berries. I recommend that you try dried cranberries.