Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. Making something for loved ones or yourself is a beautiful thing. All tea lovers are covered! Our Tea Sommelier created this guide to help you create your blends. You can choose your favorite flavors, but remember to remember the basics. Prepare to brew up some love for Valentine’s Day.
Here are some simple tips from a Tea Sommelier about creating your own tea blends. The ingredients for all the recipes are readily available.
First, a few rules.
Green, Black, Oolong, and White tea are all good choices: green tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea, and White Tea. The type of tea you choose will determine what ingredients can be used.
Choose your ingredients. First, try to use only natural ingredients. Avoid food essences or colors that make the tea look friendly but not taste great. Creating a blend of tea that retains all health benefits is essential. Open your herb and spice jars. Add ingredients in this order:
Stay from a mild flavor to a more robust flavor. Add each ingredient one at a time. After adding each component, taste your tea. You may like the sound of a particular ingredient but not the taste.
Limit yourself to only 3-4 ingredients. It’s fun to make your blend of tea, but don’t go overboard. Instead, create several different blends.
Please keep it away from direct sunlight and in a dark, airtight container. Only use an opaque jar; wait to open it after a week. This allows all flavors to blend well. Tea absorbs odors quickly. Store your pot away from items that have strong scents or aromas. It is not necessary to freeze or refrigerate. It is OK to leave it at room temperature.
After a week, open your jar, and your tea blend will be ready. Enjoy your creation!
Here are a few easy blends to get you started:
Wake me up, Green Tea.
1 cup dried Basil Leaves
Two tablespoons of dried orange peels
Three tablespoons dried ginger bits (or saunth powder).
100 grams of green tea
Ginger is my favorite ingredient. This is the perfect remedy for a sluggish start to your Day. Combining it with orange and soothing basil creates a morning wake-me-up tea.
Oriental Bliss Tea
1/2 cup Lemongrass
Three tablespoons of dried coconut shavings
50gms White Tea
50 gms Green Tea
This luxurious blend is perfect for an evening cup of tea. White tea contains seven times more antioxidants than green tea. Half and half is a great way to boost the antioxidants in your green tea. Coconut and lemongrass add richness to this tea.
Apple Pie Tea
You will need 1 cup of dried apple pieces. Most are coated with sugar, so check the amount you should add to your tea. You could even add honey to the tea. Love is best paired with teas that contain fruit ).
Two teaspoons cinnamon bits (avoid powder, and instead coarsely grind cinnamon sticks)
100gms Black Tea
This dessert tea will satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy this tea as a drink after your meal instead of consuming calories. You can substitute apples with any dried fruit of your choice. This recipe also works well with a mixture of dried berries. I recommend that you try dried cranberries.