This delicious tea blend, with its spicy, minty, sweet rich flavour, is a great homemade gift. Serve with milk or a slice of clementine for a festive treat.
A friend brought me some fantastic fancy tea from the USA that was unlike any tea I’d had before. It had sprinkles in it! And chocolate! And it was utterly delicious. There was only one problem – the teeny tiny size of the box it came in…
Time to DIY
I had to find a way to replicate this gorgeous drink. Partly for myself, but partly because I figured that this delicious tea, with its spicy, minty, sweet and rich flavour, would be a terrific (and simple to make!) homemade gift. Packed with a china mug, a lovely teapot or infuser, maybe some home-baked biscuits – I’d be delighted to receive it!
I love to have a cup of this tea for my elevenses. The black tea gives a gentle jolt of caffeine, and the mint and spices are both reviving and comforting. It’s a bit like chai only perkier. I like it with milk, but black with a slice of clementine or orange is delicious too.
How to proceed?
I had a fair idea of what needed to go into my festive tea blend – black tea leaves, peppermint, spicy pink peppercorns and cloves, chocolate… But I was finding it hard to get all the ingredients in one place. Fortunately, I found the Steenbergs website! They have been selling a vast range of fair-trade and organic herbs, spices, teas and other essentials since 2003. They were able to provide all the elements for this wonderful tea blend, as well as some handy little empty tea-bags to fill with it!
Measure and mix
As you can see, the ingredients are straightforward and your only job is to measure and mix. The peppermint gives a bright, fresh flavour. The pink peppercorns add spice and also look gorgeous. The chocolate chips give depth and loveliness, and the sprinkles add festive fun, and make the tea sweet and delicious. It looks so pretty when it’s all mixed up!
This fancy tea isn’t exactly like the one I was given… it’s better! It captures the warming, fragrant, spicy sweet flavours of the festive season in a wonderful hot drink that slips down a treat. Brew up a mug of this, put your feet up by the fire, relax and enjoy. Bliss.
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Festive spiced tea
- 25 g large-leaved loose black tea e.g. orange pekoe (approx. 12½ tbsp or ¾ cup + 1 tbsp)
- 10 g dried peppermint/loose peppermint tea (approx. 5 tbsp or ⅓ cup)
- 5 tsp dried orange blossoms
- 5 tsp whole pink peppercorns
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 1½-2 tsp small dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
- 3 tsp multi-coloured sprinkles/hundreds and thousands
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.
- Allow 1½-2 tsp of the tea blend per cup. Place into an infuser, personal tea filter or tea pot, and pour over boiling water. Allow to brew for 1-2 minutes before serving.
- Serve with milk to taste, or a slice of clementine or orange for a really festive flavour.
Disclaimer: I was sent the ingredients for this recipe by Steenbergs. I was not required to write a positive review of them and any opinions expressed are my own.