Homemade festive tea blend – a wonderful gift idea

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.

homemade festive blended tea

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!

homemade festive tea blend

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. 

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.

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Festive spiced tea

Course Drinks
Keyword gift, herbs, tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Helen


  • 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.

To brew

  • 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.

For more terrific homemade foodie gifts, take a look at this list of the best homemade gift ideas. Or if you have cloves left over, see how to make a clove etrog here.

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.


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  3. Fab blog, and awesome prize

  4. What a beautiful giveaway! and a great blog

  5. I’ve never tried tea blends before what a great idea!

  6. Why have I never thought of making a tea blend before?! I know a lot of tea lovers and think a personalised blend would make a fantastic gift. Great idea!

  7. I love Steenbergs – the only rosewater I will use. Brilliant stuff. A homemade tea blends sounds like a brilliant gift – would love to customise a blend for the holidays.

    • Haven’t tried the rosewater but the herbs and spices are wonderful! And so many other interesting ingredients on their website – easy to get carried away…

  8. Sometimes I do my own linden flower tea but never thought of mixing spices to create my own blend! The Steenbergs tea set looks like a great Christmas gift!

  9. I love Steenbergs, I’ve tried some of their tea blends and they’re really really good!

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