I was asked the other day if I make my own tea. My answer was, “Yes and no.” Obviously I do not grow my own tea, but I do scent my tea. I have various herbs, as well as different types of tea which I mix. So tonight I mixed a decaf black tea (P&G Tips) with some edible lavender buds. And suddenly I have lavender black tea.
You can blend your own teas and keep the mixed combinations on hand. This makes sense with complicated blends like chai where it is not as simple as some mixes. I personally like to keep the various parts on hand and mix them when I make the cup of tea. That way I have the most flexibility. No directions are really needed but here they are nonetheless.
- Boil water.
- Add a “base” tea. This can be loose leaf tea or in tea bags. No matter.
- Choose any favor or scents to it. Anything edible and plant-based can be added. Get creative. Add the amount you think will work. You can always tweak later.
- Brew until the strength is to your liking.
- Strain tea.
- Enjoy from a teapot or pour it directly into the teacups
- black tea (decaf & regular)
- green tea (decaf & regular)
- white tea (decaf & regular)
- Darjeeling (decaf & regular)
- Earl Grey (decaf & regular)
“scents” to mix in:
- Mint (spearmint & peppermint)
- Lemon peel, lemon verbena or lemon balm
- Chai spices (ginger, white pepper, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon) and any comb
- Rose hips
Some combinations I particularly like:
- Jasmine Green Tea
- Lavender Earl Grey
- Earl Grey with Lavender, Rose and Rosemary
- London Fog (Earl Grey with Lavender and Vanilla)
- Chamomile, rose & rosemary
- Chamomile Lemon (verbena, blam or peel)
- Ginger Black tea
- Lemon rosemary chamomile
- Cinnamon cardamom black tea
- Chamomile mint
- Chai black tea
- so many more options… get creative