Christmas Tea Collection

This Christmas Tea Collection offers 7 different ways to enjoy a cup of warming and festive tea during the holiday season. Everyone will find their favourite flavour!

This post was originally publised in December 2018. I have updated the recipe (A new idea – Candy Cane Tea – has been added), and I also updated some of the photoes. 

Hello everyone. Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? I hope you’re ready. And although I’m super excited about the next couple of days, quiet and joyful, I’m a little bit sad. Why? Because Christmas is actually happening in two days. Weird, isn’t? I’m sorry – I’m a strange guy. For me, the best part of Christmas, as well as some other events (like a trip abroad), is its anticipation. While I do enjoy preparing for holidays (from cooking planning to spending some money for shopping), Christmas itself comes and goes so quickly. Unfairly quickly. Please tell me that you might feel the same.

But let’s not think about what happens next – let’s enjoy this beautiful moment as much as possible!

And trust me that this Christmas Tea Collection will warm your soul during (hopefully) White Christmas.

This collection offers as caffeine based drinks as well as herbal tea. And options? Plenty, from spices to citrus and berries. And the most unique recipe is…spruce tree tea. No, you don’t have issues with your eyes. A little of spruce  (Please leave your 2 meter Christmas tree alone!)  will introduce a nice intriguing flavour somehow resembling rosemary. Just don’t add a lot of and spruce it up (Haha sounds funny) with some honey and citrus. This tea is also healthy as it has an anti-inflammatory effect. By the way, do you know that they make jam out of pine cones too? I’ve never tried, but this tea is a tiny step towards that recipe :)

Okay, my friends. I am going to wrap it up. That’s certainly my last recipe before Christmas, but I’ll be back since I have two festive recipes perfect for your New Year’s celebration.

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy some quality time. And don’t forget to try something from this Christmas Tea Collection. P.S. Most of these tea ideas would be delicious with a splash of alcohol such as rum or brandy. Exciting, right?

Cheers.

Candy Cane Tea
Cranberry Honey Tea
Cranberry Tangerine Ginger Tea

 

Spruce Orange Tea

 

Apple Currant Thyme Tea

 

Cranberry Pine Nut Tea

 

Spiced Black Tea

 

Tangerine Cardamom Tea

 

Spiced Cranberry Black Tea

Christmas Tea Collection

Category: Christmas, Drinks, Holidays, Hot Tea

Ingredients

    Tangerine Cardamom Tea (2 cups):
  • 1/2 cup tangerine juice (6-7 fruit)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 black teabag
  • 1,5 cup water
  • few slices of fresh or dried tangerine zest
    Spiced Cranberry Black Tea (2 cups):
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of water
  • juice of one orange
  • 1/2 cup cranberries (frozen are ok)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • 1 star-anise
  • 2 black tea bags
  • honey, optional
    Spiced Black Tea (3 cups):
  • 3 cups of water
  • juice of one orange
  • 3-4 small pieces of fresh or dried tangerine zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • 1 star-anise
  • honey, to taste
    Spruce Orange Tea:
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1-2 small pieces of a spruce tree (preferably young tree); the size of the tree in the picture would be sufficient
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • few slices of orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • honey, to taste
    Cranberry Pine Nut Tea (4 cups):
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 2 small rosemary sprig
  • 3 thyme sprig
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a pinch of ginger
  • 1 to 3 tbsp honey
    Cranberry Tangerine Ginger Tea:
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium tangerine, juice and zest
  • 1 small rosemary sprig
  • small piece of ginger, grated (or dry ginger)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • few cardamom pods
  • honey, optional, to taste
    Apple Currant Thyme Tea:
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried black currants
  • 4-5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5-6 cardamom pods
  • 1 star-anise
  • 1-3 tsp honey, to taste
    Candy Cane Tea:
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tea bags
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. crushed candy cane
    Cranberry Honey Tea:
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star-anise
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. honey

Instructions

    Tangerine Cardamom Tea:
  1. In a small pot combine all the ingredients except the tea and bring to a boil. Off heat. Add the teabag and let it steep for 10 minutes.
    Spiced Cranberry Black Tea:
  1. In a small pot combine all the ingredients except the tea and bring to a soft boil and boil for about 5-10 minutes or until the berries are soft and release their juice. Off heat. Add the teabag and let it steep for 10 minutes. This tea turns rather tart so add some honey if desires.
    Spiced Black Tea:
  1. In a small pot combine all the ingredients except the tea and bring to a boil. Off heat. Add the teabag and let it steep for 10 minutes. Add some honey if desired.
    Spruce Orange Tea:
  1. In a small pot combine all the ingredients except the honey and bring to a boil. Off heat. Let it stand 10 minutes or longer and add some honey. If you keep the tea longer than 10 minutes, I recommend removing the tree brunch as it might turn the tea too bitter.
    Cranberry Pine Nut Tea:
  1. In a medium pot combine all the ingredients except the honey and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the cranberries release the juices. Off heat. Let it stand 10 minutes or longer and add some honey.
    Cranberry Tangerine Ginger Tea:
  1. In a medium pot combine all the ingredients except the honey and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the cranberries release the juices. Off heat. Let it stand 10 minutes or longer and add some honey.
    Apple Currant Thyme Tea:
  1. In a medium pot combine all the ingredients except the honey and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the apples are softer. Off heat. Let it stand 10 minutes or longer and add some honey.
    Candy Cane Tea:
  1. Bring water to a boil and off heat. Add the tea bags and candy cane and let it steep for about 5 minutes.
    Cranberry Honey Tea:
  1. Combine water, cranberries, and spices, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10-12 minutes. Off heat and add the honey.
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3 thoughts on “Christmas Tea Collection

  1. I feel the exact same way, Ben! I feel that a lot of Christmas is the weeks and days leading up to the 25th…all the excitement, planning and anticipation. That’s why I feel it’s so important to actually ENJOY it, ya know? It all comes and goes way too fast if you ask me…and I can’t believe that even before Christmas Day gets here, there’s ads for boxing day and fitness equipment. Eeeeek! Anywho, I’m gonna enjoy it and I would especially enjoy it if I had some of these teas! They all sound lovely,but especially that spruce orange tea. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and Happy New Year! Chat in 2019 ;)
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  2. Wow, what a collection of holiday tea! I totally know what you mean about Christmas coming and going too fast. I’m always shocked when the Christmas decorations show up in stores in October, but before you know it, Christmas is over. The anticipation is the best part! We’ve been a bit under the weather here lately, and a good mug (or 6) of tea sounds great right now. Merry Christmas, my friend!
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