A steaming, coal coloured cauldron sits in front of me. Swirling steam suffocates the dark room with its heat, a stark contrast to the shivering cold outside. It almost feels like it’s burning the atmosphere around it, crisping the air. It draws me in, guiding me into its warmth. Leaning over, I can see myself reflected in the bronze mixture I’ve been steeping for so long; deep and inviting. With a shaky hand, I add the last of my ingredients: a sprinkle of crushed leaves, a drop of ghostly white liquid and a spoonful of sugar crystals. The concoction sizzles and spits in response, devouring them. It’s ready. I attach a sieve-like net to the lip of the cauldron and pour the potion into a mug. As I blow on it, I switch on the lights, curl up on the sofa, and sip. Aah. Another brilliant cup of tea!
There’s a magic behind tea making. Every mug is the equivalent to a potion in a sparkling glass vial, ready to enchant you. It’s more than science or a type of medicine. Tea can be mixed and altered into so many things that the average tea maker couldn’t even muster. Forget about the classics- although Chamomile and Ginger do have some sorcery lurking amidst their depths, they lack a certain mystic spark that the following teas include.
Whilst on the search for a new tea to try, I found five recipes that I can’t wait to try and create. From your average looking tea to a new extreme, these recipes will open your eyes to how much more tea can be!
Thai Coconut Tea
Although I’m personally not much of a fan of anything coconut-y, this recipe sounds like a great drink to help you relax after a long day. In particular, the Chai tea base mixed with coconut milk can physically make you feel more comfortable. Both substances help lower your cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, therefore improving your heart health. With this flavoursome tea, you can feel snug both inside and out. You can find the recipe here!
Spiced Apple Tea
Spiced Apple Tea encompasses that Christmas feeling all in one mug. I’m lucky enough to have this drink on hand locally… it tends to be the sole reason for most of my 20 minute walks down to the seaside. The sweetness of apple paired with the strong taste of cinnamon works perfectly with the sour lemon slice, overall creating a cosy, ready-for-winter vibe. You can find a recipe for it at the end of this awesome blog post by Mostly Homemade Mom!
London Fog Latte
A foamy, delicate take on a timeless classic. If you’ve ever found Earl Grey to have a harsh taste, then trying its latte form may be the best choice for you. The best thing about this type of tea is that you can personalise it in so many different ways. Use a different type of milk; add a slice of lemon, pour in some honey- there are several ways to make this drink your own. In this recipe, dried lavender and vanilla extract is used to create that perfect, cloud-like finish.
Matcha Tea Latte
Not too long ago this drink took the world by storm! Bright green and full of energy, this tea works in the same way as London Fog; minimising that strong taste and replacing it with a lighter feel. Moreover, this tea is more flexible in temperature. Drink hot or cold, it’s refreshing either way- especially if you follow this particular recipe!
Lavender Tea Latte
This tea captured my attention by looks alone. It’s not very often that you find a purple coloured drink, and although this isn’t caused by the drink itself, it’s definitely something you can do at home. Why not add food colouring to more of your teas for that stunning change to capture all of your friend’s attention? Find out how to do it here.
Do any of these teas appeal to you? Which one would you love to try? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂