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Monday, November 17, 2008

Submit Your Favorite Tea Blend!!

Herbal Tea
This week I am going to work on making tea blends for the winter season. Some for giving, but mostly for my own drinking.
I use re-usable muslin tea bags and seal-your own bags. I buy loose tea in bulk from a local health food store. About twice a year, I spread all my herbs out on my harvest table, get out my favorite mortar and pestle and make all my favorite blends.
This year, I am asking for your help. I want to know what your favorite blends are. What are your favorite spicy teas? fruity teas? medicinal teas? teas for detox? teas for clarity? sleepy teas? teas for energy?
PLEASE leave your favorite recipe in the comments section and I will add them to this blog post.
What is your favorite tea for zen-ness?
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Here is a recipe for Chai Tea submitted by Earth Mama from http://www.chailatterecipes.com/

Chai Tea Ingredients:

Black Tea 10 teaspoons (25grams)(I prefer using Formosan Tea)
Cardamon Seeds (5 grams)
Cinnamon Sticks (2-3 sticks) or Cinnamon Ground 2 1/2 teaspoons (8 grams)
Ginger Powder (1 teaspoon)
1 Clove Ground

How to Make Chai Tea:
Please note there are many ways to make Chai Tea and this is one which I prefer. Listed below are other tips and variations you can try.
Step 1: Using a coffee/spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind up spices.
Step 2: Add tea to spice mixture. Fill tea pot or coffee plunger with boiling water and add spice mixture. Use 3/4 cup boiling water and 4 teaspoons of tea/spice mixture per serve. Let stand 3-4 minutes. Heat milk using stove top, microwave or even better use a coffee machine so you can produce frothy milk. This gives a cafe style chai tea latte. Add heated milk and sweeten to taste.

Tips and Hints for making Chai Tea:
If you don't have a grinder, you can use a mortar and pestle, however you should grind the ingredients separately to avoid mix becoming too fine.
This recipe is unsweetened so you can add sugar to suit your taste.
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Granny Sue said...
My favorite is orange spice tea. I used to make a blend of raspberry leaves, orange peel and rose hips that was fruity and delicious.
Thank you, sounds wanderful!

3 comments:

Earth Mama said...

I really like a chai latte, but very few cafes around here can do it well. Although I have found one. This is a great recipe http://www.chailatterecipes.com/

earthmama said...

Thank you earth mama! I also love a good chai. I will be trying this very soon!

Jesse

Granny Sue said...

My favorite is orange spice tea. I used to make a blend of raspberry leaves, orange peel and rose hips that was fruity and delicious. I haven't made it in a long time, but you've reminded me of it.

My husband likes peppermint teas in the evening.