Winter Tea Break

Winter Tea Break

It’s already January which means middle of the winter, cold days, long nights… and a new year! For some it might mean a fresh start, but I don’t believe in this. Although, I do believe in making a retrospection of last year’s goals and events and finding out where you stand and what you have to build on with this year’s new goals. For this year, one of my goals is to build a hyggelig lifestyle. One of the principles of hygge is to have a hot drink by your side. As I already love tea, I figured I want to try some new homemade winter tea combinations. This being said, I came up with five Winter Tea mixes to try out this winter.

First, gather the ingredients for these recipes: one orange, one apple, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, ginger root, nutmeg, a pinch of pepper, pure Ceylon black tea and five bottles, jars or anything you want to store the tea in; just make sure it can be closed tightly to keep the tea fresh.

ingredients

Next, peel the orange, slice the apple and the ginger root.

sliced fruits

Now, preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and bake the apple slices, ginger slices and orange for 30-40 minutes/ Check it out from time to time to make sure that the fruits are not burnt. Afterwards, cut them in bite-sized pieces.

baked fruit slices

While the fruits are baking, take the cinnamon sticks and break them in small pieces. Put them in a container, aside, as you’ll need it in most of these recipes. Finally, we can start making the tea mixes.

cinnamon crushed cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Tea

For this tea mix you’ll need about 1 teaspoon apple bits, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon Ceylon black tea. Add these ingredients in a bowl and mix them together. Next, pour the tea mix in one of the bottles/jars etc.

cinnamon apple tea - prep cinnamon apple tea - done

 

Ginger Orange Tea

In a bowl add 1 teaspoon of orange, 1/2 teaspoon ginger and 1 tablespoon Ceylon black tea. Mix them together and pour the tea in your container.

ginger orange tea - prep

 

Spiced Apple Tea

This tea is a more flavorful and spicy version of the Apple Cinnamon tea. In a bowl mix together a few cloves (4-5), 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon Ceylon black tea, 1 teaspoon apple bits, a few bits of ginger and1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. As usual pour the mix in a container.

spiced apple tea - prep spiced apple tea - done

 

Spiced Orange Tea

Once again, this Spiced Orange Tea is a more flavorful and spicy version of the Orange Ginger tea. Mix together 1 teaspoon orange, a few bits of ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a few cloves (4-5), and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Now pour your mix in a container.

spiced orange tea - prep spiced orange tea - done

 

Masala Chai Tea

Finally, these winter mixes wouldn’t be complete without a masala chai tea. For this last recipe, mix together 1 tablespoon of Ceylon black tea, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of pepper, a few cardamom pods (4-5), opened, a few ginger bits, a few cloves (4-5) and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Pour your mix in your container and you’re done!

chai masala - prep chai masala - done

 

As I figured out, all these recipes are perfect for a cosy winter night. If you’re not really into drinking tea, you can give them as a gif. If so, add a label and some string to every container.

tea collection

I hope you enjoyed these tea mixes and if you try them feel free to share them with me on Instagram and Twitter.

Have an amazing and cosy week,

Maria

 

 

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