TEA INFUSED CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Looking for some Christmassy inspiration to elevate your usual festive meals? Here’s a compilation of some of our favorite recipes to get your par-tea started!
Tea-infused berries with TeaTaze’s Black Tea
TeaTaze Black tea features finest hand-picked Ceylon black tea leaves – a rich, dark blend of strong tea. Combining tea with berries is possibly one of the best combinations when it comes to making tea-inspired recipes since they can be paired with just about anything. Anything berry comes in handy especially when the festive season brings with it unexpected visitors and a house full of family members. Whether you want an accompaniment for your Christmas breakfast, an indulgent topping for a festive dessert or to add some oomph to your comfort food for chilly December, this is sure to become a firm favorite.
2 cups berries of choice (Blueberries and Raspberries work well)
2 cups fresh brewed tea (Our TeaTaze Black tea or TeaTaze Wildberries for extra berry flavor)
2 teaspoons honey
Begin by brewing the tea in hot water in a jug or teapot. Add your berries of choice into the tea. Add 2 teaspoons of your preferred sweetener (or to taste) and let dissolve. Cover the teapot and let steep for at least 8 hours. Once done, store in an air-tight jar and keep refrigerated, until ready to be served.
Serving suggestions – tea infused berries are ideal for a hearty Christmas breakfast as a topping on pancakes or waffles, or for decadent fruit parfait or cake topping.
Earl Grey tea infused spice cookies
175 g plain flour + extra
40g icing sugar
3 tsp TeaTaze Earl Grey tea
100 g butter melted
1 egg yolk medium
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground all spice
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 F / 190 C. Sift flour together with icing sugar in a bowl. Brew the Earl Grey tea strong. Strain the leaves and add the TeaTaze Earl Grey tea and the dry ingredients. Melt the butter and add it to the flour. Add the egg yolk and gently knead to form the dough. Using a scoop, shape the dough into discs (you may use your hands if you don’t have a scoop). Wrap the shaped discs and chill for about 20 minutes in the fridge. Flour a flat work surface, roll out the dough until about 5 mm/ 0.2 inch thick, and cut into Christmassy shapes of choice. Place the cookies on a sheet pan, leaving at least a 2-3 inch gap between each of them.
Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Leave them to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Decorating suggestions – Add sugar on top before baking, dust icing sugar once baked or use a colored glaze to match the cookie shapes.
TeaTaze’s Rockin Red Christmas Popsicles
Combining classic Christmas flavors such as berries, cinnamon and peppermint, Rockin’ Red is a floral, fruity and earthy blend of tea perfect for the festive season. Try this Christmas inspired recipe to revamp your everyday tea to something that fits the season.
06 – 08 Rockin’ Red individually wrapped tea bags
02 cups of water
02-03 tablespoons of cane sugar syrup or honey (or as per taste)
A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
A handful of berries (Optional)
Begin by brewing the tea. Remember, when frozen, the tea flavor tends to get dull, so brew it strongto bring out the best of it!
Once it has been brewed strong, stir in the cane sugar or honey, and add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste. Again, be bold with the flavors.
Pour the infusion into the Popsicle molds without the popsicle sticks. In the event you don’t own molds, plastic cups will do the trick. After an hour in the freezer push the popsicle sticks to the molds. Pop the molds back in the freezer and leave them in at least overnight
If you would like an extra punch, chop up some berries of choice and add them to the mixture for a super berry flavor.
Festive spiced tea with TeaTaze Earl Grey with Black Tea
Christmas comes with a lot of traditions and customs, loyally followed over centuries despite the changing times. Earl Grey is a classic flavor too that has been enjoyed for generations. Here’s a recipe to bring Christmas to your cup, staying loyal to the classics but also embracing Christmas flavors.
Peel of half an orange
1 tbsp TeaTaze loose-leaf Earl Grey tea
1 ½ inch cinnamon stick
½ whole nutmeg (crushed)
1 tsp honey
Cut the Orange peel into thin slices and combine together with the Tea Taze Earl Grey tea leaves, cloves and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix the crushed nutmeg and honey and add to the Tea mixture, and mix until all ingredients are well-incorporated. Spoon the mixture of tea into a cup or jug and pour over hot water and infuse for 2-3 minutes or as desired. Finally, strain the tea leaves and other spices to enjoy a Christmassy feel-good beverage.
TeaTaze Masala Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate
Here’s a recipe that adds a zing of Indian spices to the richness of a good old hot chocolate, perfect for anyone wanting to stay cozy during a winter night.
2 teaspoons Masala Chai
1 cup hot milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons honey
1 cinnamon stick (for garnishing, optional)
Whipping cream (for garnishing, optional)
Marshmallows (for garnishing, optional)
Begin by steeping the Masala Chai in the hot milk. Add the cocoa powder and honey and stir well until honey dissolves completely. Strain the tea leaves and pour into your mug.
Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, a handful of marshmallows and a dusting of cinnamon.