Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6 Tasty Brews for Wintry Weather

It is COLD outside!  Icicles hang from the eaves, the dog demands to nap indoors, the daffodils are covered in an icy coat, and I do my best to stay indoors where it is warm.  The only creatures that don't seem to mind the cold are the birds.  They flit from feeder to ground to tree branch without seeming to notice the frozen world around them.  I watch them from the window with a steaming cup of tea.

There are lots of great warming herbs and tea blends for winter weather.  Below are 6 of my favorites in no particular order:

1.  Lemon/Ginger/Honey- slice fresh lemons and ginger into a cup, add a teaspoon of honey, fill cup with boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes.  Great for when you sense a cold coming on, or just feel a bit icky.

2.  Cardamom Tea- My friends from Sri Lanka taught me this one.  Simply add a cardamom pod or a bit of cardamom powder to your cup when brewing black tea.  Sri Lankans almost always serve tea with milk and sugar, though I use soy milk and honey in mine.  Slightly spicy and delicious.

3.  Peppermint tea- simple as placing a spoonful of dried peppermint in your infuser.  I add honey to mine.  I also like a mix of peppermint and spearmint.

4.  Chai- recipes abound, but I love the Yogi Chai Black tea bags .

5.  Peace Tea- A Mountain Rose Herbs blend that I enjoy greatly, especially when we are all cooped up indoors together and peace is in short supply.  Soothes my frazzled mama nerves!

6.  Lemon Verbena- Summer in a teacup!  If you've read my blog for any length of time you know I love anything lemon.   Lemon Verbena is the best of the best of lemony herbs.  If you don't have a plant overwintering on the windowsill (which I highly recommend); then purchase dried lemon verbena from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Delicious on its own or blended with other lemony herbs.  My year round go to tea for when I need a boost. 


What is your favorite winter tea?

Blessings,

Catherine Ann

2 comments:

  1. Mine is organic vanilla chai rooibus. I have to special order it as they don't sell it up here.
    Your teas sound delicious. I love waking up in the morning and making a pot of very hot tea. Something to look forward to.

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    1. A pot of tea first thing in the morning is delightful!

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