All the leaves have fallen and the snow begins to dust the ground as the holidays draw nearer. Instead of reaching for a cup of hot chocolate or a mocha, grab a cup of tea and discover new holiday flavors. We dreamt up this list of delicious holiday-inspired tastes from peppermint to caramel to ring in the season right. Cozy up this holiday season by brewing these Christmas flavors in a piping hot mug of tea.
Peppermint is a holiday favorite that's found in everything from candy canes and frosting to fruitcake and Oreos. The tea offers a refreshing flavor and tingling sensation that awakens the senses and provides an uplifting feel. The tea is a delicious way to enjoy the sweet flavor of treats this year without wrecking your diet.
Sugar cookie tea takes the flavor of traditional Christmas cookies and brews it into a warming drink that is sweet and luxurious. The tea is typically made with vanilla, orange peel, milk thistle, and barley for a full-bodied feel and sweet flavor. Pair it with your favorite holiday cookie recipes like snickerdoodles or Christmas desserts for an indulgent affair.
Cranberries are a holiday staple and adorn everything from Christmas feasts to beautifully decorated trees and tables. The berries offer a sweet and tart flavor that is similar to hibiscus. It brews into a stunning red hue that is a beautiful addition to any holiday party. You can even mix it with spirits to create festive cocktails.
Caramel tea is made by infusing black tea leaves with caramel flavoring. You can also add a splash of caramel syrup to any of your favorite black, oolong, or pu-erh teas for a more natural tea blend. For a burst of flavor, opt for a salted caramel tea and pair it with a touch of brown sugar for a sweet and savory treat.
Apple spice tea offers a crisp, tart blend of flavor that evokes visions of sugar plums, snowmen, and farm-to-table orchards glistening with holiday lights. The tea includes a mix of elderberry, rosehips, cranberries, hibiscus, cloves, and cinnamon. Just like fresh apple cider, this tea goes well with cinnamon donuts and cupcakes.
Creme brulee tea takes the flavors of the tasty dessert and turns it into a warming drink that feels like an indulgent treat. Made with ingredients like vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs this tea satisfies a sweet tooth and is a delightful way to warm up during the holidays. The tea also contains caffeine since its typically blended with black tea leaves so it can give you the energy you need to power through an afternoon of Christmas shopping or tree decorating.
During the holidays, colors like green, red, gold, and silver reign supreme. Raspberry tea is a delightful way to enjoy the colors of the season while savoring sweet and tart flavors. The tea also brews into a stunning iced tea if it's hot and mild where you live during the Christmas season.
Masala chai is made from five staple spices — cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves — and black tea leaves. Take the drink up a notch this holiday season by adding hazelnut, allspice, and nutmeg to the mix. The spices create a warming sensation that's perfect for frigid mornings and it pairs well with holiday treats like peanut butter pretzels and gingerbread men.
In addition to tasty holiday-inspired teas, you can pair a warm mug with delicious treats like gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pie, eggnog ice cream, white chocolate chip bark, and pecan tarts. You can even take spiced teas and lattes to the next level by adding a splash of caramel or some toasted marshmallows. Leave Santa a piping hot mug of tea and a tray of cookies this year and patiently await the arrival of gifts under the Christmas tree with loved ones on Christmas morning.
With these festive flavors, you're sure to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. From savory notes like caramel and spices to sweet hints of apple, raspberry, and peppermint, you're sure to find Christmas flavors that will delight you in your next cup of tea.