The holidays are a joyful time of year filled with tasty treats featuring warm spices and seasonal fruits. It's also the perfect time of year to cozy up by a wood fire with a mug of sweet or spiced tea. If you're looking for some limited edition flavors or seasonal taste to brew in your teacup, you've come to the right place. We're getting in the spirit of the holidays with this countdown of the 24 best Christmas teas. Spread some holiday cheer this year and grab some tea gifts for friends or treat yourself to a tasty holiday-inspired flavor.
Apple spice tea is a vibrant holiday tea featuring sweet and tangy flavors with spiced undertones. The tart and crisp flavor is perfect for warming up in the cool fall months and the flavors invoke visions of warm fires amid falling snowflakes. This tea blend features cranberry pieces, rosehip petals, cloves, cinnamon, elderberry, apples, and hibiscus petals. Pair it with a slice of apple pie and sip your way to bliss while enjoying a great book.
Cinnamon offers a woody fragrance and a delightful warming sensation that makes it perfect as a Christmas tea. The tea has notes of honey, fruity, and nutty flavors and is the perfect complement to other seasonal teas. You can add a stick of cinnamon to your favorite cup of lemon or ginger tea or brew it on its own for a spiced experience.
Peppermint is a classic holiday favorite. It's the symbol of the season as candy canes and peppermint sticks adorn garlands and feast spreads. Peppermint tea is naturally a popular Christmas tea thanks to its tingling sensation and invigorating flavor. The menthol in peppermint offers a refreshing taste and the aroma adds a touch of holiday spirit to the atmosphere.
You might not immediately think of green tea as a holiday tea, but a particular Japanese variety known as Genmaicha green tea is a surprisingly delightful option during the holiday season. This tea blends green tea leaves with roasted rice kernels that add full body and toasted flavor. It's a great late afternoon option if you need a little boost of energy to get through wrapping presents, but don't want to deal with the jitters of coffee.
Masala chai is an Indian tea that blends cloves, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and cinnamon into a spiced tea. The beverage has a spiced aroma that envelopes your senses and the flavors play on your taste buds and leave a lingering taste that is savory yet sweet. Drink it like the locals in India by adding a splash of buffalo milk or use your favorite dairy or nut milk instead.
Earl Grey Tea puts a spin on traditional black tea by adding in bergamot orange rinds. The result is a tangy flavor that amplifies the bold and rich taste of classic black tea leaves. Pair it with a slice of lemon and milk and settle into a cozy chair to watch the snow fall outside the window. This tea is a great choice for early mornings since it has higher caffeine content than other options on this list.
Made from slightly burnt sugar, caramel offers a sugary sweet flavor that is perfect for treating yourself during the holidays. The tea brews into a milky brown hue and has hints of vanilla, honey, and sugar. If you're looking to satisfy a sweet tooth this holiday season, reach for a cup of caramel tea and savor the sweetness. Pair it with gingerbread or a slice of pumpkin pie.
Butterfly pea flower tea is a color-changing tea that changes hues when the pH level is altered. When the flower petals are infused in hot water, the tea turns a rich blue color. When a dash of lemon juice is added, the tea changes to vibrant purple color. You can also brew it with hibiscus petals and the tea will turn a fiery red. It's the perfect addition to holiday-themed cocktails and mocktails and adds a beautiful angle to any drink presentation. It also has a wonderful floral flavor with mildly tart notes.
Lavender tea offers a lightly sweet and floral flavor along with an out-of-this-world aroma that inspires visions of relaxation. The tea is the perfect option for a bedtime tea and can also help you unwind after spending hours in the kitchen cooking up Christmas treats. Brew up this calming tea and enjoy quiet mornings by the fire or cuddle up with the family and get warm after heading out to find the perfect Christmas tree.
No holiday treat list is complete without mentioning pumpkin spice tea. While the blend doesn't actually contain any pumpkin, it does have a variety of tasty spices that are perfect for warming up during the cold winter months. Brew it up as a latte for a creamy and indulgent flavor or keep it simple and let the spices consume your senses as the infuse in hot water.
Celebrate a white Christmas with delicious white teas that offer delicate, floral flavors. White tea is the most minimally processed of the white teas and offers a nuanced flavor that will be loved by expert tea drinkers. The finest white teas are made with delicate leaves and buds of the tea plant and make for a tasty holiday tea. The tea can be blended with other flavors to take things up a notch or enjoyed as a simple pleasure by itself.
Hibiscus tea offers an uplifting option for people who want a holiday tea that is as tasty as it is stunning. Hibiscus tea offers a flavor similar to cranberries and is highlighted by sweet and tart notes. It brews into a gorgeous magenta hue that makes it ideal for serving as iced tea. Celebrate the vibrant colors of the season and take a moment for sweetness with hibiscus tea.
Oolong tea is a true tea made using tea leaves that are partially oxidized. The tea offers a middle ground between green tea and black tea flavors. It has a bold flavor profile with nutty and earthy notes that are hearty and warming. The tea can also have floral and sweet notes if it is a lightly oxidized oolong. Jasmine oolong tea is a particularly good holiday choice as it has notes of mango, strawberry, and peach for fruitier flavor.
Vanilla is another sweet smelling and tasty holiday flavor that adds a festive note to the holiday season. The woody, smoky flavor is naturally suited to the holiday season and pairs perfectly with a cozy blanket and a warm fire. It's the perfect flavor choice for people who like vanilla lattes or want a touch of sweet flavor and pungent aroma in their tea.
Blood oranges are a popular addition to baked treats and desserts during the holiday season. The blood red hue makes a delightful garnish for holiday cocktails and hot teas. Our blood orange black tea combines the bold flavor of black tea leaves with blackberry leaves, orange pieces, blood orange oil, and safflower petals. It makes for a fabulously fruity and bold tea that is perfect for savoring calm, quiet holiday mornings.
Nothing signifies the holiday season quite like cranberries. The vibrant red berries beginning popping up in grocery stores in early fall and are a staple at the Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. The berries can also be brewed into a tasty tea that has sour and tart flavors. The flavor is the result of a high concentration of tannins that add antioxidant powers to the tea. It's a great choice for people who want to boost immunity during the holiday season and enjoy a festive red tea.
Ginger is packed with health benefits and is a great digestive tea. It can help soothe symptoms of bloating and indigestion that can arise after eating a hearty holiday meal. The tea also boasts a spicy flavor that is invigorating and tingling. Pair it with a dash of honey and a few slices of lemon to deepen the flavor profile.
Lapsang Souchong is a unique black tea that is perfectly suited for the holiday season. The black tea leaves are roasted over an open pine fire and boast a woodsy fragrance that is just like a campfire. It's toasted, pungent, and bold making it the ideal black tea for people who like strong flavors. The pine scent and flavor are like bringing your festive Christmas tree to life in the best way possible.
Chamomile tea is made from the petals of the chamomile plant. It's a calming tea that features a delicious flavor that is similar to a crisp green apple. The tea directly impacts GABA receptors in the brain to help induce relaxation. It's the ideal tea for unwinding after a busy party or fighting the holiday crowds while searching for the perfect gifts.
Winter spice tea takes the flavors of the season and blends them into a holiday tea that is warm and soothing. The tea typically consists of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and chamomile blossoms. The result is a tea that boasts hints of apples, and warming spices that can help you heat up during the cold months. Some blends also include other floral and citrusy notes like hibiscus, lemongrass, and anise. Others include almonds, oranges, and sweet honey for a tasty treat that is suited for all flavor preferences.
Licorice root has a strong flavor that can be an acquired taste. It blends well with anise, oranges, and cinnamon to balance out the flavor. For the holidays, it's the perfect way to sweeten up a morning or satisfy a sweet tooth without chowing down on candy canes and sugary holiday cookies. While it has sweet undertones, it also boasts strong, astringent notes. Think of the flavor as more like black licorice rather than red licorice.
Earl Grey cream tea is an indulgent tea that features notes of bergamot orange, vanilla, and bold black tea flavors. The vanilla and orange are the perfect holiday notes and the black tea offers a caffeine boost that can help you get through days of festive parties and holiday shopping. This memorable tea offers a healthy way to enjoy the texture and flavor of a latte without the added sugar and heavy creams.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant, which emerge in the fall as the seasons begin to change. Rosehips offer a tangy flavor with floral undertones, making it a delightful tea for celebrating the holidays. The rosehips contain large amounts of vitamin C so drinking this tea can help keep you healthy all season long as the temperatures begin to plummet.
The bright red and orange berries are also a great garnish or can be used to make a decorative garland for the holiday tree. It also pairs well with appetizers like pomegranate brie cheese and fig jam.
If you prefer peppery, warm flavors during the holidays, try ginger turmeric tea. The herbal tea features a spicy blend of ginger and turmeric, two spices that are beloved in culinary treats. The mildly sweet tea is caffeine free so you can enjoy it all day long without destroying your sleep patterns. Spice things up this holiday season or enjoy a touch of spicy notes all year round with the rich flavors of this tea.
Celebrate the holiday season with delicious holiday teas featuring notes of vanilla, mint, and cinnamon. There are dozens of tea types that offer flavors for every taste. For the highest quality flavor, stick to loose leaf teas instead of tea bags.
Incorporate these teas into your afternoon tea spread or serve them up at your next family tea party. Brew them in a teapot with orange peels and a touch of sweetener to take the flavor up a notch. These teas are also great gifts for people who love tea or have teas on their wish list for Santa this year. However you like your tea, you're sure to enjoy brewing these tasty Christmas teas in your favorite teacup.