Autumn is one of the best seasons of the year. The weather begins to cool down and trees slowly start awakening into a vibrant display of yellow, red, and orange. Sweater weather and harvest season also bring some of the best flavors on the planet to culinary dishes and delicious drinks. If you're looking for fall-inspired teas, you've come to the right place. With this list of the best fall flavors, you can brew autumn teas or use autumn influences to take your favorite staple teas to the next level.
No fall flavors list is complete without the ever-controversial pumpkin spice. Whether you proudly call yourself basic and relish Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes or just love the spices in the fall blend, pumpkin spice is a great choice for fall tea brewing.
You might be surprised to find out pumpkin spice flavor doesn't actually contain any pumpkin. The spice blend derives its name from its popular use in baking pumpkin pie. This spice blend typically consists of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and ground cinnamon. Some blends also include allspice or nuts like pecans, acorns, and walnuts. The spice offers a warming aroma and sweet flavor that is perfect for warming up by the fire as the leaves begin to fall and temperatures start to plummet.
Nothing says fall quite like apple pie and apple cider. Apples are a staple of the season and can be found in everything from baked goods to caramel-covered creations. From heading to a farm to pick fresh apples to incorporating the fall flavor into your drink, this ingredient is just what you need for a tasty fall tea.
Apple teas offer a slightly sweet and tart note that pairs perfectly with a dash of cinnamon sugar. Look for an apple-based tea or add a dollop of apple puree to your next latte for a sweet and bold flavor this fall.
While there aren't any strictly maple teas, maple syrup can be added to any of your favorite tea recipes to add a touch of fall flavor. Maple syrup offers a touch of sweetness and can help liven up classic black tea or oolong tea. If you're lucky enough to live in places where maples grow — like New England or Canada — tap one of your trees for fresh maple syrup and a fun fall activity.
Chai is similar to pumpkin spice, but it contains five main staple ingredients: cloves, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper. Other spices you can use are allspice and star anise. Chai itself is the word for tea in India, where this tea was first created. The spices are blended with black tea leaves and a touch of milk for a creamy and spicy beverage that is perfect for cool mornings. You can make chai tea from scratch using ground spices or make things easy by choosing a loose leaf tea blend like our Indian Chai Spiced Chai Black Tea.
Gingerbread obviously can't be brewed into a tea, but it can be paired with some of your favorite flavors or added in other ways. Gingerbread creamer is a popular fall flavor that adds a touch of sweet and savory notes to tea. You can also enjoy your favorite cup of black tea or herbal tea with a crispy gingerbread cracker. Just dip the gingerbread into the tea and enjoy as the fall flavors hit your taste buds.
Cinnamon is one of the best ingredients to add to tea when you want a touch of sweet flavor without the added sugar. Cinnamon is a warming spice that emits a delicious aroma and pairs perfectly with all types of tea. Brew up your favorite cup of tea and add a cinnamon stick and a touch of brown sugar. This spice beverage is the perfect complement to grilled veggies like sweet potatoes and baked squash.
Pomegranates are delightful fall fruits that can taste anywhere from sour and sweet to sharp and fruity. Add them to your favorite iced tea to add a tart and sweet flavor. Pomegranates are also great garnishes for fruity herbal teas like hibiscus and rosehip tea.
Cranberries are the star of holiday table décor and they're sure to satisfy a sweet tooth when whipped into a puree or cranberry sauce. Cranberries have a tangy and fruit flavor that is mildly sweet. It pairs perfectly with kiwi and strawberry iced tea or as a delicious boba tea topping.
Fall is all about enjoying sweet and savory flavors and your favorite comfort foods. As the weather cools down, ice cream is replaced with warm and sweet treats like donuts, cheesecake, caramel apples, butternut squash, and seasonal waffles. Fall favorites like pumpkin flavor, apple cinnamon, and butternut squash start to dominate fall recipes.
Pair your fall tea with a streusel, muffin, bagel and cream cheese, or another sweet for a tasty treat that'll help you stay warm. Add these tasty flavors to your fall menu and watch the leaves turn vibrant colors as you warm up by an indoor fire. You'll find everything from gluten-free and vegan options to weeknight staples.