Take a wander into the tea aisle at the grocery store and it's hard not to get overwhelmed. In addition to your basic black, green, and herbal teas, a wide array of options with added fruit and spices now crowd the shelves, many of which tout added health benefits. But some teas, especially specialty varieties, also carry a hefty price tag, not to mention an environmental impact if you drink a lot of it. Making your own tea at home mitigates both factors, and enables you to fully control the strength and flavor. Try some of these recipes to get started.
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Sage Herbal Tea
Just breathing in the aroma of this simple sage tea may help you feel more relaxed, but wait until you sip it. Steeping sage leaves in boiling water will give you a basic sage brew, but adding a bit of sugar and lemon levels up the flavor.
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You've probably ordered your fair share of matcha lattes at your favorite local coffee shop. But did you know that they're super easy to make at home? This recipe will guide you through the process, and by the end you'll be able to whip up a hot or iced matcha latte in 10 minutes flat.
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Hong Kong Iced Tea
Use either sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk for this decadent, full-bodied milk tea that originates in Hong Kong. The strength of the tea will depend on how long you brew your black tea leaves, so let it go longer for a more assertive flavor or for less time if you prefer a milder brew.
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Thai Iced Tea
Lots of Thai iced teas get their flavor from a prepared syrup or powder, but this one uses real spices and high-quality black tea to give it that authentic flavor. Making it at home is both easier and more affordable than buying it by the glass, and you can adjust the taste by tweaking your spice blend.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Masala Chai Tea
Masala Chai, or mixed-spice tea, originates in India and uses a blend of spices, black tea leaves, and milk to give it a warming, comforting flavor. Adjust the spice levels to fit your personal preference once you've mastered this simple recipe.
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Orange Mint Tea
Sweet and slightly sour orange juice balances out the mentholated zing of fresh mint leaves in this refreshing homemade iced tea. It makes a great way to use up extra mint and celebrate summer in a glass. Garnish your glass with a sprig of mint, for pretty presentation.
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This might surprise you, but turmeric tastes delicious, especially in this simple and vibrantly colored turmeric tea. You may balk at putting oil in tea, but it gives this beverage a lovely aroma.
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Lemon-Ginger Green Tea
With its light, slightly grassy flavor, green tea makes a wonderfully relaxing beverage. Mixing in a lemon-ginger simple syrup gives it additional zest and citrus notes that tastes great either hot or iced.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Cucumber Mint Green Tea
Give your green tea extra taste by adding cucumber and mint to the mix. Japanese green tea works well with the added fruit and herbs, since it already has fresh, cooling properties that gets enhanced by cucumber puree, lime juice, and lots of fresh mint.
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Roasted Corn Tea
Popular in Korean culture, this roasted corn tea is known as oksoosoo cha or oksusu cha in Korean. It makes a light, mild tea that tastes great with breakfast or brunch or as a refreshing tea-time beverage.
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Yuzu Citron Tea
Korean yuja cha, or yuza tea, is a traditional Korean tea made with citrus and honey, which has a lightly fruity flavor. Use either citron or yuzu or a mix of fruits for this homespun winter warmer.
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Roasted Barley Tea
Several Asian cultures enjoy this roasted barley tea, which lots of people drink throughout the day as a substitute for plain water. It's called bori cha or boricha in Korean, mugicha in Japan and dàmàichá or màichá in China. Whatever you call it, barley tea makes a simple, warming beverage.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Southern Fruit Tea
If you hail from the American South, you (or your grandmother) probably has strong feelings about iced tea. Here, we've got three types of fruit tea that will satisfy a crowd at your next backyard party, tailgate, or just to keep in your own fridge for awhile. Feel free to tweak to your own taste.