Black Tea Recipes

Assorted black tea leaves on tea spoons

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Black and green teas comprise the majority of the tea consumed around the world. Due to its bold flavor and its suitability for pairing with Western foods, black tea is the most popular type of tea in Europe and North America. Explore black tea recipes covering some of the wide range of types of black tea and ways to use it in hot and cold drinks, including cocktails and mocktails.

Health Benefits of Black Tea

Black tea contains antioxidants (although fewer than green tea). To release them most effectively, the tea needs to be brewed at a temperature near boiling (194 F) because of oxidation. Adding milk (particularly whole milk) can also block the antioxidant effects.

While the National Cancer Institute doesn't recommend drinking tea to reduce cancer, some studies have researched its effectiveness. A 2013 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that black tea reduced the risk of prostate cancer. The International Journal of Oncology is also studying the tea and its potential to guard against ovarian cancer.

Black tea also delivers a good dose of caffeine. An 8-ounce serving can contain 14 to 70 milligrams. Even decaffeinated tea has up to 12 milligrams of caffeine.

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    Black Tea Vodka Recipe

    Many bartenders are crafting tea cocktails, and this infused vodka can be used with simple syrup to make complex cocktails. One use may be in a black tea vodka milkshake. Not to say that vodka is good for you, but black tea vodka is slightly better for you than the regular stuff. Learn how to make black tea vodka.

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    Black Tea Hot Toddy Recipe

    Black tea hot toddy

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    Perhaps the world's most famous tea cocktail, the hot toddy is a great way to soothe the symptoms of a cough or to warm up a winter's evening. While other variations use apple cider, tea is also common. The alcohol used can be brandy, rum, or whiskey. While there's no medical evidence you'll get over a cold faster, it is a pleasant placebo.

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    Thai Tea Recipe

    Thai Iced Tea

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    Black tea meets spices and coconut milk in this creamy Thai drink recipe. Intrigued? You might also like a Thai iced tea recipe. These are non-alcoholic recipes that can please anyone.

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    Hong Kong Milk Tea Recipe

    Hong Kong Milk Tea

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    Also known as "pantyhose milk tea" or "silk stockings tea," this drink is wildly popular in Hong Kong, yet it is rarely seen anywhere else in the world. Learn to make it in your kitchen with this easy recipe. It is made with condensed milk.

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    Masala Chai Recipe

    Learn to make masala chai with your own spices and black tea. You'll be able to control the ingredients and then maybe you can experiment with your own chai blends.

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    Tea Simple Syrup Recipe

    This versatile tea-flavored simple syrup recipe is great for making Earl Grey syrup, but you can also use it to make all your favorite black teas (and other teas, for that matter) into flavored syrups. Once you have the syrup on hand, you can make tea-flavored sodas and milk steamers, drizzle fruits with natural tea flavor and more.

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  1. Geybels MS,Verhage BAJ, et al.Dietary Flavonoid Intake, Black Tea Consumption, and Risk of Overall and Advanced Stage Prostate Cancer. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;177(12):1388-98. doi:10.1093/aje/kws419

  2. Pan H, Wang F, Rankin GO, Rojanasakul Y, Tu Y, Chen YC. Inhibitory effect of black tea pigments, theaflavin‑3/3'-gallate against cisplatin-resistant ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis and G1 cell cycle arrestInt J Oncol. 2017;51(5):1508-1520.  doi:10.3892/ijo.2017.4145