There is something about tea that just makes everything better. It is a versatile and healthy beverage that can be taken round the clock; during cold or hot weather. It is also an excellent choice when entertaining, for example, during a tea party.
Suppose you have no idea what tea to fix when entertaining and have the guests coming back for more. Not to worry, we have five relaxing and refreshing options for you.
This tea is made by combining hot milk, black tea, and aromatic spices is perfect as breakfast or evening tea. Masala tea is also known for boosting energy levels and overall mood.
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 5 tsp, granulated black tea
- 5 cups, dairy or non-dairy milk
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 Tbsp, whole cloves
- Cardamom pods (green)
- 1-inch fresh ginger, unpeeled but thinly sliced or grated
- 11/2 tsp black peppercorns
- Start by grinding the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns using a spice grinder or a pestle and mortar. Add them to a saucepan and give them a stir together with the cinnamon sticks and black tea.
- Add hot water and allow to simmer for about ten minutes.
- Using a sieve, strain the tea and then return it to the saucepan. Pour and whisk in your milk together with the sugar. Use low heat. When the tea’s edges are just beginning to bubble and everything is well heated, your tea is ready to serve.
The Hot Toddy
This is herbal tea but one that is spiked with a bit of bourbon. It helps with decongestion due to the effects of hot water and alcohol.
Yield: 10 servings
- 10 herbal tea bags (we recommend peppermint or chamomile)
- 10 tbsp of honey
- 10 lemon slices
- Special ingredient: 10 oz bourbon
- Brew the herbal tea of your choice.
- Proceed to add in the rest of the ingredients: bourbon, honey, and lemon slices.
- Combine all the ingredients by stirring well and enjoy the tea while it’s hot.
You can never go wrong with hibiscus tea to warm your guests up or refresh them on a hot afternoon.
Yield: 10 servings
- 4 cups fresh or dried hibiscus flowers
- Honey to sweeten- replaceable with jaggery or sugar
- 130 oz, water
- 6 tbsp fresh lime juice.
- Herbs like lemon grass, lemon zest or basil, optional
- If you choose to use fresh hibiscus flowers, first remove the green part attached to the stem. You may also remove the thread like tubes or keep them. Dried flowers do not require this step.
- Bring the flowers to a boil using a large saucepan. When the water begins to boil, put out the flame and cover. You may add the optional herbs here.
- Allow the tea to steep for about ten to fifteen minutes. Do not steep for very long to avoid bitterness.
- Add in the lime juice and honey and combine thoroughly. Using a fine sieve, strain the tea into a different jar.
- This tea may be served warm or you can chill it before serving.
Ginger and Mint Iced Tea
Cool mint together with the zing of ginger makes this tea so refreshing and excellent for your health.
Yield: 4- 6 servings
- 6 mint tea bags
- 3 tbsp, syrup (simple)
- 1-inch ginger, peeled and crushed or grated
- 64 oz. water
- A bunch of mint leaves, crushed
- Start by steeping the ginger and mint tea in boiling water. Give an allowance of about ten minutes.
- Strain the mixture to get rid of the solids into a separate container or jar. Now add the syrup and mint leaves.
- Allow for the mixture to cool and then serve over ice.
Earl Grey Tea
This black tea with bergamot flavor has a light citrus taste for a balanced taste.
Yield: 10 servings
- 5 tbsp, loose Earl Grey tea
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 8-10 cups, milk
- Bring the water to a boil using an electric kettle or a saucepan.
- Put the tea in a teapot and add the hot water. Cover the teapot and leave the tea to steep for about ten minutes. Do not steep for too long.
- Now, strain into a different container. You can now add milk and sugar or sugar and lemon but never the three. Lemon makes milk curdle.
The right cup of tea is highly beneficial and with our recommended tea recipes above, you won’t have to put too much thought into what healthy beverage(s) to offer your guests. I also wrote a post that shows the best way to prepare the spare room for guests.