Home made tea recipes

As a passionate cook like me, you are sure to love whipping up your favorite meals or treats for your family and friends. Every cook has their own signature dish or speciality, whether it’s baking delicious batches of brownies, or sizzling a steak to perfection, but not many people know how to make tasty and fragrant herbal teas off the top of their heads.

Making tea may not require a lot of complicated cooking skills, but it does require knowing your spices and herbs well in order to brew up something brilliant. Not only do these beverages make a nice change from sipping on English Breakfast Tea while you play at FoxyBingo.com and watch TV, but they also make a great drink to offer at dinner parties or even afternoon teas. Below are a couple of interesting tea recipes you might be keen to try.

Chai tea

You will need:

2 cups of water

4 black tea bags

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cinnamon stick

5 whole cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 pinch ground nutmeg

2 cups milk

Directions:

In a saucepan, bring the water to boiling point before adding in the tea, honey and vanilla. Next, season the tea with the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. Allow the tea to simmer for 5 minutes before pouring in the milk to make the tea creamy. Remove from the heat and drain to get rid of any leaves. Serve hot and enjoy!

I love spiced chai with just the right amount of cinnamon. I make them myself.

Hot Cranberry tea

You will need:

4 cups of water

12 ounces of cranberries

2 cups white sugar

2 oranges, juiced

2 lemons, juiced

12 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

In a saucepan, mix together the water and the cranberries and bring it to the boil. After simmering for half an hour, add in the sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Leave the tea to simmer for another half and hour before straining. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

Homesteading idea: Honey-lemon-and-ginger tea

From the Homesteading/Survivalism Facebook page, here’s a remedy – a kind of “tea” – for that winter sore throat.

Winter sore throat tea, by Homesteading/Survivalism. Yum.

How to make:

In a jar, combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”. To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.

We may not have winter in my side of the planet but this tea sure looks (and tastes) great. You can never go wrong with honey and lemon. And with the ginger,  you can say bye-bye to your sore throat as soon as you finish a mug in one swig.  So to my friends out there in cold countries, this one’s for you.

I am a huge fan of the Homesteading/Survivalism site and I “liked” their Facebook Page so in order not to miss  regular ideas and inspirations they share for sustainable and self-sufficient living. I believe in living off the grid and off the fat of the land. I may sound dreamy and romanticize it a bit but I know it requires a lot of hard work and major adjustment in lifestyle and mindset. I like the idea of growing my own food, make my own stuff. Well, there is no better time to begin living like this but now.  We are slowly easing our way into this lifestyle.