National Hot Tea Month: Serving up a cuppa comfort!

By Megan Barber, Grocery and Wellness Buyer, Merchandising Manager, Co-op Owner


Iced or hot, tea is the most commonly drunk beverage (after water) in the entire world according to National Geographic! The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the world drinks about 6 billion cups of tea a day – that’s a lot of steeped leaves! January is National Hot Tea Month, and we’d love to help you celebrate in classic and unique ways!

We do offer numerous boxed and bagged teas from green to black to herbal blends. What makes our selection unique is that we also offer teas in our bulk section! These can be purchased in small or large amounts because they’re weighed out at the register. So if you’re not a committed tea drinker or just want to try something new, snag a couple of teaspoons of one of our varieties to try out! And if you need a little inspiration on some DIY tea recipes, check out these suggestions or browse online for unlimited options!

 

Soothing Cinnamon Tea

    • 1 Cup milk or alternative milk*
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
    • Honey or maple syrup to taste (Tip: Add sweetener once milk is warmed for quicker incorporation.)
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, optional

Stove top: warm the liquid over med-low heat, add dry ingredients and stir until incorporated and hot.

Microwave: combine all ingredients in a microwave safe mug and microwave on high for 1-1 ½ minutes. Stir and enjoy!
*Amounts are for one serving.

 

Spiced Green Tea

    • 1 cinnamon stick**
    • 2 green tea bags (or 3 tsp loose tea)
    • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root (or 1/2 tsp ginger juice)
    • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
    • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
    • 2 Cups boiling water
    • 2 Tbsp honey or syrup (to taste)

Combine ingredients in a heat-safe bowl and let steep, covered, 5-6 minutes (to taste). Strain the spices out and enjoy! Tip: Don’t add milk to teas containing citrus, as it will curdle and create an unpleasant texture.
**Amounts are for two servings.

 

Awakening Lemon

  • 1 tsp dried lemon balm*
  • 1 tsp dried lemon grass
  • sweetener of choice (to taste)

Combine dried ingredients in a tea ball or strainer and pour boiling water over. Let steep 6-10 minutes to taste, strain, and enjoy!
*Amounts are for one serving.

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