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Kick Your Holiday Tea Up a Notch

Here at Herbata… we love our liquids. Whether you’re making an amazing tea on Christmas morning, or heck, if you’re a little bit of a turn up family on Christmas Eve, check out these simple yet robust tea cocktails to serve up around the holidays.

We’ve got four wonderful and quick recipes to kick up your tea skills this holiday season. Whether Uncle Bob has a cough or your third cousin just got married and everyone is asking you where your significant other is (still wandering around somewhere on the set of The 100 probably) and if you’re still writing “bloggers” for that “bee buzz food” website, we’ve got just what you need.

Hot Cinnamon Spice

A simple holiday staple tea, bringing together some simple flavours to round out a smooth tea cocktail to warm up anyone's spirits over the holidays.

What you'll need:

  • Your favourite cinnamon spice style tea (12oz - 16oz)
  • Spiced Rum
  • Freshly Ground Cinnamon
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Rind

Start with making your perfect cup of cinnamon spice, getting your other ingredients ready while it’s steeping. Measure out 1oz of spiced rum. Once your tea is ready, pour the spiced rum in and give it a stir for 10-15 seconds. Next put in 4-5 drops of bitters, then sprinkle your ground cinnamon on top. Finally, place your orange rind in. Let your tea sit for about 60 seconds and enjoy. Flavours of fresh cinnamon will mix on your palette with cardamom and orange zest while a little bite of the spiced rum finishes it off.

Cranberry Pomegranate

Cranberry is a holiday tradition from cranberry sauce in turkey dinner or the sweet smell filling the air with fresh baking.This is an easy drinking one with a twist. I suggest this one cold, but you can have it hot as well!

What you’ll need:

  • Cranberry Pomegranate Tea (12oz - 16oz)
  • Vodka
  • Grapefruit Bitters

This is a beautifully simple one with some fun flavours. While you’re making your iced Cranberry Pomegranate tea, pour out 1oz of vodka and pour in once your tea is ready. Finish it off with 4-5 drops of grapefruit bitters and enjoy a wonderfully refreshing group of flavours this holiday season.

Classic Peppermint

Peppermint isn’t just a yearly staple, I always think more of it in the holiday seasons when we have things like candy canes and baking around. This one is sweet and easy; maybe even grandma will like it.

What you’ll need:

  • Peppermint Tea (12oz - 16oz)
  • Vanilla Schnapps
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Cinnamon Stick

While your water is boiling for your tea, take some fresh mint leaves and put them in your favourite loose leaf peppermint tea. Muddle the mint with the tea, which is going to give it an extra boost of flavour while it’s steeping. After it’s finished steeping, pour 1oz of vanilla schnapps into your mug to smooth out that peppermint taste. The best part… take your cinnamon stick and stir for 10-15 seconds and let sit in the mug after you’re finished to slowly let out a bit of spice for a little different taste each time you have a sip!

Nonna's Remedy (Or king of a Hot Toddy!)

Now, this is what my grandmother used to always say was the best cure for a cold (if you’re of legal drinking age, of course). It’s a super simple way to make a yummy drink for a cold night or my favourite non-official cold remedy.

What you’ll need:

  • Chamomile Tea (12oz - 16oz)
  • Whiskey (I prefer Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, or the standard JD or your favourite whiskey will do)
  • Honey
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Cinnamon Stick

After your tea has had time to steep, pour in 1oz of whiskey into your mug. Get your honey and lemon wedge ready. First, rim the outside of your mug with the lemon wedge. This is going to give you a slight tang with every sip and play on your lips a little bit, but not overpower any of the other flavours. Squeeze the lemon wedge in the tea, dropping the wedge in afterwards. Next, put in a tablespoon of honey and stir with your cinnamon stick for 10-15 seconds. Bring the lemon wedge out, leave your cinnamon stick in to stir the honey now and then if you’re a slow sipper like I am.

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