When cold weather arrives, I drink a lot more tea. I do drink tea when it’s warmer outside, too, but I gravitate more toward hot drinks when the temperatures dip below 55.
Some teas are nicer when it’s warm out. I like light, fruity tea in the spring and summer. But when the leaves turn and I consider pulling on my long underwear, I like richer teas with warmer flavors.
This Lemon Ginger tea by Stash has an almost spicy warmth to it. The ginger causes a slight burn in the back of the throat. I like this one especially when I’m starting to feel a little under the weather, but it’s nice any time I want something that’s not too heavy but plenty warm. It is really good with some honey in it.
The Meijer Gold Red Tea is darker and richer. It doesn’t have a heavy taste at all, but still feels almost like it’s coating my tummy with a nice warm blanket.
Thanksgiving and Christmas make me think about cranberries, and this year I really discovered how much I really love cranberries. This Trader Joe’s tea combines cranberries with green tea.
“Candy Cane Lane” from Celestial Seasonings pairs green tea with peppermint. I didn’t think I’d like it. I’ve not been a huge fan of green tea over the years, and while I’ve come to appreciate it, I didn’t think I’d like it with peppermint. I was very wrong! This tea is great with a little bit of sugar. Perfect for drinking while watching Christmas specials on TV.
This cinnamon tea from Harney & Sons is the heaviest of the teas I’ve got today. It’s a loose leaf tea, and you actually have to be careful not to get too much in your tea ball, or the taste will be overwhelming. It’s a black tea with plenty of cinnamon. It’s so dark it almost looks like black coffee. Because this one is so rich and warm, it’s the one I choose on the coldest days, before the fire in the wood stove has heated up the house.
Do you have any favorite teas for fall and winter? Please share! I’m always looking for good, new flavors in my cup.