Sexy Hot Christmas Tea + Fireside Spice + Naughty or Anise + Cocoa Mocha Holiday Tea Recipes

‘Teas the season for warming up by an open fire, spending precious time with friends & loved ones, and, of course, drinking tea! This year, we have taken four of our holiday favorites and added just a little something extra to each to help kick off the holiday festivities.

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Have you ever thought, “Wow this tea smells delicious, I wish I could put it in everything!”? We have. We love brewing up double strength teas and using it to flavor everything from smoothies to frosting. But some things just can’t take the extra liquid.

That’s when we got creative.

We turned our tea into spices so we could add delicious tea flavoring to just about anything. Yep. Just like that. How, you ask? Very cleverly- if we do say so ourselves.

Got some loose leaf tea? Excellent. Now how about a pepper mill? Yes. A pepper mill. It doesn’t have to be one of those fancy restaurant mills, even those little pepper filled plastic grinders will work. Now just empty out that mill and rinse it out (we have no need for that pepper flavor) and fill it with your desired tea.

Now grind up that tea. Boom. Tea spices. Just like that! Tea spices are perfect for adding tea flavoring to your favorite cookie or muffin or anything recipe. So simple.

Happy Baking!

Need your caffeine? Don’t worry, this will be quick and you’ll have your cup of tea in no time! Grab your favorite black tea blend and lets get started.

Turn up the Heat – Black tea requires a higher steeping temperature than white and green teas so heat your water up to a toasty 195°F.

Scoop up Some Energy – Measure out 1.5 tsp for your 8oz. of tea and get ready to infuse!

Patience, My Friend – Let your black tea steep for 3-5 min. Keep your eyes open, you’re almost there!

Ding! – We’ll spare you from reliving the trauma that was your alarm waking you up this morning and quietly let you know that your tea is ready to serve. Now go out there and take on the day!

Green tea has loads of health benefits, and is slimming, nonetheless. Brew your Fruity Pebbles (or the green blend or your choice) right for the very best flavor.

Just like we’re picky about the ingredients that go into our blends, green tea is picky about the way it is brewed, so here’s a quick how-to:

Some Like it Hot – Green tea? Not so much. These blends are best brewed at about 180o F. What? You can’t tell water’s temperature just by looking at it? Toss an ice cube into your boiling water to bring that temperature down and brew your tea right.

Need a Babysitter? – Probably not, but green tea likes attention. It brews quickly, just 1-3 minutes. Give it too much attention however, aka letting it brew past 3 minutes, and it gets bitter. Treat green tea like an angsty teen, keep an eye out, but don’t be a helicopter parent.

Take Home the Trophy – Hey, look at that! You’ve made Green tea! Enjoy it, and reap the rewards of a job well done.

One cup just wasn’t enough? Lucky for you, loose leaf tea blends can produce more than one cup of tea! Unlike the bagged varieties, whole leaves hold more flavor and nutrients, allowing you to re-steep your tea for another round.

Each type of tea produces a different result, and it’s best to re-steep these three blends:

Need some sugar? Not with white teas! They become sweeter with each re-steep.

Go Green! Green tea’s complexity is enhanced when re-steeped, how eco-friendly of it.

Ooh tasty! Oolong teas reveal more flavor with every steep.

Not only does re-steeping tea give you more bang for your buck, it also brings out more flavors and nutrients, which means your tea tastes better and is better for you. So don’t let those tasty antioxidants go to waste. Brew up another cup!

To ensure that you preserve the taste and health benefits of loose leaf tea, make sure you store them properly. Here are a few ways to store your favorite loose leaf tea:

A high quality container: The best container for loose leaf tea is made of metal, ceramic, or wood and air-tight. (Like our award-winning Tiesta Tea tins!)

Avoid heat and direct sunlight. Heat sources (e.g. near the stove) and sunlight will increase the temperature inside the container, which in turns cause moisture issues.

Don’t store loose leaf tea in the refrigerator. The change in temperature can cause moisture to seep into your tea container. You wouldn’t want soggy tea leaves, would you?

Is it hot out there? Cool down on those humid summer days with tea flavored ice pops – a healthy throwback to your childhood, and a tasty way to beat the heat.They’re as easy to make as one, two, freeze!

Dealer’s Choice – Make your ice pops your way with your favorite tea blend. Choose one with fruity notes to relive your younger summers.

Double Shot – Brew tea for ice pops like you would ice tea – with twice the amount of tea leaves for a stronger flavor. Heat up your water and brew enough servings to fill your desired ice pop molds.

Swee-tea – Want more of a dessert flavor? Add a little honey or agave to sweeten, or lemon juice for a citrusy burst. Otherwise, let the tea take center stage and prepare for frozen goodness.

Freeze! – Well this is pretty self explanatory… just uh… put those ice molds in your freezer, or your neighbors freezer, whichever you prefer. If it is the latter though, we recommend you share.


There’s no doubt a cup of loose leaf tea is amazing all by itself. But some days when you’re feeling a little creative/zaney/spicy, you just gotta play around with your tea! Here are a couple fun ways to change things up:

Mix multiple teas together
Two teas can be double the fun when you try them together. Brew your teas in the same cup for a funky new flavor!

Coconut Oil
Mix in a tablespoon of coconut oil to your hot tea. Coconut oil is great for your metabolism, AND it gives the tea a smooth texture that feels great on the throat.

Tea Latte
Transform your tea into a creamy, sweet treat by adding a splash of almond milk and a dash of sugar or a packet of stevia!

Tea is there for you, it wants to help you out even after you’ve brewed it. How nice of Tea. Have some used loose leaf tea filters laying around? Put them to good use with these five household tips!

Ready to get off your feet? – Its been a long day. Give your feet a rest by soaking them in a tea soak. Steep a few old black tea filters in a bowl to a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes, then let it cool a bit and soak your feet to relax and make your feet smell all nice.

Didn’t pay attention at camp? – Poison Ivy can be frustrating. Hold a damp used tea filter on the infected area for relief from itching. Thanks, tea.

Have a green thumb? – Give your plants a nutritional boost by placing used tea filters on the bottom of your potted plant, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into the soil when watering.

Coming up roses – Need some help maintaining your roses? Sprinkle used tea around the base of your plant for use as a natural fertilizer.

Time to clean those floors? – Make that daunting task eco-friendly by soaking used tea filters in a bucket of water and using the mixture to naturally clean your hardwood floors.

Well there you have it, five ways to make your green tea (or black, or white) even greener!