As the season changes and temperatures drop, we start turning to cold weather favorites like coffee and hot tea for comfort and a boost. We all love variety, but some flavored teas come across tasting chemically and disappointing. The good news is: you can flavor your own tea (or coffee) at home!
Essential Oils Save the Day
To get the warm, robust flavors without mystery flavor additives, you can elevate your favorite leaves with essential oil. It’s as easy as 1-2-3
- Choose your favorite essential oils & blend them in a spray bottle
- Lightly spritz oils over your favorite tea leaves and let dry
- Make yourself a flavorful cup of tea!
Let’s get into a little more detail with an example using one of fall’s most popular flavors.
Your Own Pumpkin Spice Tea
That’s right, you can blend your very own pumpkin spice tea right at home. Want flavored coffee? This method works too! Just apply the steps below to whole bean or freshly ground coffee. (Eat your heart out, coffee chains!)
Get a small, clean spray bottle, about 1oz. Glass bottles work best when working with essential oils. Fill it most of the way with distilled water. Add to it:
- 1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil (or cassia essential oil)
- 1 drop clove
- 1 drop ginger
(Like strong spice flavor? Double your drops! Don’t use more than 4 drops each, though, as that may cause more irritation than flavor.)
Close the bottle and shake it well.
Choose your favorite loose leaf tea. English breakfast, irish breakfast, and oolong all work well. You might even try rooibos if you want a caffeine-free brew. Lighter teas like green and white won’t work as well, as the strong flavors in the spicy essential oils will overwhelm the tea flavor.
Spread it out on a clean surface in a single layer. You could use glass, waxed paper, or parchment. For extra pumpkin spice authenticity, you could sprinkle a little nutmeg (shaved or powdered) and allspice over your leaves. Use a light touch, adding no more than a teaspoon per container of tea, or you may end up with an unpleasant film of powdered spice in your cuppa!
Lightly spritz your tea leaves and stir well, adding a spritz or two to any areas that look like they may not have gotten covered. Don’t soak your leaves! Just a light misty coat will do. Spread it back out into a single layer when you’re done and then let dry for at least 30 minutes. After that, spoon or pour your tea into an airtight container. You can use it right away, but for the best flavor, let the tea rest in the container for at least 24 hours.
When you’re ready for a good cuppa, measure out your tea as you normally would and brew! (The general rule is 1 teaspoon per cup, and if using a teapot, add one extra.)
P.S. Keep your spray bottle after your done. You can spray around the home to make everything smell warm and inviting or save it for another batch. Shake well before each use and be careful around children and pets, as getting spice in your eyes wouldn’t be any fun!