Tea is chock-full of ingredients that do our body good, and with so many varieties out there, you’re guaranteed to find a tea to sip for every need. Upset tummy? There’s ginger for that. Want to show your immune system some love? Hey, turmeric. Looking for an antioxidant boost? Brew up some hibiscus. (You get the picture.)
But that doesn’t mean you need to sip mug after mug to reap those benefits. With a little creativity, you can transform your average cup of tea into a luxurious latte, summertime drink, or even a snack. Put these fun recipes from Alvita to the test:
1. Easy Golden Milk
This warm and slightly spicy drink is comforting and soothing. Wondering what’s up with the black pepper? It helps your body get the most benefit from that immune and digestion-supporting golden turmeric!
In a small saucepan, heat almond milk until hot, but not boiling (about three to five minutes). Add teabags and let steep for five to eight minutes. Remove teabags and add ginger powder, black pepper and collagen powder. Stir until combined. Pour into mugs, add honey if wanted, and enjoy!
2. Hibiscus Fruit Roll-Ups
Who knew? Try mixing your favorite fruits with tea to make this kid-friendly recipe.
1 cup water
2 teabags Alvita hibiscus tea
1 cup sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
1 cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Boil water in a small saucepan and let tea bags steep for five minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add sugar to the saucepan. Let sit until about half the liquid has evaporated. In a blender, puree peaches and strawberries. Add pureed fruit and lemon juice to the saucepan and cook until mixture thickens (about 20 to 30 minutes). Spread mixture onto a baking sheet (lined with either a splat mat or wax paper) in a very thin layer. Bake for three to four hours—or until the mixture is no longer sticky to the touch. Let cool for 20 minutes. Place fruit leather on fresh wax paper and cut into long strips. Roll up to eat immediately or store in the refrigerator.
3. Spiced Iced Tea
This is not your average iced tea. The perfect combination of citrus and spice, the recipe is both soothing and refreshing.
6 cups water
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 teabags Alvita ginger root tea
2 teabags Alvita turmeric root tea
1 cup orange juice
1 whole orange, thinly sliced
1 whole lemon, halved
In a medium saucepan, combine water, cloves and cinnamon stick, and bring to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat and add all four teabags. Steep for seven minutes. Pour orange juice into a large pitcher and add orange slices and juice from the lemon. Strain tea into pitcher, and chill until cold. Serve over ice.