There’s something about chilly winter days that makes a hot cup of tea taste even better. It warms up your whole body from the inside out. If you’re ready for spring but still craving cozy, these teas are for you.
Good Tea Starts with Good Practices
Tea lovers will tell you that making the perfect cup of tea is about more than just putting a tea bag into a cup of hot water. Here are some tips to get it right:
- Use freshly boiled water: If you’re using a tea kettle, don’t re-boil water that was left sitting in the kettle. Tea is best with freshly poured, clean, filtered water. It has more oxygen and makes the tea taste less flat. And don’t microwave the water, either. When you boil it on the stove, you can get the right temperature and the best flavor.
- Check the steeping instructions: Most people say four to five minutes is the right amount of time to steep (the length of time a tea bag soaks in the water). However, this can vary depending on the type of tea, so it’s best to always check the instructions.
- Stir: You can let the bag sit for a bit longer if you want, but some say stirring the tea bag around a bit as it steeps boosts the flavor.
- Remove the tea bag after brewing: Don’t leave the tea bag in your mug as you drink, as it can affect the flavor.
All teas aren’t created equal, and some are just a little cozier than others. Here are a few that should get you through the rest of the winter.
Pukka Organic Elderberry and Echinacea
Pukka tea is made of high-quality organic herbs, and you can definitely taste the difference. The company also works hard to be sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint.
While all of Pukka’s teas are great, the Elderberry and Echinacea is perfect for winter. The flowery taste is really comforting in addition to being sweet and light. Elderberry can also help improve your immune system and keep you healthy through the end of flu season.
Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief
Yogi Tea tastes delicious and it’s everywhere, so you should be able to find it at your local grocery store. The Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea is the perfect way to end a busy day.
It’s warming, comforting, and meant to soothe and relax you. The calming ingredients include lavender, chamomile, passion flower, and lemon balm, so, it’s naturally sweet.
Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice
I’ve tried a lot of teas, and Harney and Sons is one of my top three favorite brands. These teas have so much flavor—everything I’ve tried has been so naturally sweet, you really don’t need to add anything.
Hot Cinnamon Spice is one of the company’s most popular flavors, and it’s exactly what you need to warm up during the winter. Made with a blend of black teas, three kinds of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves, this caffeinated tea is a great way to start your morning.
The Republic of Tea Chocolate Chai
Who needs hot chocolate when you can have chocolate tea? This delicious Chocolate Chai from The Republic of Tea is the perfect alternative. Made with organic cocoa, and carob and chai spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, it’s zesty, comforting, and delicious.
Add some milk and honey, and you’ve basically got yourself a chai hot chocolate.
David’s Tea Sunny C
Another of my personal favorites, the loose-leaf teas from David’s Tea are so incredibly fresh and flavorful, it’s hard to pick just one blend. Sunny C isn’t quite as warming as some of the others on this list, but it will give you an invigorating boost.
Plus, it might help boost your immune system. The oranges and carrots provide plenty of vitamin C, while the hibiscus and lemon offer some citrusy sweetness to start your day off right.
Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
Celestial Seasonings’ teas are delicious, affordable, and super-accessible. You can also get basically every flavor imaginable. Sleepytime is one of the brand’s classics. Made of a blend of chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, and rosebuds, this tea is incredibly soothing and the perfect calming treat before bed (hence, the name).
Tazo Vanilla Caramel Chai
You can forget going out and buying a chai latte when you have some Tazo Tea Vanilla Caramel Chai. Sweet, rich, and perfect for a chilly winter morning, this stuff will quickly become your favorite.
Made of chai spices, a dose of sweet caramel, and bold black tea, it’s a little sweet and a little spicy, which is the perfect combination.
Lipton Terrific Turmeric
Lipton is, obviously, a major name in the tea world. But they don’t just make the black tea you’re probably familiar with. The Terrific Turmeric is mixed with ginger and orange for a spicy, sweet, citrusy flavor you can enjoy any time of day.
Some of the benefits of turmeric include aiding digestion and fighting inflammation.
Tea Forte Hanami Petite Presentation Box
Tea Forté is another of my favorite brands. It makes unique teas that taste so, so good. The Hanami, a green tea made with cherry blossoms, is one of Tea Forté’s best.
It’s sweet, light, and delicious. The fresh flavor will lift you up on even the dreariest day. The presentation is beautiful, as well.