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Black tea is great but sometimes it’s fun to spice it up a little! This spiced tea is a special brew of citrus, apple and aromatic spices for a warming welcome on a cool winters day.
Ancient spiced tea recipes originating from South Asia and the Middle East have an ingenious way of incorporating medicinal benefits while simultaneously serving up deliciousness. This recipe is an adaptation of a Middle Eastern citrus twist spiced tea topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Spices add a wonderful flavor and have many healing properties. The best way to make use of their benefits is to add them to foods or beverages.
Black Tea is a very special herb and is used generously in these eastern countries. South Asian and Middle Eastern countries have been drinking tea for thousands of years. It is very common for them to add spices to black tea for their healing properties.
Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine native to India, and part of the Indian Philosophy dating back to 700 BCE. It includes the use of of herbal blends in beverages and cooking with the addition of spice combinations.
Plant-based treatments in Ayurveda are derived from roots, leaves, fruits, bark or seeds such as cardamom and cinnamon.
Popular Spices in Spiced Tea
The most common herbal blends used include turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, mint, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne. These spices are known to enhance digestion and metabolism, cleanse the body and prevent digestive disorders.
It is important to remember that spices need heat to bring out their best qualities and flavors. I think even just inhaling the aroma of this simmering brew got my digestive juices flowing. If nothing else, it made the house smell so good!
Part of the benefit of spices is in their aromatic compounds. That is one of the reasons it is recommended you buy the spice seed, and not the ground powder, whenever possible. Grind the spice seed at home with a mortar and pestle or you can grind them in a coffee bean grinder. Either way, the fresher the spice, the greater the benefit.
So not only do the spices add a wonderful flavor they are beneficial as well. Double score!
I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor and aroma of this spiced tea. I’ve only made it hot and it is absolutely delicious! But I’m guessing it would also be excellent served over ice.
However, in India, Ayurveda principles advice against drinking cold beverages. The rational is that it is bad for the digestion. They may be right, but we are so used to drinking cold beverages here in the US.
For me personally, I don’t ice my water but I do drink it cold. I always drink my tea hot every morning all year around. That’s a must. And during the warmer months, I replace my afternoon hot tea with iced tea.
If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are depressed it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you.” – William Gladstone
Brew up this awesome citrus twist spiced tea topped with whipped cream and share with a friend. They will love it and love you for sharing.
Be sure to use a good quality specialty tea for the best flavor possible.
Spiced Tea with Citrus Twist
Awesome citrus twist spiced tea with whipped cream. Ancient spiced tea recipe incorporates medicinal benefits and deliciousness.
- 4 cups water
- 5 tsp loose black tea (I use English Breakfast)
- 1 apple
- 2 oranges
- ⅓ cup pure cane sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 allspice seeds
- 12 coriander seeds
- 4 whole cloves
- ½ cup cream
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon for topping
- Bring water to boil.
- Add tea.
- Steep 5 - 10 mins.
- Remove tea leaves.
- Peel apple, core and dice finely.
- Grind allspice seeds and coriander seeds.
- Juice 2 oranges.
- In a saucepan add all the spices, sugar, juice and apples to the brewed tea.
- Stir well.
- Bring to a boil and immediately turn down heat and simmer for 10 mins.
- Whip cream in a separate bowl, set aside.
- Pour tea through a strainer and pour into cups.
- Spoon whipped cream onto tea.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Serve and enjoy!
Vitamin A - 5% Vitamin C - 59% Calcium - 7% Iron - 4%
I like to add a little whipped cream to the tea first and incorporate, then add more to the top, sprinkled with cinnamon.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 12 mg
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 20 g
Protein 1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Medicinal Goodness of Spiced Tea
Oranges – A good source of Thiamin, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant.
Black tea – Tea is high in polyphenols, a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants have proven health benefits to cardiovascular health. I recommend using a English Breakfast tea for this recipe.
Black tea contains an amino acid called l-theanine, which is unique to tea and has some very interesting effects on the brain. L-theanine increases alpha brain waves inducing a calm and deeply relaxed state. Combined with the caffeine, which is about half the amount found in coffee, the overall effect is a focused calm.
Apples –Excellent source of dietary fiber and Vitamin C. Apples are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Coriander seeds – A good source of Vitamin C, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese. Coriander seeds are said to help the assimilation of other spices. And have anti-inflammatory properties.
Clove – Often used for upset stomach. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Calcium and Iron, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Magnesium and Manganese.
Whipping cream – A 1/8 cup of whipped cream has 10 milligrams of calcium. Heavy whipping cream has small amounts of phosphorous, potassium, folate and vitamin A.
Cinnamon – Contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants. Some studies show that the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory activity.
Allspice – A good source of Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Calcium and Manganese.
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