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5 Amazing Tea Recipes

Updated on November 24, 2012

In the world where Starbucks dominates the beverage market and coffee is basically a trend, one has to pause in her caffeine fuelled rush and ask herself: when was the last time I had a cup of tea?

Tea is different. It doesn't dare you to go 38 hours without sleep in order to cram for an exam or drive all night to the Canadian border. It's not dangerous or chancy, and maybe you wouldn't drink it from a Darth Vader mug. But on a rainy day, in a lousy mood, tea is simply there for you.

So, for a moment, stop thinking in terms of "What can tea do for me" and ask yourself, "What can I do with tea?". And you know what? The answer may surprise you.

Did you know that there are more than twenty thousand ways to make tea? Did you know that some of them involve butter and salt? Did you just think that sounds totally gross? Perhaps. That's why in this article we will explore the fruitier versions of tea making, no less exotic for their lack of buttery fluids.

Tea With Cherry and Vanilla

You will need: Fresh cherries and cherry leaves - Normal sugar and vanilla sugar - Tea leaves (usually black).

  1. Take clean cherries, pierce them with a fork in several places and sprinkle generously with sugar, adding half a teaspoon of vanilla sugar if you wish.
  2. Put them in the fridge until the cherries start dripping juice.
  3. Throw the tea leaves into the teapot, add some cherry leaves, pour hot water inside and leave like that for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Pour the tea into the cups and add 2-3 teaspoons of sweetened cherry and cherry juice. You can replace fresh cherries with frozen (or dried) ones. Dry cherry should be put into the teapot along with the tea leaves.

If you're a lover of cherry, you will appreciate it's delectable aroma in your tea. Watch out for the pits though!

Tea With Melon

You will need: Black or green tea leaves - Freshly sliced melon - Water

  1. Take black or green tea leaves and put them in a teapot.
  2. Add a few slices of melon with skin.
  3. Pour hot water over the mix and steep for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour your tea into the cups and decorate with slim melon slices.

Note that in this article, Tsp stands for Teaspoon, while Tbsp stands for Tablespoon.
Note that in this article, Tsp stands for Teaspoon, while Tbsp stands for Tablespoon.

Russian Blueberry Tea

You will need: Strong tea - 150 ml Blueberry juice - 30 ml Honey - 1 tsp Dried blueberries (rely on your preferences).

This recipe is really simple and will take only a little of your time. You can do it in 3 steps:

  1. Take strong hot tea and mix it with blueberry juice.
  2. Put dried blueberries inside while brewing and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Add a teaspoon of honey if you like and that's it! Your tea is ready to be served.

Orange Mint Tea

You will need: Black or green tea - Oranges - Fresh mint - Sugar - Water

  1. Take black or green tea leaves and put them in a teapot.
  2. Add orange peel sliced into smaller pieces and 10-15 mint leaves.
  3. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the tea into the cups and add small slices of fresh orange and sugar.
  5. Decorate with fresh mint leaves.

Blackberry Mint Ice Tea

You will need: 1 tsp Black tea leaves - 2 tbsp Fresh mint leaves - 5-6 tbsp Blackberry - 3-4 tbsp of Sugar - 0.5 liters Water

  1. Boil the water and pour over the tea and mint leaves. Steep for 10 mins.
  2. Press blackberries through the sieve (you might want to mesh them in a blender first).
  3. Using the sieve, separate the tea from the leaves, then add meshed blackberries and sugar (with sugar, rely on your taste).
  4. Mix the stuff.
  5. Take a nice glass and put some ice in it so it's half full.
  6. Pour the tea into the glass and decorate with mint leaves and fresh blackberries.

Done!

So here we are

If you didn't know before, now you know: tea is awesome. Cool it for the summer, or take it hot in winter--either way, it will be delicious. Use fresh berries and fruit to make it even more refined (not to mention healthy) and you will be a different person. Because, as I mentioned before, tea is awesome.

Enjoy!

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      Great tea ideas! I love 'em all! I'll try to make some. Thank you, Alisa. Great job for your first hub! :) Voted up and useful;)

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      rhondakate 4 years ago from California

      Lovely recipes. I've had blueberry tea, which was very tasty, and have also enjoyed tea steeped in lime slices.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Welcome to hubpages, Alisa! You did an amazing first hub. I LOVE tea. I was just thinking yesterday that I will do my next hub on tea:-) Im inspired. The recepies are so unique and sound yummy. Great job, voted up and interesting.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Welcome to HP. I love tea and drink it several times a day. But I prefer black tea without any aroma. I should try some of your recipes.

      P.S. I looked on your profile and have a good news for you. Not all here on HP are "full time moms". Some are working dads :-)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Welcome to HP- nice clean hub on my favorite beverage. Beautifully written and designed with soem nice tea recipes. Well done!

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Thank you, guys! Glad my recipes helped.

      I have many more in my stash, so when I have a little time to sort through them, I'll try to write another article on the subject.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Welcome to Hubpages! This is a good start for your writing career here. I love teas but have not tried these with fresh fruits. I´ll try these recipes sometime. Well done. Voted up and useful.

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot, Thelma. Hope you enjoy your next tea trial!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      mmmmm... I am really liking the thought of the melon tea... Especially on a cold miserable Midwestern U.S. kind of day like today.

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      Tyler Bracken 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      The orange mint tea sounds amazing! I will have to try this!

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Tell me what you think later!

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      jessiekupchick@gmail.com 4 years ago from Ohio

      Tea is so underrated (and lets not forget it goes lovely with scones)! Thanks for the recipes, I'll definitely have to try the Russian Blueberry this winter!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Delicious tea recipes! Personally I prefer spices to fruits in black tea, so often make my own chai blends. A strawberry version of your cherry recipe would be perfect for me in summer, made with green tea!

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Tea is definitely underrated. I'm glad you guys found something you want to try. Thanks for stopping by, tell me how it goes!

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      Kendi 4 years ago from Slovenia

      I love your recipes! Must try all of them, thanks a lot :)

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot, Klavdija. ))

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      Dear commenters and followers!

      I am moving my account to http://hubpages.com/@dulceysabrosa

      You can follow me there if you enjoyed my hubs.

      Thanks a lot for your support!

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