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Rosie Lee and Flavoured Tea Recipes

Updated on September 3, 2016
Japanese Tea Pot and Oranges
Japanese Tea Pot and Oranges | Source

Ringing the changes for a tea addict

My father was a self confessed tea addict. There was always a pot of tea on the go when I was a child, or, if one had just finished, any excuse would be used to make a fresh pot.

I have put together these recipes for alternative tea based drinks in memory of my father. I never did have the chance to offer them to him, but I have no doubt he would have entered into the spirit of things. He was always ready to try anything.

Oh, and for those who are mystified, Rosie Lee is cockney rhyming slang for tea.

Iced tea
Iced tea | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: a few hours or overnight

Serves: 4


  • 4 tea bags
  • 1/4 pint or 125 ml blackcurrant drink concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 pint or 275 ml non-alcoholic cider or lemonade
  • sliced lemon
  • ice cubes


  1. Put four teabags into a large jug of cold water and leave to soak. This prevents the tea becoming cloudy when it cools.
  2. Remove the teabags.
  3. Add the blackcurrant drink and lemon juice.
  4. Keep in the refrigerator until needed.
  5. Wash the lemons and slice thinly.
  6. At the last minute add either cider or lemonade.
  7. Add lemon slices and ice cubes.
Cast your vote for Blackcurrant chilled tea
Grating ginger
Grating ginger | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: several hours or overnight

Serves: 4

Apple and ginger tea

  • 2 tea bags
  • 1/2 pint/275 ml unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 pint/275 ml ginger beer
  • 1 teaspoon grated root ginger
  • I red apple
  • cucumber
  • mint
  • crushed ice cubes


  1. Leave 2 tea bags in 1/2 pint/275 ml cold water for several hours or overnight. This method prevents the tea from being cloudy.
  2. Remove the tea bags.
  3. Add apple juice, ginger beer, grated ginger.
  4. Slice the apple thinly and add, along with a few slices of cucumber.
  5. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint and crushed ice.

Apple shaped teapots!

Shaped teapots are of course collectors' item now and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I don't think I can resist apple shaped teapots, and I think they're perfect for serving an apple-flavoured tea. It would be a lovely idea to have an appropriately shaped teapot for each flavoured tea you serve, but I suspect that would reduce the value of a collector's piece,.

Orange splash!
Orange splash! | Source

Orange tea - or a hot toddy

Unlike the previous two recipes, this one is served hot. It is perfect for the winter or for an unexpectedly chilly evening.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20. minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 pint/ 550 ml freshly made tea
  • 4 heaped tablespoons marmalade
  • grated rind and juice on one orange
  • 1 orange thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tablespoon brandy (optional)


  1. Put the freshly made tea in a stainless steel or non-stick saucepan together with the marmalade, orange rind and juice, the slices of orange and the cloves.
  2. Simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  3. If required, the brandy can be added just before straining and serving in heatproof glasses or mugs. You could add another slice of orange as you serve.
  4. My father, I think, would have preferred Irish whiskey instead of brandy..

Tea for one

Sometimes you don't want to serve a whole pot of tea. You can buy some lovely sets that consist of a teapot with a matching and stacking cup and saucer, which make just enough tea for one person.

Night tea
Night tea | Source

Mint tea

A refreshing tea, and good for the digestion.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: a few hours or overnight

Serves: 4


  • 2 tea bags
  • 1/2 pint/275 ml cold water
  • 10 -15 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 1/4 pint/ 125ml boiling water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • sugar to taste
  • orange and/or lemon slices
  • a few extra mint leaves for garnish


  1. Leave 2 tea bags in 1/2 pint/275 ml cold water for several hours or overnight. As before, this prevents the tea from being cloudy.
  2. Pour a small amount (1/4 pint) water over the mint leaves and allow to soak for about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and discard mint leaves.
  4. Allow to cool (or add an ice cube) and add to tea.
  5. Add juices of orange or lemon.
  6. Add sugar to taste. This will depend on the sweetness of the fruit and on your own preferences.
  7. Serve with fresh mint leaves and/or orange and lemon slices

Tea or coffee?

It seems to me the world is divided into tea drinkers or coffee drinkers. Even those who drink both seem to have a preference. Which side of the fence are you?

Which do you prefer?

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What's your favourite tea?

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      It depends on my mood. at this moment I'm having a cup of Lady Grey.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I love green tea, and sometimes black. This is a yummy lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Wulong, or Oolong, as it is sometimes written, is one of them. I also like strong black tea in the morning.

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      Good lens on a variety of teas.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love tea too! My favorite is blueberry/green tea or hot orange spiced tea in the winter. Being from Texas, I also enjoy sweet tea often. Thanks for a great lens on a great subject . . .sounds like your dad was a lot of fun :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What an awesome lens! I love tea... I really particularly like a simple green tea, or a yerba mate.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I really like your tea accessories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love tea. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I'm not a huge tea drinker, but I do like raspberry flavored tea. You have some interesting looking recipes included here. I may just have to try one of them.

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      MaryThereseBenn 5 years ago

      Earl Gray

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      My sister is an Anglophile, and she adores Typhoo tea. We have tea every day as well, although coffee definitely passes our lips as well.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

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      seemarahate 5 years ago

      Very interesting to see the reactions :)

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      What_to_Know 5 years ago

      I just love that tea set

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      perso 5 years ago

      My favorite is chamomile tea (harvested directly from our garden)

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      CarmellaMaeDunkin 5 years ago

      Myfavorite tea is my home grown Chocolate Mint tea, so yummy!!!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great tea recipes you got here, thanks for sharing. Love tea myself

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      I'm a big Chai fan, myself--and of course being the daughter of hillbilly parents, the good ole fashioned sassafras! Hmm, I can smell it simmering now...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always like to find out about new kinds of tea. Thanks!

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      jessicahoward 5 years ago

      different type of tea for the tea lovers and even apple and ginger tea, orange tea it is fantastic to know the process of making it ......

      i will surely try this out......and serve guests

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Green tea, PG Tips, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, and Earl Gray are my favorites right now. :)

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I love tea, but pretty much just green tea. I am, however, looking to expand my horizons. The apple and ginger tea looks tasty.