A cup of warm tea on a cold winter’s day can’t be beat. Although it’s just as easy to steep a ready-made teabag in a pot of boiling water, homemade tea recipes are available all over the internet with a variety of ingredients and flavours, caffeinated and decaffeinated. Once, while visiting at a friend’s cottage, she ran out of herbal teas and we simply sliced some ginger into a teapot and steeped it — the aroma of the sliced ginger was a treat to our senses and had a nice settling effect on our tummies as our after dinner drink of choice.
A wonderful and ‘in’ ingredient to add to teas is turmeric. Turmeric not only has a beautiful yellow-golden colour but it has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. A small amount adds colour and health qualities to your teas and meals. Here is one informative article about turmeric, its uses and nutritional values – Getting to Know Turmeric
I found three turmeric teas on the internet to share with you. I did a taste comparison with two other friends who were more than obliging to join me for a ‘cuppa’.
The first tea is Almond Milk Chai. This tea is closer to an Indian spiced tea, full of warm spices, sweet and creamy. Along with 2 cups of almond milk (you could choose coconut milk or other dairy-free milk), I simmered 6 cracked cardamom pods, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 star anise, 6 peppercorns, a cinnamon stick and a tablespoon of honey. You can add more or less honey, according to your tastes. After it was strained into my teacup, I sprinkled on a little cinnamon, as suggested, which paired nicely with the infused cinnamon stick.
I loved this tea; it had a touch of heat from the peppercorns and my friends enjoyed it too, although one did not like the heat from the peppercorns. Omit them if they aren’t for you either.
The next turmeric tea was Coconut Ginger Tea with Lime, Honey, and Turmeric. Along with a 1/4 cup of finely grated unsweetened coconut, I added 3 teaspoons of grated ginger and steeped it for 30 minutes. Then added 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice and a teaspoon of turmeric-honey paste, which is easily made by adding 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric into 2 tablespoons of honey.
Because I used fresh ginger, the flavour was more pungent with a background of coconut. Lime was a nice change from lemon, in the tea, and the coconut-lime-gingery flavour reminded me of southern sunny weather. A nice tea enjoyed by all.
Meyer lemons are included in this last tea, Meyer Lemon and Ginger Infusion with Turmeric and Cayenne. Meyer lemons are a cross between an orange and a mandarin orange, and not as tart as a regular lemon but use whatever you have at home. Boiling water is poured over 4 slices of Meyer lemon, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 2 cloves, 2 teaspoons honey and an 1/8 teaspoon turmeric and allowed to infuse for 30 minutes. It was then reheated and strained and served with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
Cayenne pepper gave it a bite, like the peppercorns in the first tea. This was the clearest infusion, very gingery which I loved. All of us decided that this would serve well as a sore throat remedy (and my friend took it home to give to her daughter who had a cold).
Please try these teas and tell me your favourite(s). Or recommend another and share it in the comments. Happy tasting and keep warm!