The Tea Detective
Uncovering and Exploring the Facts About Tea
Hot Tea Hits The Spot
Nothing quite hits the spot like a cup of hot tea.  It relaxes and invigorates the
body, while soothing the soul.  Whether it's a regular morning cup of tea, a mid-
morning or afternoon break, or an evening solace and wind-down cup, tea sat-
isfies like nothing else can.
And on those days when
you come home bone cold
and body weary, nothing warms, relaxes
and revitalizes you like a cup of hot tea.  
Except maybe a cup of hot tea with herbs
and spices, like a piping hot cup of chai tea,
or a little added fruit juice or even a touch of
liquor.

Now that's what I'm talking about, warming
you up from the inside out, rather than the
outside in.

If you've visited our
health benefits pages,
you know the why and how tea works to
soothe an upset stomach, relax a tired
body, or crank you back up when your
Favorite Hot Tea Drinks Recipes
Nothing says home better than the smell of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  
Unfortunately we tend to use them the most just around the holidays.  And that's too bad.  Here
is one special recipe of mine that's a lot like
"Wassail", or what is called "Gluwein" in
Germany.  It's simply called "Spicy Winter
Warm-up Tea".  

With healthy
black tea, and plenty of Vitamin
C and antioxidants it's the perfect beverage
to help ward off the winter blahs, and keep
away those nasty
cold and flu viruses.  It's
also great to serve at winter parties and get-
togethers, or a nice warm-up after ice-skat-
ing or sledding.
Chai Tea - Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice
          One of the most popular teas right now is chai tea.  This classic India tea is a strong
          mixture of tea, and spices, with hot milk, and has spread like wildfire the world over.  The
          preferred tea for making chai is
Nilgiri, but any good, quality black tea will do.  Of course
          every coffee and tea shop has their own take on what
chai tea should taste like.  Here is
          a basic chai recipe if you'd like to experiment with this spicy concoction on your own.  

          Chai Tea    (Makes 3 - 4 servings)

          Ingredients
          Any quality black tea (6 teaspoons)
          4 cups cold water  
          8 cloves
          1/4 tsp ground cardamom
          1/2 tsp ground ginger
          8 ounces milk or half-and-half
          Honey or sugar to taste

          1.  Bring water to a rolling boil
          2.  Add tea and steep for 5 to 7 minutes, then strain into a saucepan.
          3.  Add cloves, cardamom, and ginger, and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
          4.  Add milk or half-and-half, and heat through.  Do not boil.
          5.  Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.  

          If you'd rather not mess with making your own chai tea, you can find a nice assortment
          of both loose leaf or tea bag blends at                       .  Their loose leaf offerings include
          Masala and Mayan Chocolate Truffle Chai, Organic Kashmiri and Masala Chai, Bombay
          Chai, and CoCo Rooibos Chai, and in their handy biodegradable tea pouches, Bombay  
          Chai.  Click on the Mighty Leaf link above to check them out.
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Spicy Winter Warm-up Tea

Ingredients
Quality black tea (5 tea bags or 5 tea-
spoons loose-leaf tea)
4 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 cups cranberry juice   
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp cloves

          1.  Bring water, orange juice and cranberry juice to a boil.
          2.  Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
          3.  Remove from heat and add tea bags or loose leaf tea.
          4.  Cover and steep for 10 minutes.  Remove tea bags, or strain if using loose leaf tea
               without an infuser.
          5.  Serve piping hot.  (Can also be served over ice as a cold tea drink)
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energy meter is on low.  Here are some of my favorite tea recipes shared over the years by
family, friends and co-workers.  
Enjoy.