What springs to mind when you think of tea is a cup of black tea. It’s the most popular type you’ll find in western countries.
Black tea leaves are oxidized before they’re dried or heated, so it alters the flavor. Black tea, therefore, is more malty and fruity, which gives it a different flavor from green tea.
However, you might be wondering what kind of black teas you can make, and that’s where we come in to help.
1. Black Tea
We need to start this list with traditional black tea. Contrary to popular belief, black tea, when brewed, isn’t actually black.
It actually has a reddish-amber hue. Many people are fans of black tea, and it can also be brewed without milk, as that is an entirely different type of tea.
All you need to make it is water, black tea powder, and the optional sugar to sweeten it. Black tea is highly customizable, and you can adjust the recipe to try out different flavors by adding different sweeteners or spices.
2. Brown Sugar Milk Tea
If you enjoy bubble tea, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying it without the tapioca pearls in this recipe. All you need to do is brew a strong black tea and add some brown sugar, milk, and heavy cream.
Top it off with some more heavy cream, and you’ll be able to enjoy a refreshing drink. If you can’t drink dairy, you can replace the heavy cream and use almond milk instead.
You can even make a batch in advance, just put it in a jar, and you can put it in the fridge for up to three days.
3. Spiced Black Tea
Black tea is a great way to wake you up in the morning. However, if you want to spice up your drink, then you can do so with this recipe.
All you need to include with your water and black tea is cloves, black peppercorn, a cinnamon stick, green cardamoms, and a star anise.
Instead of using sugar as a sweetener, you can include lemon juice or honey. You can even enjoy it warm or cold, but it’s especially lovely in winter when the weather is at its coldest.
4. Japanese Royal Milk Tea
Not everyone can visit Japan to try their famous royal milk tea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it at home.
Many cafes in Japan serve royal milk tea, and it can be made best with three types of loose black tea leaves: Darjeeling, Assam, and Ceylon uva.
You can mix them, too, so long as you’re careful with how much you mix. This tea has a higher percentage of milk than regular tea, so it’s creamier than others.
All you need to make it are your black tea leaves, milk (oat milk can also be used), water, and gum syrup or honey.
5. Lemon And Honey Black Tea
When you’re unwell, the best things to have are lemon, honey, and black tea. With this recipe, you can combine these elements to create your new favorite comfort drink.
All you need is water, black tea, honey, lemon juice, and, if you want, a lemon slice for garnish. All you need to do is brew your black tea (see also: How To Treat Sunburn Using Black Tea)as you normally would.
Before you pour it into a cup, take the honey and lemon juice and mix them in first. Once done, you’ll find it has a light orange color to it.
6. Sweet Tea
Sweet tea is a staple in the south and a popular summer drink in the north. You can find it anywhere, regardless of where you go. But why should you buy it when you can easily make it at home?
You’ll need black tea bags, sugar, lemon juice, and baking soda to make it. Some say that it’s only for aesthetic reasons, but baking soda is essential to providing the essence of sweet tea.
Just pour it over ice, and you’ll have the most refreshing sweet tea you’ve ever had.
7. Thai Iced Tea
One of the most common drinks in a Thai restaurant is Thai iced tea. Many people don’t understand that Thai iced tea is really easy to make. Instead of going exclusively to restaurants to make it, you can make it with ease.
All you need to do is brew the tea, add the milk, stir it over ice, and you’ve got it. You can even make it with coconut milk to make it a little bit healthier for you and maintain its sweetness.
8. Saffron And Cardamom Black Tea
Tea is the most popular drink in India, so it’s essential to their daily life. Due to how many people drink it and how often, there are now many flavored options for them.
Naturally, you’ll need your black tea and water, however, you will need a mortar and pestle to crush up the cardamom, saffron, and sugar. Once it’s ready, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious tea; just remember that it’s best served hot.
9. Indian Chai Tea
We’ve already discussed how popular tea is in India, so we need to include this authentic chai tea recipe(see also: 15 Best Cardamom Recipes Tea To Try Today). Chai tea is incredibly popular, and you’ll find nothing like chai tea in restaurants.
The authentic recipe is rich, milky, steaming hot, and has a bold flavor that can overwhelm you without sweeteners.
The official name is Masala Chai, and to make it, you need water, milk, a lot of black tea, plenty of sugar, and some spices to suit your preference. Just remember to sweeten it generously, regardless of how many spoonfuls you put in.
10. Hong Kong Milk Tea
One of the best ways to wake up in the morning is with the help of caffeinated Hong Kong milk tea. This tea offers a significant kick to get through the day. It’s best served while it’s piping hot, and it’s both strong and fragrant.
To make it, you will need hot water, black tea leaves, evaporated milk, and some sweetened condensed milk.
You should also remember to have a fine-meshed strainer on hand, with some fine cheesecloth to be thorough. When it’s done, you’ll understand why this is a must-have in the morning.
11. Mango Tea
Mango iced tea is a perfect summer drink to refresh you even with the sun looming over you. This is a pretty easy iced tea to make, and it’s one that you can keep in the fridge when you need it.
To make it, you’ll need mangoes, black tea, lemon juice, sugar, and some mint sprigs if you prefer. Make sure you have a blender on hand too, as preparing the mango is the most challenging part of this recipe.
12. Vanilla Bean Loose Leaf Black Tea
Vanilla is a perfect blend of black tea(see also: Famous Types Of Black Tea And Blends). It’s a comfort drink that is perfect for curling up and read a book to. You just need some loose black tea, with Assam being recommended, and finely diced vanilla beans.
Once you’ve infused your black tea with your vanilla, you just need some water, milk, and honey. It’s a perfect drink for when you want to sit back and relax by a fire.
13. Raspberry Iced Tea
There’s nothing better than drinking raspberry iced tea while outside on a sunny day. If you love raspberries, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can quickly and easily make tea with them.
All you need is sugar and black tea to go with your raspberries. It doesn’t matter if you have fresh or frozen raspberries; the sugar is made to taste.
You can even include a sprig of mint or a wedge of lemon for garnish. Once it’s ready, you can sit back and relax in the sun.
14. Butter Tea
Butter tea is incredibly popular in Bhutan, with butter being a key ingredient in this recipe. While most of us wouldn’t have thought to put butter in our tea, in Bhutan, it’s perfect for a cold day.
One of the best ways to drink this is after you’ve finished dinner. To make this tea, you’ll need black tea, unsalted butter, pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt), and half-and-half.
However, you can add other types of cream and butter if you prefer.
15. Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Tea
Milk tea is incredibly popular, so it’s no surprise that there are so many variants. The method of making milk tea is the same each time, but it’s the flavoring that changes everything.
All you need is boiling water, black tea, milk, vanilla extract, honey, white sugar, or even brown sugar. Then add a dash of cinnamon for sprinkling, and you can enjoy a fresh take on milk tea, so now you can make it whenever you want.
Seeing how popular black tea is, it’s no surprise that so many recipes use it. Black tea is versatile, and it’s perfect for both hot and iced teas.
Feel free to try out these recipes, and come back for more if you feel inspired to try any of these out!
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