For fans of herbal teas, then you should definitely learn how to make your own chamomile tea at home.
This tea is revered for its wealth of benefits, and is particularly known for its calming properties, and by using our amazing homemade chamomile tea recipe (which is known as manzanilla tea), you too will be able to enjoy chamomile tea in a variety of ways.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a warming and calming brew, or an ice-cold, refreshing tea, this guide will provide you with all of the information you need to successfully make this tea for yourself at home.
We’ll also provide you with some of the best flavors you can add to your tea to really help your chamomile tea unique, or you can simply enjoy it by itself.
So, for the guide on how to make delicious chamomile tea, then read on!
A Step-By-Step Guide For The Perfect Cup Of Chamomile Tea
Compared to some other herbal teas out there, chamomile tea is surprisingly easy to make, which makes it perfect to try for those who are new to herbal teas.
It also makes it perfect to make in the morning before work, or after a busy day in the office, and thanks to its simple process, you shouldn’t ever get it wrong!
Things You’ll Need To Make Chamomile Tea
- Chamomile: In order to make the best chamomile tea possible, you’ll need to find some high-quality, food-grade, dried chamomile flowers to use in your tea. Alternatively, you can always use a teabag, although the resulting flavor might vary slightly.
- Water: This is used to help create the base of the tea, and it’s always best to use filtered water for the purest tasting tea.
- Sweeteners (Optional): Although chamomile is undoubtedly delicious, some people like to sweeten their tea through the use of a variety of sweeteners, with the most popular option being honey. However other options, including granulated sugar, maple syrup, or sugar-free sweeteners such as stevia are all valid inclusions too!
Now that we have all of the ingredients required to make our chamomile tea, it’s time for us to get brewing!
Making Warm Chamomile Tea
Our first guide will be to make a deliciously soothing and warm chamomile tea, which is relatively easy to make, so just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be relaxing with a warm brew in no time at all.
Before we begin, it’s important to remember the correct ratio of tea to water.
For every cup/mug of water you want to make into tea, you’ll need just one tablespoon of chamomile (or just a single teabag if you’re using one).
This makes it easy to scale when making multiple servings, but it’s also easy to forget too!
To begin, bring your water to a boil, either by using a kettle or by heating it on top of a stovetop.
Once your water has boiled, place your chamomile into your desired glass/teapot, and then cover them with the boiling water, and then you’ll want to allow your chamomile tea to steep for between 4 to 5 minutes.
Then, strain the tea into your mug/cup and add any of your preferred sweeteners
Making Iced Chamomile Tea
When it comes to making iced chamomile tea, there are a bunch of different methods available, so it can become quite confusing when deciding which one you should follow.
However, we believe that the best method for making iced chamomile tea (see also: How To Grow And Dry Chamomile For Tea)is to make it as per the guide above, allowing it to cool completely, and then adding in some ice cubes before serving.
Other methods can include steeping the chamomile in your boiling water for over an hour, which you should be wary of, as over-steeping is known to make chamomile taste bitter, but feel free to experiment.
If you really want a longer steep, the best way to make your iced chamomile tea might be just to brew your chamomile in fresh cold (see also: How To Safely Make Cold Brew Iced Tea)water overnight in the refrigerator, giving it 20+ hours before you take it out ready for drinking.
What To Add To Chamomile Tea
For those who are fans of other herbal teas and are just trying chamomile tea for the first time, you might find that the flavor is mild, particularly in comparison to what you’re used to.
This is exactly why so many people opt to add a number of things to their chamomile to help boost the flavor! This includes things such as:
- Citrus: Right before serving, adding some citrus zest is an excellent way to add a new depth of flavor to your tea, so experiment with orange, lemon or lime juice to see what works for you.
- Ginger: For those looking to make their chamomile tea particularly refreshing, then a few slices of ginger will certainly help to do so.
- Vanilla: Vanilla is always a great way to switch up the flavor of a herbal tea, and you really don’t need to use much in order to make a massive change. For chamomile tea, we recommend adding just 1/8th of a teaspoon of vanilla extract to give this tea a super luxurious taste.
- Cinnamon: A great antioxidant and delicious addition is cinnamon, adding a few sticks of cinnamon as you’re steeping the tea is the best way to ensure the flavor infuses properly.
- Lavender: What can be better than more flowers? Adding dried edible lavender to your chamomile tea as it steeps is the way to create the ultimate nightcap, especially when you add some honey to sweeten it too.
Hopefully now that you’ve read our guide, you’ll be able to make your own delicious chamomile tea (see also: How To Make Insanely Delicious Iced Strawberry Tea)at home, whether it’s a soothing warm mug, or a refreshing iced version instead.
Plus, you can always experiment with different flavors too, so try it out soon!
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