Spicy orange tea blends: flavor highlights
Orange teas let you combine the tangy-sweet zest of a citrus drink with your favorite variety of tea base. From full bodied black orange spice teas, to delish green teas and oolongs carrying a cheerful overlay of grapefruit, to caffeine free herbal tisanes combining rooibos, orange peels, and floral accents, there are countless citrusy beverages on the market.
A little history
To the uninitiated, orange or grapefruit might sound like a rather ‘exotic’ addition to a cup of tea. However, citrus flavored teas have been around for centuries. Classic Earl Greys, for instance, feature black or green tea bases laced with oil of bergamot orange. Centuries before the world’s first cup of Earl Grey tea was brewed, Chinese tea masters were already flavoring their teas with savory citrus fruits.
Tasting notes and reviews
Orange chai and orange cinnamon teas are “aromatic and refreshing”, with “complex” flavors that get “more fruity with every steep”. Orange spice teas are “smooth and delicious”, both “with and without sweeteners”, while orange flavored rooibos blends are generally preferred for their “naturally sweet and savory” notes. Orange flavored oolongs are “bright” and “tangy”, their savory flavors balanced by the woodsy, mineral notes of their oolong base. “Aromatic without being overbearing”, orange teas make for popular morning brews, “reveal unique, interesting notes with every infusion”, and “also make excellent iced teas”.
Pair your orange tea with chocolate, caramel, cream or vanilla to create a smooth, delish cup of goodness. Mint adds a cool, refreshing edge to the tea, especially when iced. As far as sweeteners go, honey enhances the zesty notes of an orange flavored tea. If you’re looking for a caffeine free option, try a rooibos orange blend.
How to prepare homemade orange cinnamon tea
Orange peel and cinnamon go really well together. So well, in fact, that they don’t need tea leaves to make a delish cup of goodness! You can whip up an entirely caffeine-free orange cinnamon tea in a few quick steps. Boil an orange peel, some orange juice, a few cinnamon sticks, and mint leaves (optional) in a 3-4 cups of water. Once boiled, remove the mix from heat and allow it to steep until it reaches room temperature. And that’s it! Stash it in the fridge and reheat whenever you feel like a cup of orange cinnamon tea. Of course, you can also include caffeine in your tea by steeping some black tea bags or loose leaf black tea in the orange and cinnamon brew.