Forget The Milk: 12 Things To Put In Your Tea

Last updated: July 30, 2020 at 11:05 am

Bored with your same old tea? Get ready to branch out and explore an exciting world of new flavors. Many tea drinkers, from casual dabbler to seasoned connoisseur, know that one of the most common supplements to add to a cup of tea is milk. Many will also choose to add sugar depending on their sweetness preference, leading to the inevitable question of “One lump or two?”

There is a fantastic variety of things besides milk that can transform your regular cup of tea, and all of them are completely natural. If you’re struggling to give up dairy in your tea completely, many of the additives can be used along with milk. 

But first,

Start with a good quality tea

Daily Darjeeling Black Tea from Himalayas

Daily Darjeeling Black Tea from Himalayas

An enthralling cup of summer black tea from the fascinating region of Darjeeling. This is a light, second-flush black tea with crisp, berry-like nuances that shall captivate you from the first sip! The brownish-black leaves are short, tightly-rolled, and interspersed with some green flakes. The liquor is mellow and unimposing, with notes of date palm and fermented barley that are discernible but fade away quickly. Indulge in a brisk and flavourful cup of tea that has signature Darjeeling second-flush attributes of wood and dried fruit.
Organic Breakfast Tea Bags

Organic Breakfast Tea Bags

A robust blend of premium organic black tea leaves from Assam and Southern India, punctuated with a hearty finish. Aromatic and brisk, it is great black or with milk and sugar or a touch of honey.

Sometimes you just need a bit of a kick to your everyday brew. Spices, fruits, herbs are good companions for black or green teas, as well as chocolate, flowers, ginger, and even alcohol.

Here are 12 things to put in your tea in place of (or along with) milk:

Citrus fruits gel well with either black or green tea. There is a variety of options when it comes to adding some citrus to tea, all of them lend a brighter tone to the brew. You can either drop beautiful slices in your cup or squeeze in the juice. While tea with lemon is classic, lime, grapefruit, or orange are also great choices depending on your tea base. And if you want to delve into the exotic, consider some passion fruit or yuzu.

Citrus green tea makes for a refreshing iced tea, even better in combination with mint, peach, honey.

Citrus Mint Green Tea

Citrus Mint Green Tea

Looking for a refreshing, contemplative cup of green tea?  Then look no further than our wonderful citrus mint green tea.  A delightful dance of lemon and orange pair with hints of lemongrass and a sprinkle of spearmint to create a true tea zen moment.  It’s bright and awakening but in a calm, assuring way.  It makes a wonderful cold-brewed ice tea, or enjoy it hot paired with journaling or meditation.

If you are fond of fresh and bright notes, don’t overlook Earl Grey, the world-famous citrusy tea with its iconic bergamot flavor.

Vanilla Creme Earl Grey

Vanilla Creme Earl Grey

Delicious Vanilla Tea as a twist on a classic. We started by creating a fantastic loose leaf Earl Grey with a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Nilgiri teas seasoned with the oil of bergamot. Next, we added bits of vanilla bean and cornflower petals to round it off and bring you Vanilla Creme Earl Grey.

Cinnamon will provide your black tea with some depth and warmth. Cinnamon spiced tea will make you think of a cozy autumn day. You can use the powdered version, but we suggest brewing your tea with a cinnamon stick, which will infuse the flavor without leaving behind any of the gritty texture from the ground spice. 

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon Tea

In the Middle Ages, having cinnamon in one's home was a status symbol for Europe's elite. A combination of spicy cinnamon with bright, full Ceylon black tea, having our Cinnamon Black tea in your cabinet today is equally as prestigious. Very warm and high cinnamon flavor, with a clean, richly aromatic freshness. Spicy, crisp finish. Great blended with other teas, too!

Another spice, cardamom, has an even more powerful flavor than cinnamon. The smell of it will instantly transport you to the streets of Mumbai. Spicy, rich, warm, and aromatic, cardamom is one of the most sensational additives, but be careful not to overdo: the flavor is intense. You can also go the whole nine yards by adding cloves, nutmeg, allspice and making a cup of Masala Chai tea. Cardamom and other spices traditionally go well with black teas. However, green tea version of spicy chai is also gaining popularity. Spicy types of tea are lovely with a splash of milk.

Green Tea Masala Chai

Green Tea Masala Chai

A skillfully curated blend of the best green teas from the splendid region of Darjeeling blended with the choicest, aromatic Indian spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and black peppercorns. Indulge in a bright liquor carrying an energizing aroma, the signature flavor of fresh greens, and tantalizing warm tones of fresh spices in every sip. A unique chai tea blend, fit for the likes of connoisseurs and beginners alike!

By adding herbs, you can naturally provide your tea with earthy, effervescent tones. Some herbal choices include lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbena, mint, all the way to tulsi basil and rosemary. Herbs often go best with lighter teas such as green or white tea and even unaccompanied.

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Peppermint Leaf

Peppermint Leaf

Starwest Botanicals is happy to provide you with the highest quality Peppermint Leaf as part of our extensive offering of bulk organic herbs and spices. Depending on how you would like to use it, you can select from natural or organic cut and sifted (C/S) Peppermint Leaf or Peppermint Leaf Powder. Peppermint Leaf, which also known as Mentha piperita, Brady mint, balm mint, curled mint and lamb mint, has many useful properties.

Flowers

Not only will this addition give you the most gorgeous cup of tea, adding flower buds or dried petals can deliver an incredibly aromatic and inviting flavor. Flowers are often used in tea blends. The most pronounced and flowery is probably Jasmine green tea. Rose, hibiscus, and honeysuckle lend more subtle, intriguing flavors to both black and green teas.

2 QT Iced Tea Pouches – Passionfruit Jasmine Tea

2 QT Iced Tea Pouches – Passionfruit Jasmine Tea

This award-winning blend of select black and green teas, jasmine blossoms, and passionfruit essence has a long-lasting, sweet flavor and astounding aroma for a perfect well-rounded cup.

Maple Syrup

Instead of the usual sugar, or even honey, try pouring a bit of maple syrup into your tea for both sweetness and the unique taste of maple. One benefit of this natural sweetener is that it dissolves easily in both cold and hot drinks, unlike honey which will seize up and crystalize in cold temperatures.

Heritage Blend Black Tea (Maple Scottish Breakfast)

Heritage Blend Black Tea (Maple Scottish Breakfast)

Scottish Breakfast tea is traditionally a powerful caffeine pick-me-up, comprised with a blend of teas from around the world. We found the perfect black teas from India, Africa, and Sri Lanka paired with a drop of our real Vermont maple syrup extract to create the perfectly balanced maple black tea power combo.

Fresh or Dried Fruits

Sangria doesn’t have to be the only drink with the wow factor of fruit. Try sliding in some cut up stone fruits like peach or nectarine, or plop in some pitted cherries, raspberries or pomegranate seeds. Even apple can work! Just add a few thin slices to a hot cup of tea and let it steep for a couple minutes. As a bonus, after you finish the tea, you get the pleasure of digging out all those delicious fruity chunks. When fresh fruits are not available, use dried strawberries, blueberries, or fruit jams

Chunky Cherry

Chunky Cherry

Chunky Cherry green tea takes the smooth, healthy taste of Japanese Green Sencha tea and throws in some hearty cherry pieces and a handful of rose petals. This is Will's all time favorite blended loose leaf green tea. He says, "If you're going to drink healthy, it might as well taste like this!"

Vanilla

Vanilla makes everything taste good, doesn’t it? Well, tea is no different. Scrape in a bit of fresh vanilla bean if you have a gourmet palette, or mix in a splash of vanilla extract if you’re in a pinch, but remember – less is more. Real vanilla extract is a concentrated flavor.

Vanilla Berry Truffle Tea

Vanilla Berry Truffle Tea

This vanilla rooibos tea is a delectable infusion of enticingly sweet and tangy flavors harmoniously complimented by the soothing smoothness of fresh cream. Our Vanilla Berry Truffle tea is an enjoyable dessert blend at any time of day.

Ginger

To deliver a spicy kick to your tea, brew it with grated or thinly sliced fresh ginger. A perfect tea for stuffy nose, sore throat, or even for calming an upset stomach, ginger brew supplies endless health benefits on top of zesty taste. A cup of tea with ginger is guaranteed to increase your blood flow, wake you up, and get you ready for the day.

Organic Ginger Root Tea

Organic Ginger Root Tea

The color of Buddha Teas Ginger Root Tea is expected: an earthy toned honey blonde, resembling the pealed ginger root itself. When you peer into your cup, preferably clear glass, you will see that the slightly opaque visual is the result of a milky-like residue, housing the spicy warming elements of this remarkable root. Buddha Teas Ginger Root Tea boasts a totally smooth, surprisingly mild yet intense warmth. Though as you sip this tea you might wonder where the ginger is, after swallowing you almost feel, rather than taste, the spicy comfort. This is a truly astonishing single ingredient tea suited for anyone who appreciates the tingly sensation and warming qualities of ginger.

Alcohol

Looking for something to help you truly relax? Try spiking your tea with rum, bourbon, or perhaps some Bailey’s Irish Cream (or really whatever else you feel will blend well). Your tea experience is sure to be heightened to new levels. Now, it can be ‘happy hour’ at any time. It could also work great with iced teas.

Classic Iced Teas

Classic Iced Teas

We took three of our favorite unflavored teas and tisanes and created an iced sampler that's perfect for all ages and any time of day. Total weight 2.1 oz, makes 6 quarts. This set includes: ceylon sonata iced tea - Fresh, bright, citrusy aroma balanced with sweet juicy notes of mandarin peel or grapefruit. rooibos iced tea - Very forgiving - won't over-steep. Steep hot or refrigerate overnight in cold water. peppermint iced tea - A Mediterranean native, revered for its cool, crisp aroma, deeply fresh flavor, and smooth finish.

Chocolate

Last but not least, this option is probably the most daring and unexpected, but chocolate-infused tea might just become your new favorite hot beverage, whether you stir in a bit of melted chocolate or sprinkle in some cocoa powder or cacao nibs. You can choose how sweet or dark you want the chocolate flavor. It also pairs well with milk. Just be aware that this flavor goes better with certain types of tea, namely black or chai. It is not recommended to use chocolate with lighter teas like green and herbal tisanes.

Bolder Breakfast

Bolder Breakfast

Bold flavor, rich color, & full body with hints of chocolate are what you’ll get from our award-winning, top-selling breakfast tea. We blend our favorite strong black and pu’erh teas with chocolate essence to create the a smooth, robust flavor. A perfect choice to help kick your coffee habit!

What to put in black or green tea?

Add warm, sweet, and welcoming flavors to your black teas and rooibos. Try cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, maple syrup, whiskey or a combination of them for welcoming and relaxing black tea blends. For a brighter and uplifting cup of black tea, use red fruits, berries and citruses.

Juicy fresh accents such as mint, jasmine, peach, basil are great to put in green and white teas. All kinds of edible flowers and herbs, either fresh or dried, can be used for the purpose.

However, there are no strict rules when it comes to tea making. Your tea experience can only be limited by your imagination.

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