Here are all the best tea recipes to make, whether you’re craving it hot or cold! Try chai lattes, iced tea, DIY herbal teas, and more.
Looking for a soothing cup of tea? Tea is astoundingly versatile, and can morph into so many different beverages. Make it into a refreshing iced tea for a hot afternoon, or brew a cup of cozy spiced masala chai for a wintery evening. Whip up a fluffy chai latte the morning, or cool off in the afternoon with an iced chai latte. You can even make your own DIY herbal teas using ginger or fresh herbs!
Here are all the best tea recipes to try: both hot and cold! There’s something for everyone and every season in this list, from herbal tea to iced tea to cold brew to masala chai! Let’s get started.
Sure, you can buy iced tea at the store. But for the very best ice tea? Make it homemade! This easy tea recipe takes only a few minutes of hands on time. It results in a brew with the very best crisp, refreshing flavor! You can also stir in a little sugar to make homemade sweet tea. It’s the best way to make drinking water tasty, and a nice alternative to iced coffee. Here’s how to make the very best pitcher of cold iced tea you can imagine.
First up in our tea recipes: there's nothing quite like a cup of masala chai! This Indian spiced milk tea is popular all around the world. There’s something about the mashup of creamy milk, subtly herbal tea, warm cinnamon and cardamom, and nuanced sweetness that hits 100% on the cozy drink meter. This is the best fall drink for when you pull out your sweaters, or a warming drink for the depths of winter. Of course, it works in any season!
This ginger tea recipe is cozy and warming: an easy herbal tea you can make at home! It's full of spicy ginger flavor, with a hint of tangy lemon and sweet honey. It’s a good substitute for coffee, if you’re trying to avoid caffeine. And it’s got some potential health benefits like aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and more! Here’s how to make this easy DIY herbal tea.
Are you a sucker for a good tea latte? You can easily make one at home! No need to run to your favorite coffee shop, or load on the sugars and artificial flavors of a grocery store carton. You can make an even better chai latte in the comfort of your own home. There’s something that’s uniquely beautiful about this drink: the intrigue of the warm spices, the twinge of bitterness of tea, the rich, fluffed milk froth that makes a mustache after each sip.
Craving an ice cold glass of iced tea? Here’s the easiest way to make it: Cold Brew Tea! This tea recipe takes just 1 minute of hands on time: then let the pitcher brew in the refrigerator. After 6 hours, you’ve got a cold pitcher of iced tea! The flavor is even smoother than the standard method, with no hint of bitterness at all. Add a sweet of lemon and you’ve got one refreshing drink: perfect for afternoons with about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee.
The homemade version of this coffeeshop special tastes much better than the Starbucks version that’s so popular (and has less sugar). This iced chai latte is sweetly spiced and oh so delicious! It's sweetened with maple syrup and made with our custom chai spices blend. Make up a big batch of the concentrate and drink off of it all week!
Hey, sweet tea fans! Did you know the best version of this classic drink is made right at home? This homemade sweet tea is full of the most perfect flavor. It’s sweetened just enough, so you taste the bold nutty flavor of the tea against the purity of the sugar. Wow! The moment Alex and I whipped up a batch, we knew we’d be drinking it this way from now on. Move over, store-bought sweet tea! This recipe has the best flavor on the planet.
How cozy does this tea recipe look? Yes, this vanilla chai latte is the equivalent of putting on a fuzzy sweater and curling up by a roaring fireplace. This tea is flavored with the beautiful spices of masala chai: cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Add to it the frothed milk foam from a latte, and you’ll feel like you’re drinking a fancy tea latte from your local coffee shop.
Love tea latte recipes? Here's one that's straight up classic: creamy tea with a beautiful foamy, frothy topping: and it’s just as good as your local coffee shop (or better). Tea lattes are the perfect cozy warm drink for fall and winter: but they work for anytime, too! Here are all the tricks to making a tea latte at home.
Got fresh mint? Try this mint tea recipe! It’s restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful herbal tea. Mint tea tastes fresh and bright. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning as an alternative to coffee. You can make spearmint tea or peppermint tea: use whatever variety of this tasty herb you have on hand.
Let’s make sage tea! It takes just 5 minutes, and this steaming cup is positively restorative. The flavor of sage tea is just as you would expect: cozy and pine-forward! Add a hint of sweetener and lemon to round out the flavors, and it’s positively delicious. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and it makes drinking your daily water much more interesting.
This thyme tea recipe is restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful tea. When Alex and I tried this for the first time, we were astounded by the flavor. Thyme tea tastes herby, fragrant and satisfying. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and makes drinking water much more exciting.
There are so many ways to use basil, from basil pesto to margherita pizza. But if you want the easiest, healthiest way to use it? Try this basil tea recipe. This herb tastes best combined with a little black tea and lemon. It adds a subtle, peppery flavor that’s irresistible!
Fresh oregano transforms in 5 minutes into an earthy, fresh herbal tea that’s positively restorative. All you need is a few sprigs and boiling water! This tea recipe tastes fresh and earthy, a delicious warming drink. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea!
Try this tasty rosemary tea recipe! In just 5 minutes, you have a cup of restorative herbal tea. This tea has a fresh, piney essence. Combine it with a touch of sweetener and a squeeze of lemon for the perfect flavor.
Last up in our tea recipes: lavender tea! This tea recipe is delicious and easy to make with fresh or dried lavender. Tea with lavender blossoms has a subtle floral undertone, and sweetened with honey it’s a delightfully soothing cup. It has some potential health benefits, too.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.