10 DIY Tea Recipes for Cozy Winter Evenings

10 DIY Tea Recipes for Cozy Winter Evenings

Tea recipes so you can make your own unique blends.

If winter is good for one thing, it’s for curling up with a good book and a mug of tea. This is the season to embrace coziness. In Denmark, they have a word to describe this exact feeling: hygge. Creating a warm atmosphere to celebrate the good things in life. That’s exactly how you get through a long winter. And what better way to do it than by making your own tea recipes?

With a handful of dried herbs and spices and an assortment of tea leaves, you can make your own unique tea blends at home. And given all the benefits of tea, you should definitely be drinking more of it. Here are 10 recipes to get you started.

1. Chai

A dark and spicy tea always goes well with a cold evening, and chai seems to often be the tea recipe of choice. While many buy it pre-made, chai is simple to make at home. Stock up on cinnamon, peppercorns, fennel, coriander, cloves and cardamom and away you go.

2. Lavender Earl Grey

I discovered this in a cafe in Canada and have been in love ever since. It is as simple as adding lavender buds to Earl Grey tea and then brewing. The ratio will depend on your personal taste, and if you want to make an even cozier drink, you can add in milk for a tea latte.

3. Ginger Turmeric Tea

In the winter, it’s nice to have a tea recipe that will give you an extra boost, and this one is it. Ginger turmeric tea is especially good if you’re trying to beat off a winter cold or the flu. All you need is powdered ginger and turmeric.

4. Lemon Tisane

This tea recipe gives you a calming citrus drink, make with dried lemon grass and lemon peel.

5. Peppermint Tea

Maybe you were smart enough to dry some peppermint from your kitchen pots last summer. If not, get your hands on some dried peppermint and make this tea recipe that is sure to perk you up.

10 DIY Tea Recipes for Cozy Winter Evenings

6. Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic

Here’s another recipe for anyone trying to beat off the winter cold. Using fresh ginger root and lemon, you’re even welcome to pour in some whiskey.

7. Tranquil Tea

With chamomile and rose petals, this tea is perfect if you need to wind down from a long day.

8. Vanilla Rooibos 

With a fresh vanilla bean and some loose rooibos tea, you can make this aromatic red blend, that also happens to be perfect for baking cookies with. Because the only thing cozier than a book and a mug of tea is a book, a mug of tea, and a cookie.

9. Rosemary Tea

Dried rosemary isn’t just good for roasted potatoes, it also makes a lovely tea. Pair with peppermint and sage in this tea recipe.

10. Detoxifying Mint Tea

With spices like coriander and cumin, this tea recipe is a combination of dry ingredients which you can make in advance and keep on hand, combined with fresh ginger, mint and lemon.

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Images: René Schäfer, mfcorwin

Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.