Creating Tea Blends

Creating Tea Blends

Make your own simple syrups.

Lately I have been experimenting with sweet tea infusions. These are similar to those liquid tea mixes you can buy at the store, but they are much less expensive and pack more flavor than anything you can buy. You can create almost any flavor of tea you want with a homemade simple syrup.

A simple syrup is nothing more than a sugar syrup infused with herbs and spices. They all begin the same way with 1 part sugar and 2 parts water. Place the water and sugar into the pot then add the herbs and spices you want to the mixture.

 

You can make a simple ginger syrup by adding sliced ginger root. For a chai-like mixture, add cloves, cinnamon sticks and peppercorns to the the ginger in the pot. Peach or apple peelings give you a fruity syrup. Play around with fruits, spices and herbs, mixing the flavors you enjoy most.

 

Bring the syrup to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer for at least two hours, or until you have about a cup of liquid left. Promptly strain out the herbs and spices and store the syrup in a sealed container. Add up to a teaspoon of vanilla, if you like, after the syrup cools. You can store the simple syrup in the fridge for up to a month.

 

Add a tablespoon of the syrup to your brewed tea and stir it in to dissolve. You can even add it to cold tea. For the chai mix, you must add some milk to get a true chai latte experience. Enjoy!