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Tea that doesn’t come in a bag (2 recipes)

My last WWOOF experience in Italy was at a farm helping with the olive harvest. You’ll hear more about that experience soon, but for today, let’s break for tea time. Each morning (and many evenings), we gathered for coffee and tea around Kirsten and Pascal’s long, wooden table, telling stories, resting, discussing books and sometimes just checking Facebook.

Previously, tea time for me meant a bag taken from a cardboard box purchased at the grocery store. If I was feeling exotic, I’d pour my favorite almond green tea from Paris into a little ball and steep it in boiling water. Like I told you… exotic.  But then I met Kirsten and each tea time contained the most amazing, tangy, smooth, sweet elixirs. And thankfully, she shared a couple recipes with me. Throw out those cardboard boxes and let’s make some all-natural tea!Dogs on the porch Tuscany thesweetwanderlust.com

Lemon Ginger Tea

This is the chicken noodle soup of teas. It’s perfect for any day, but it’s especially good if you’re not feeling 100%.

  • 1 liter water
  • 1 cup freshly grated ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • Juice of 1-1.5 big lemons

Combine the first four ingredients in a pot and boil 5-10 minutes. Add lemon juice and strain into cups. Sweeten with honey or brown sugar to taste. Enjoy this anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting drink hot.

Comfort with a Kick

I’m not sure how to describe this tea, except that everyone around the table agreed that this creamy, sweet drink with a kick could be a healthy hot cocoa substitute.

  • 1 liter water
  • 1 cup freshly grated ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • small pinch black pepper or pepperoncini
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Combine the first five ingredients in a pot and boil 5-10 minutes. Add coconut milk and sweeten with honey, maple syrup or brown sugar (not white!) to taste. Strain into cups and serve hot.

Find a nice place to sit, some good company and enjoy these teas courtesy of Kirsten in Tuscany!

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pacewisdom

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

I have an addiction to Tea.

Rachel

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Brittany

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

:) Let me know what you think of them!!

Diane Peterson

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Brittany, I don't know what I'd do without my tea...loose leaf, good stuff from an old-fashioned local tea shop, Simpson and Vail, but have never made my own. Thanks for the recipes; I'll look forward to giving them a try over the holidays! Speaking of which, happy Thanksgiving wherever you'll be, with lots of love. Always happy to see your posts in my in-box!

Brittany

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Aunt Diane, I'm with you! Thai tea is my new daily addiction (along with Thai massages, of course!). It's hard to choose just one kind of tea! I'd love to know what you think when you try the recipes above! Happy Thanksgiving! Love you!

Jim neitzel

Thursday 19th of November 2015

Brittany , I love your adventures and are thankful you are including me.like everyone else I worry about you so be very careful while you explore the world.cant wait to see where you go next.take care and have fun.

Jim Neitzel

Brittany

Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Thanks so much! I'm so glad to be able to share with you, Jim! :)