Updated: Dec 28, 2020
As a tea lover, you would want to explore the new flavours of the beverage. While there are different types of tea available, from green tea to black tea, yellow tea, etc. with their own set of flavours, you can create your own blends at home and try out what you like the most. There are several reasons to blend your own tea. For starters, drinking the same-old-thing over and over again might feel like punishment to your taste buds. Or as a tea aficionado, you may want to explore the art of blending teas and make your own unique flavours. If you are a cafe owner or own a teahouse, you should definitely learn how to make your own tea blends because teahouses and cafes witness tea drinkers from all walks of life.
But blending tea is easier said than done. It is not just about mixing two or more teas. For a blend to be successful, it has to have that typical tea aroma, flavour, and taste that tea lovers would die for. With that being said, blending is not easy, and there are certain rules to it.
This post is all about tea blending for beginners. We will discuss everything you need to know about the basics of blending tea and will share some popular tea blend recipes with you.
Let’s get started.
The Basics of Blending Tea
Each blend is unique and has one ingredient as a base. Essentially, the base ingredient can be either dried herbs or pure real teas. The purpose of the base ingredient is to connect all the flavours together. Green tea blend well with fresh, fruity ingredients, rooibos and black teas are great for sweet ingredients, spices make perfect warming winter teas, and fresh flavours of hibiscus and strawberries, sour lemon and lemongrass, and spearmint and mint, are great for summer teas. Making a perfect blend requires a lot of experimenting, and there are possibilities that you may end up spoiling your teas. But practice and experience make you perfect. There is no harm in trying until you find that perfect blend.
What are the benefits of blending your own tea?
There are only 4-6 varieties of pure teas available. On the other hand, there are hundreds of herbal teas out there, but they are not real tea. The purpose of blending is to allow you to enjoy different tea each day. It only takes one or two pure teas and some herbs, spices, and flowers for creating numerous blends.
Pure teas have their own health benefits, and when combined with herbs, flowers, and spices, you increase the nutritional value of the beverage. By blending a tea, it can go from calming to invigorating in a matter of minutes.
Blending allows you to enhance the flavour of the tea that you don’t essentially enjoy. The ingredients can be easily bought from your local spice stores, health food stores, or you can grow your own herbs. Adding different natural ingredients makes you avoid the addition of any artificial flavours or sweeteners.
DIY Tea Blend Recipes
In this section, we are going to discuss some popular DIY tea blend recipes that you should try. As a beginner, these recipes will be your starting point for tea blending. We have tried to include only those recipes with ingredients that are easy to find and purchase. Our recipes include the most common spices, fruits, and herbs for easy blending.
Please note that every ingredient is different. Therefore, you have to adjust the amounts as per your preference and taste. The intensity of the ingredients relies on the conditions, storing, quality, and type, among other factors. You are advised to start with small amounts and test them first.
The amount of ingredients used in these recipes is adequate for 2-3 infusions. So, let’s jump right into it.
#1 White Spice Tea
White spice tea is a quirky blend with spicy and tangy notes. Since white tea is known for its light flavour, it will give you a nice aroma. For adding a spicy note, peppercorns are used, and for the tangy flavour, dried strawberries are preferred.
● White tea - 2 teaspoons
● Peppercorns - ½ teaspoon
● Dried strawberries - 1 teaspoon
● A pinch of safflower
This tea contains caffeine and delivers a light and delicate flavour with a pinch of spiciness and tanginess.
#2 Tropical Pu’Erh
Pu’Erh tea is known for its typical health benefits. However, many people refrain it from drinking because of its bitter flavour. But with the right ingredients and mix, you can create a nice blend with Pu’Erh tea.
● Pu’Erh trea - 2 teaspoons
● Candied pineapple - 1 teaspoon
● Candied mando - 1 teaspoon
● Shredded mango - 1 teaspoons
As you can see from the ingredients, Tropical Pu’Erh is a fruity tea blend. You will not require adding sugar when you brew this tea. The natural sweeteners found in coconut, pineapple, and mango will give this tea a distinct taste.
#3 Rose Breakfast Blend
Breakfast blends are a mix of lighter and stronger teas. This blend is designed to give you an instant boost. The traditional blend uses black teas - Assam team and Darjeeling tea - and is best served with milk rather than water.
● Assam tea - 3 teaspoons
● Darjeeling tea - 2 teaspoons
● Rose buds - 1 teaspoon
Black tea is the strongest of all teas and contains caffeine in larger concentration.
#4 Minty Sencha
This is a perfect blend for those who are watching their weight. Minty Sencha is an ultimate summer refreshment filled with antioxidants and exfoliating properties. It is best served cold with ice. Yes, Minty Sencha makes the perfect iced tea!
● Green tea - 2 teaspoons
● Dried mint - 1 teaspoon
● Dried lemongrass - 1 teaspoon
When cold brewing, you can also add a fresh slice of cucumber to the teapot. It will soothe the minty flavour.
These are the four easiest tea blend recipes you can try at home. There are many more blends that are left to explore. Try out these blends first and then slowly experiment your way up to more complex blends.