There’s nothing quite like a refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. But have you ever tried adding cinnamon to your iced tea? It’s a delicious twist on the classic drink that’s sure to impress your taste buds. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make cinnamon iced tea at home, step by step.
Benefits of Making Your Own Iced Tea: Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about why making your own iced tea is a great idea. For one thing, it’s much cheaper than buying pre-made tea at the store or from a cafe. You can also control the quality of the ingredients you use, ensuring that you’re getting the best possible flavor and nutritional value.
Ingredients: To make cinnamon iced tea, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Cinnamon sticks
- Tea bags (black tea works best)
Now, let’s talk about each ingredient and why it’s important.
1. Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon is a warm, spicy spice that pairs perfectly with tea. Using cinnamon sticks rather than ground cinnamon will give your tea a more nuanced, complex flavor. Plus, the cinnamon sticks will release their flavor more slowly, which means you won’t end up with bits of cinnamon floating in your tea.
2. Tea Bags
Black tea works best in this recipe because it’s strong enough to stand up to the cinnamon and honey. You can use any brand of black tea you like, but I recommend using loose-leaf tea rather than tea bags if possible. Loose-leaf tea tends to have a fresher, more complex flavor than tea bags.
The quality of the water you use can make a big difference in the taste of your tea. Ideally, you want to use filtered water, which will remove any impurities and give your tea a cleaner taste.
Honey adds sweetness to your tea without being too overpowering. You can use any type of honey you like, but I recommend using raw honey if possible. Raw honey is less processed than regular honey, which means it retains more of its natural enzymes and nutrients.
Instructions: Now that you know what ingredients you’ll need, let’s talk about how to make cinnamon iced tea.
Step 1: Boil the Water Start by boiling 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove. Once the water has come to a boil, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Pro Tip: If you’re using loose-leaf tea, you’ll want to heat up a separate pot of water to steep the tea in.
Step 2: Add the Tea Bags Once the water has cooled slightly, add in 4-6 tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea). Steep the tea bags for 3-5 minutes, or until the tea is dark and fragrant.
Pro Tip: If you’re using loose-leaf tea, add 1-2 tablespoons of tea to a strainer or tea ball and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Step 3: Add the Cinnamon While the tea is still hot, add in 2-3 cinnamon sticks. How much cinnamon you use will depend on your personal taste preferences. I recommend starting with 2 sticks and adding more if needed.
Pro Tip: If you’re using whole cinnamon sticks, you can break them up into smaller pieces to help release more flavor.
Step 4: Add the Honey Once the cinnamon sticks have steeped in the tea for a few minutes, add in 1-2 tablespoons of honey (again, depending on how sweet you like
your tea). Stir the honey until it’s dissolved, and taste the tea to make sure it’s sweet enough for your liking.
Pro Tip: If you prefer a sweeter tea, you can always add more honey or use a sweeter variety of honey (such as clover or orange blossom).
Step 5: Chill the Tea Once you’ve added the cinnamon and honey, it’s time to chill the tea. You can either let the tea cool to room temperature and then transfer it to the refrigerator, or you can pour it over ice to chill it more quickly.
Pro Tip: To keep your iced tea from becoming watered down, try making ice cubes out of extra tea (or even fruit juice) and using those in place of regular ice cubes.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy! When your tea is fully chilled, it’s time to serve and enjoy! You can garnish your tea with additional cinnamon sticks or a slice of lemon if you like. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious homemade cinnamon iced tea.
Making your own cinnamon iced tea at home is easy, affordable, and delicious. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can create a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or just looking for a tasty way to cool off, give this recipe a try and see how easy it is to make your own cinnamon iced tea.