Published on September 3rd, 2015 | by Becky Striepe1
8 Homemade Tea Ideas for You or for Gifts
Homemade tea can be very simple or more complicated, and you can customize your recipes to suit your own tastes. These are some of our favorite hand-crafted tea ideas to stock your pantry or for your gift list!
Some of these teas are ones that you brew on-demand and others are recipes for homemade tea blends and tea-related ideas that work well as gifts. I wanted to cover an array of tea options, so there would truly be something for everyone here.
I know – it seems so early to think about holiday giving, but you guys. Making hand-crafted gifts takes time and planning. Homemade tea blends are great stocking stuffers, and usually they keep for six to 12 months in an airtight container. Pair a half-pint mason jar of DIY tea with a cute tea ball, and you have a great little gift to tuck away until the holidays. These also work well for non-holiday gifts, of course. Teacher gifts for the new school year, anyone?
Normally when I talk about versatile food and drink, I like to give what’s called a skeleton recipe. This is a recipe that calls for ingredient types rather than specific ingredients. It’s sort of a cooking choose-your-own adventure situation. With homemade tea, though, there are so many variables. Some herbs and spices work well as the stars of the show while others work best in small quantities. The amounts can vary so wildly!
Instead of a skeleton recipe, I dug deep into our archives and those of our sister sites. Because there are a ton of great homemade tea ideas in there, waiting to shine. And here they are!
8 Homemade Tea Ideas
1. Homemade Ginger Tea – Andrea at our sister site Vibrant Wellness Journal walks you through how to brew ginger tea from real ginger. She also gets into the health benefits of sipping on delicious ginger tea.
2. Homemade Herbal Tea Blends – Andrea is such a tea maven! She shared a few of her favorite homemade herbal tea recipes over at Green Living Ideas. The lemon-vanilla blend intrigues me the most!
3. Homemade Chai – Chai tea is still cool, right? I hope so, because this spiced tea blend is my favorite non-coffee hot drink. This is the hand-mixed chai recipe that I created for holiday giving a few years ago.
4. Sweet Tea Vodka – You can use hand-mixed or store-bought tea to make this robust vodka infusion. It makes a great gift for the cocktail enthusiast on your list!
5. Homemade Red Chai – Chai is a versatile tea. Seriously, this list could be just made up of different takes on this one type of homemade tea. Andrea’s red chai recipe is naturally caffeine free.
6. Mint Tea – Is the mint in your garden getting out of control? Follow these instructions to dry it, then crumble it into airtight jars to make homemade mint tea. If you need more ideas on how to use all of that garden mint, Julie’s got you covered!
7. Lavender Tea – Lavender tea is fragrant and soothing, and you can make your own from the lavender in your garden! Those same drying instructions from #6 will work here.
8. Grow a Tea Garden – The last couple of teas are good examples of herbal tea ingredients that you can grow. Patricia at Eat Drink Better shares her favorite tea herbs to grow. You can turn this into a gift for gardening-inclined friends by gathering seed packets for some tea herbs and including growing instructions and brewing directions.
A note about tea and pregnancy: If you are pregnant or are making a tea blend for someone who is, there are some herbs you may want to avoid. Here’s a list of pregnancy tea dos and don’ts to help you out!