5 DIFFERENT TAKES ON YOUR CLASSIC BLACK TEA

You’ve seen the classics, let’s trend it up a bit this time round!
So sit tight and get your chef hats ready as we bring you some twists and turns in some of the classic black tea recipes!
 
Thai Tea 
 
Thai tea, also known as cha yen or cha yen sai nom, is a creamy beverage consisting of a mix of Black tea, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk seasoned overall with spices. For those of you folks who relish spicy teas or milky reas, here’s a treat!
 
 
 
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
5 mins
5 mins
10  mins
 
Servings :- 2
Calories :-  65
 
Ingredients:-
  • 2 tablespoons of black tea (loose leaf is preferred, although tea bags can also be used)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk(coconut milk or whole milk can also be used)
  • 2 pods of cardamom
  • 1 pod star anise
  • A pinch of tamarind powder, for taste
  • ¼ teaspoon of almond extract (optional)
  • ½ cinnamon stick (optional)

 
Brewing instructions:- 
 
  • Gather the ingredients and place the tea in the boiling water.
  • Add the cardamom, star anise, tamarind and the almond extract(if using) also in the brew and let the tea steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and add the sugar and the condensed milk.
  • Stir the mixture until completely dissolved.
 
Serving suggestion :-
  • Fill Two tall glasses with ice and pour the mixture into the glasses.
  • Pour/ drizzle a teaspoon of the evaporated milk onto the brew and serve.
  • You can use strong black teas such as Assam or Ceylon for better flavour.

 
Hong Kong Milk tea
 
Yet another creamy beverage that has won many hearts, Hong Kong milk tea is sometimes also called as the ‘silk stocking tea’ since it is often brewed in a large tea sock that resembles a stocking! Got a sweet tooth? Why the wait!
 

 
 
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
2 minutes
8 minutes
10 minutes
 
Servings :- 4-6 servings
Calories :- 285
 
Ingredients :-
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of black tea (Ceylon, preferably)
  • 1 can(around 400 gms) of sweetened condensed milk (evaporated milk with sugar can also be used)
 
Brewing instructions:-
  • Gather the tea leaves and the water in a vessel over medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a low boil and reduce the heat.
  • Let the mixture simmer for 3 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Stir in the required amount of sweetened condensed milk according to your taste.
  • Heat again until the mixture gets to a boil and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Strain and serve the brew.
 
Serving suggestion :-
  • Pour the drink into glasses over ice and serve.
  • This drink can be taken both hot and chilled.
 
Variation :- Willing to go the extra mile? Add tapioca pearls to the glass at the bottom before pouring the mixture into glass and voila! You have bubble tea instead of milk tea!

 
Pu-Erh Chocolate Tea
 
Pu-Erh tea has a long history and dates back to the Han dynasty. Both Pu-Erh and chocolate have strong flavours and are often paired together.Both hormone balancing and gut-pleasing, this delicious chocolatey beverage is super addicting and cozy!
 
 
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
2 minutes
5 minutes
7 minutes
 
Servings :- 1
 
Ingredients :-
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 2 teabags of Pu-erh tea
  • 2 teaspoons of raw cocoa powder
  • Sugar for sweetening according to your likeness
  • 3 oz Hot alternative milk- coconut or almond milk work well.
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon shavings/powder 
  • Virgin coconut oil (optional)
 
Instructions:-
  • Place the tea bags in hot water and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Place the strained mixture and the other ingredients in a blender for 1 minute.
  • Serve the shrink!
 
Serving suggestions :- 
  • Pour the drink into a mug and sprinkle the cinnamon powder over the top.
  • Adjust the sweetness and the chocolate according to your liking.
  • A milk steamer or frother can be used to froth the milk separately and add it later after blending.
 
Variations :- this drink can be made a cocktail by adding white rum to the steeped tea along with chocolate bitters and ice cubes.

 
Salted Caramel Assam Tea
 
With an eccentric pair of saltiness and sweetness, salted caramel is made of dreams. Usually called for dessert items, Dive into this recipe of combining smoked salt and sugar with Assam tea’s malty tones for some palate treat!
 
salted caramel assam black tea recipe
 
Preparation time
Cooking time
Total time
5 minutes
8 minutes
13 minutes
 
Servings :- 4
 
Ingredients :-
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked salt
  • 3 ½ tablespoons of Assam tea leaves
  • ½ cup whipped cream
  • Around 5 cups of boiling water
 
Brewing instructions :-
  • Place the butter, salt and the sugar in a bowl and pour ¾ of the water 
  • Mix until the sugar and the salt are completely dissolved and set aside.
  • Place the tea leaves in the remaining part of water and let the tea steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and add the salted caramel, stir properly.
 
Serving suggestion :- Pour the drink into a glass and top it with a dollop of whipped cream.

 
Mango Iced Tea
 
Summer Bummer? Fret Not! This refreshing summer tea is sure to turn that frown upside down! Stock up your mango supply and gulp down this fruitalicious delight!
mango black tea recipe
 
Preparation time
Cooking time
Additional time
Total time
15 minutes
2-3 hours
15 minutes
Around 3 hours
 
Servings:- 3
 
Ingredients:-
  • 2 medium sized alphonso mangoes-for approximately 1 ½ cups of mango pulp
  • 3 teaspoons of blackk tea powder( 2-3 black teabags)
  • 4 cups of water
  • ½ tablespoon of lemon juice (change as required)
  • Sugar for sweetening as required
  • Mint leaves(optional)
 
Brewing instructions:-
  • Peel and chop the mangoes, place them in a blender to make puree
  • Refrigerate the puree for a good 2-3 hours.
  • Heat the water and place the black tea and stir
  • Cover the vessel and let the tea steep in for a good 6-7 minutes.
  • Refrigerate the tea and remove once cooled.
  • Pour the tea, mango puree, lemon juice and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.
 
Serving suggestion :- Pour the drink into tall glasses over ice and garnish with mint leaves or lemon wedges.
Have a Tearrific time!
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