Anyone who knows me, knows that tea is my solution for everything. Sad? Tea. Sick? Tea. Pizza for dinner? Tea. But not everyone realizes how versatile tea is, or how many kinds of tea are out there. So whether you drink Mighty Leaf, Tazo, or whatever is cheapest at the grocery store, here is a guide to picking the right tea for any day.
Black Tea with Milk
Black tea with milk is the default tea preparation for many people. It’s quick and easy to do at home, and doesn’t require a lot of thought. If you want to keep things simple, I’d recommend a standard English Breakfast with cold milk. For something more exciting, go to your local coffee or tea shop and get a London Fog-Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and vanilla syrup!
Hot and Humid
Iced Fruity Tea
Fruit teas are probably the best thing that’s ever happened to summer. You can find a fruity version of any kind of tea, so there’s something for everyone! If you prefer something highly caffeinated, find yourself a black tea with mango or citrus. If you’re going for a lower caffeine content, get yourself a lemon green tea or a caffeine-free berry flavored herbal tea. Bonus points for adding a splash of lemonade!
Chamomile is an herbal tea, and it’s so popular that almost every tea brand has their own version. Because it’s an herbal tea, it is caffeine free, and often used as a bedtime tea. You can get a plain chamomile if that’s what you’re into, but if you can find one with lemon or peppermint, your sore throat and sinus cavity will thank you for it.
Chai or Rooibos
Chai is already a pretty popular autumn beverage, especially in latte form. Its warm cinnamon notes and high caffeine content make it ideal for chilly days when you just don’t want to leave bed. But I don’t think Rooibos gets enough love. Rooibos, or red tea, is an herbal tea with roots in South Africa. Mixed with a little bit of cold milk (it goes great with soy!) Rooibos is great alternative for chai in the fall and winter!
Pizza for Dinner
Sweetened Black Iced Tea
Pizza is great. So great, that we usually eat it too fast and burn our mouths. A sweetened black iced tea can cool that burn, while still holding its own against the many flavors that pizza provides. Try to avoid a fruity or flavored black tea, because they may not mix well with cheese and tomatoes. Darjeeling and breakfast blends work great for this, with a little bit of sugar