Tea, Tisanes & Infusions

Not every teabag contains tea. Learn about tea, its varieties and how it differs from tisanes or infusions.

Iced jasmine tea with fresh lime

Iced jasmine tea with fresh lime

The lime tree is bearing so much fruit that I’ve been doing all kinds of things with the limes. I used a few to cook a chicken dish, I made a salad dressing with lime juice and now, this iced tea drink. And if the tree keeps bearing fruit for the next couple of weeks, I’ll consider making lime jam.

Lime jam? Why not? If orange peel can be transformed into orange marmalade, why not lime? But I’ll use the whole fruits, I think, instead of just the peel. But that’s for another day — if the lime tree continues to be as generous with its fruits. Right now, this deliciously refreshing iced tea drink made with loose tea leaves and fresh lime. I’d have added mint leaves but the mint died after all that rain. »

Watermelon iced tea

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It was Sam who gave us our first taste of watermelon iced tea. She cut seedless watermelon into small cubes, dropped them into glasses of iced tea, gave Speedy and me each a glass and, oh wow, were we wide-eyed with surprise! So simple, so basic, so very refreshing. How could we not have thought of that?The key, of … »

Thai spiced iced tea

Thai-tea

When Speedy saw Giada de Laurentiis making this spiced tea on her TV program, the first question he asked was whether we had star anise. Of course, I said, we always have star anise in stock. A couple of days later, he made the tea but didn't bother taking photos. I felt that Speedy wasn't too happy with the star anise … »

Tea milkshake

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I never liked milk in my tea. I always felt that the milk drowned out the delicate flavors of the tea. It wasn't until Alex developed an affinity for milk tea and learned how to prepare it at home that I slowly got over my aversion for milk in my tea. So much so that I've gone farther and tried my hand at making tea … »

Lemongrass and ginger brew

Lemongrass and ginger brew

Cold and wet day. I've had three cups of coffee since I woke up this morning, I wondered if a cocktail drink would be good to keep me warm but I finally decided on a hot brew. Salabat (ginger brew), often sweetened with honey and flavored with a little kalamansi juice, is reputedly good to combat colds and coughs (and, for … »

Orange and ginger tea: hot or cold

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While half the world must be craving for hot drinks to ward off the bitter winter cold, here in the tropics, the weather is cool and mild and iced tea is still a great after lunch or mid-afternoon drink. So, after shaving the zest off three oranges a few days ago to make the orange and caraway seed cookies, I squeezed the … »

Masala chai (spiced tea)

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Chai means tea in several South Asian languages. Masala (literally, a mixture of spices) chai means spiced tea although many people associate masala chai with spiced milk tea.The addition of milk is a British influence. Tea has been grown in some South Asian regions for thousands of years but tea was used as an herbal … »

Lemongrass iced tea with wild honey

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The lemongrass iced tea you see in the photo was made from fresh lemongrass stalks. The stalks were boiled, allowed to infuse and cooled. Then, I added honey, slices of lemon and orange, and ice.See, we stay away from powdered drinks. Not for any of the scary reasons circulating on the internet but because of a gory … »

Have you ever drank a rose?

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When I was in Kuala Lumpur last year, I visited a tea shop called Purple Cane in the Chinatown district. I bought several canisters of loose tea leaves and the small ones I gave away as gifts to friends last Christmas. One large canister went to my mother; another, to my brother. The last two large canisters, I kept. One … »

Green tea with fresh tarragon and lemon

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Add a new depth to your usual cup of green tea by infusing it with fresh herbs and fruits. No, not by using flavored tea in teabags -- don't you taste the paper? If you watch NCIS: Los Angeles, there was an episode when G. was making a cup of tea for himself and Hetty smirked when she saw the teabag. And she asked, "Don't … »