I have heard it suggested before that in the case of a sweet tooth, a cup of tea is a suitable alternative. I am calling BS on that notion. Come on guys, let’s be real. A cup of tea is nothing like a brownie/scoop of ice cream/cookie/[insert anything sweet that’s not tea]. There are times when nothing other than the real McCoy will do.
With that said, I really like tea. It’s is a wonderfully tasty beverage. Hot tea is like a warm blanket and iced tea is so refreshing. To sweeten tea, I use a natural sweetener (like stevia, honey or agave) instead of refined sugar.
A few of my favorites to make at home:
- Original Sweet & Spicy Tea by Good Earth – this tea is a delicious mystery. For my taste, it requires no added sweetness. This trumps all as a “sweet tea” alternative in the iced form. It also available in caffeine free, which is a bonus for afternoon iced tea drinkers.
- Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea by The Republic of Tea – I prefer this as a hot tea. The flavor is somewhat too unexpected for me in the iced form. I like to add a little bit of honey.
- Black Tea by Lipton- while flavored teas are special, a traditional black lipton iced tea will always be my favorite. I like to add honey to it for a flavorful sweetness. You can also add a slice of lemon or orange for some zest.
- Yerba Mate by Guayaki – this tea has a cool earthy flavor that tastes like you’re drinking the earth. That was supposed to be a compliment. While others sell yerba mate, I prefer Guayaki because of their “seed to shelf” approach to sustainable harvest and production. They also have some really good bottled teas if you’re looking for something on the go. At home, I make iced mint yerba mate by steeping mint and adding the mint water to the brewed yerba mate. I sweeten it with stevia and it is so refreshing.
As a lover of chocolate, mostly semi-sweet and dark, I have always been curious about chocolate tea. I just tried Chocolate Puerh by Numi for the first time today. You guys, I couldn’t taste the chocolate. I tried so hard. The tea is really good, but don’t go into expecting anything resembling hot chocolate (should have known).