When the weather begins to change and I feel autumn trickling in, my senses begin to come alive. Where I live, this invites crisp, cool mornings with air that smells pure and untouched. Inside I like to nestle into the changing of seasons with some of my favorite autumn drinks, teas, and spices—as well as all the fragrant and rich flavors that accompany them.
Let's take a tour of these dazzling autumn favorites, together!
Autumn Flavors in Tea
When I think of autumn, there is a myriad of flavors and spices that flow through my mind when it comes to creating a perfect steaming cup of tea. To create that ever-sought-after flavorful and soothing cup, there are a few go-to spices and flavors that are on the "must-have in my kitchen" list for me: fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Think dark, think earthy, think rich!
Homemade Hot Tea Recipes for Autumn
When you're looking for that perfect homemade flavorful tea recipe, there are often a few staple additions in these cold-weather tea recipes. Mulling spices really create a tasty drink with their abundance of flavors. Cider is another autumn favorite, especially mine! Who can get enough fresh apple juice combined with spices to create a steaming, crisp, and sweet drink? I never can!
Then we have the sidekicks. Orange juice, cranberries, orange peels, and lemon slices can really create that extra 'over-the-top' edge you're looking for in a delightful, great-tasting fall tea recipe. I'll let you in on a little secret—shhh! My friend shared with me that the secret to putting their cider over the top is the addition of fresh orange peels simmering in the pot on the stove with the cider.
Not only does the house smell amazing, but the drink is a fall favorite of mine!
Are you looking for that must-have yummy tea recipe that wraps in everything autumn?
Then you've come to the right recipe! This pumpkin spice latte incorporates every bit of goodness you've come to expect from a drink such as this one while making it easy and customizable with four ingredients! Let's check it out!
You'll use espresso as your base, or for another option try Plum Deluxe's own Deluxe Pumpkin Spice tea which is a Honeybush and loose black tea. Next, you'll add pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin puree to some maple syrup for your flavoring. This will save you on your sugar intake, as well! For the milk, it's all personal preference. Feel free to choose whole milk, coconut milk, cow's milk, or even oat milk.
It's a fun and fabulous recipe that whips up in no time! What I love best is you get to choose the ratio of milk and sweetener that works for you. Personally, I love my latte a little extra sweet! Nothing like wrapping up in some fall spices!
If you're anything like me, I am a lover of chai tea! On top of that, this fall tea recipe definitely keeps you cozy and its ease makes it a breeze to make and curl up with. It's a win-win in my book!
This instant pot chai tea is called easy for a reason! Why? Because you're in control when you add your ingredients at the start (how much) and you can simply walk away until it's done at the end. All you need is hot water, your loose-leaf tea of preference (a chai of course), milk, and sugar.
No need to dig through the cupboard to find five different spices when Plum Deluxe tea is on the case. They have it wrapped into one perfectly packaged bag!
When it comes to making my chai tea lattes, I love to add a little something 'extra' when I'm ready for my cuppa—an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top, or nutmeg makes for a perfect finish!
I'll admit, this autumn tea recipe requires a bit more precision, but it's all the way worth it!
Why? You're creating a heavenly work of art from scratch! So, pop open those cupboard doors, and let's find some of these favorite fall flavors.
This recipe calls for boiling water and a loose-leaf tea, specifically Plum Deluxe's Heritage Blend black tea. You'll also need crystalized ginger, anise, a cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, whole allspice, whole clove, dried bay leaf, a dash of ground black pepper, and sugar to taste.
The tea leaves create the most divine base for this recipe and the plethora of spices simply explode in your mouth for a hot cup of fall tea that tastes great.
If you'd like to make a latte out of this, it's easy to froth some milk and add it to your base tea recipe. Feel free to add honey for a lightly sweet touch of elegance as well!
Who would ever have thought that tea could be so fabulously used in a variety of ways?
If you knew already, hats off to you! If you didn't, then we're going to learn a few new tips and tricks with these fun and easy homemade hot tea recipes.
Ever thought of using tea with your coffee, instead of hot water? How about tea with your hot chocolate? A tea latte up your alley? Each of these recipes holds something flavorful and delightful in store for you that I urge you to try if you haven't yet!
Using a tea, such as a masala chai, instead of hot water when brewing your morning cup of joe will provide a whole new world of flavor to your cuppa. If you're a hot chocolate and mint tea lover like me, then I've got you covered with this one—try using mint tea in your milk when you warm it for your cocoa, straining before you stir in the chocolatey goodness. The addition of some mint sprigs will give you a pop of flair, too!
Who doesn't thoroughly enjoy a good latte? How about a tea latte? Choose a loose-leaf tea of preference, usually a black tea, chai tea, or Earl Grey, and add in some steamed or frothed milk. The addition of some sugar, honey, or maple syrup can create the perfect tasty drink!
One other thing you can do to add a bit of fun to your drink is to make your own pumpkin spice creamer. A few key fall spices and you'll be well on your way: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and milk (or cream). It's so creamy, yummy, and superb!
Ready for some fun recipes that scratch the milk, but itch the autumn scratch? These recipes do just that!
How does some hot mulberry cider sound? It sounds over the moon to me! I have to be honest that I haven't yet tried it, but after reading about it, it's on my list of 'next's'. If mulberry syrup isn't your thing, simply swap it out and make your own fruity flavor simple syrup from blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. You combine your syrup with the cider for a blissful fall drink.
Love your loose-leaf teas? Of course, we do, we're here, right? Well, for this one, pick your favorite black tea and liven it up some—add honey. Often a basic black tea base offers the most flexibility, then you can add in another flavor element if you choose, like lemon or orange.
If you do want to add some milk, don't forget, simply swapping out regular cow's milk for a dairy-free alternative like almond, cashew, oat, or coconut milk can turn any cup of tea into a dairy-free hot drink!
Autumn Tea Parties: All You Need to Know
Now that we've established how in love with fall we are and gathered a good deal of information on fall flavors and drinks recipes, I think it's time we put together the final pieces on How to Host a Fall Harvest Tea Party.
Krista eloquently lays a bit of expertise on how to conduct your next autumn get-together. We all know color is in bloom everywhere around us, and it's important to use this to our advantage, bringing it to our décor elements as well. The music of choice should help your guests feel warm, welcomed, and loved.
And for food...who can forget the food? Certainly not me!
As an appetizer, a favorite fall choice to serve of mine is Parmesan Pepper Shortbreads. Savory, buttery, and divine wrap up these scrumptious delights! When it comes to the main course, I'd recommend Veggie Stuffed Acorn Squash with mushrooms, spinach, and rice. It's a pretty simple recipe that is hearty, earthy, and so delicious!
For dessert, you can't go wrong with Earl Grey Panna Cotta with Mocha Whipped Cream. Imagine a little dish of creamy, caramelly delight, with the lingering presence of Earl Grey creme tea. To top it off and balance it out, it's served with light and velvety chocolate whipped cream.
Pop on over and check out all the details and a few more recipes for your next autumn tea party. You won't be disappointed!