Hey there, sugar. Let’s talk sweeteners. Sugar, honey, maple syrup – when it comes to add-ins for your tea, you’ve got a sweet suite of options. So read on for a compilation of ideas on how to sweeten tea that will rock your world!
Pour Some Sugar on Tea (In the Name of Love)
It’s no big surprise to you, I’m sure, that sugar is at the top of the list of tea sweeteners. After all, a spoonful of sugar helps the tea that isn’t quite sweet enough go down. That’s how the song goes, right?
Not all sugar is created equal, though. Depending on what your sweetening goals are, you may want a classic white granulated, a deeper brown, a caramel-y coconut palm, or even go wild with a powdered confectioners’ sugar. (I mean, it works when you dip a powdered doughnut into tea and some of the sugar dissolves in the liquid.)
Or, if you’re hoping to add a pop of sweetness without altering your favorite blend’s flavor profile, check out rock sugar! Deluxe tea sugar is one hundred percent amber rock cane sugar. It looks great, tastes great, and adds a touch of practical elegance to your tea table. Win, win, win!
No matter which sugar you choose, it’s going to dissolve nicely, which makes it ideal for both hot and iced teas. So, pour some sugar on tea! Heap as many spoonfuls as necessary to make that tea go down. Def Leppard and Mary Poppins both give you their permission.
She’s My Cherry Pu'erh/Strawberry Tea Forever
You know what has a lot of natural sugars? Fruit! And you can use it to naturally sweeten your tea, no processed sugar necessary. Whether infused, blended, muddled, or frozen, fruit is a delicious way to sweeten your tea and tantalize your taste buds.
Fruit infusions are awesome in tea, and you can customize according to the flavors in your blend and the fruits available to you. Maybe try pineapple in your Smooth Sailing Mango Black Tea or tangerines in your Peach Bellini Herbal Tea. The fruit juices steep into your beverage at the same time the tea leaves do, adding flavors that either complement or intensify the taste of your tea. Rock on!
Frozen fruit is a great way to amp up the flavor in iced tea. Or you can get fancy with your ice cubes and freeze fresh fruit directly into them. You could even freeze chunks of fruit or whole berries into ice cubes made from tea or fruit juice rather than plain old water. That’s some next level ice, right there. Ice, ice, baby!
If you love hot and iced tea but you’re looking for a new sensation, fruit-tea smoothies are another great way to harmonize the natural goodness of tea with the natural sweetness of fruit. Blend up your favorite teas with your favorite fruits and let the good times roll.
Dust in Your Tea... All There is is Dust in Your Tea
What’s your jam? Vanilla? Maple? Honey? All of those flavors are great in their original forms and can be added to tea, no problem. (Though if you’re drinking iced tea, be sure to dissolve your honey in a couple tablespoons of warm water before adding it to your tea. Otherwise it won’t combine.)
If you’re a fan of these flavors, you’ve got to try sugar dusts! Yes, technically they fall under that category of sugar, and we’ve already covered that, but they are so much more. They are sugar, turned up to eleven.
Each dust option presents a perfect duet of sugar and flavor enhancement. Vanilla Dust combines real vanilla bean with organic sugar – a wonderful addition to any of your favorite teas, such as Comfort Blend with orange and cinnamon or Coconut a la Crème black tea.
Honey Dust mixes pulverized raw honey and raw sugar cane. It’s a delicious add-in for Buttery Shortbread herbal tea and Full Moon Chai, among many others. Maple Dust pairs dried maple syrup with coconut sugar for a complex sweetener unlike any you have tried. You will love it in Rainy Day Pu'erh or Porch Sippin’ Pecan black tea. Sounds like an instant classic to me!
So there you have it: a rock-star lineup of options for how to sweeten tea. You’ll be cheering for an encore every time!