January 2016, hot tea month. A brand new year. There happened to be a lot of dates lying around in my fridge and I thought it would be interesting to tea them. Two delightful date teas are what we have today.
“January’s National Hot Tea Month can serve as a reminder to do something healthy for ourselves, like brew a hot cup of tea, which may provide a variety of health benefits, serve as a weight loss aid and help to ward off persistent cold and flu germs. What more could you ask for in a beverage.” said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA.
Experimentation with tea is something I look forward to even on a busy day. And O how much fun I have with my tea. I look forward to focussing on some healthy tea blends. Today I thought it would be interesting to champion dates as the main ingredient.
Dates are a great addition to your diet. They are cholesterol-free and low in fat. Also, the fibres and amino acids present in dates also help to improve the digestive system. Check out the link below for a detailed summary of the health benefits of dates.
Date Tea Latte
A rich, creamy milk based tea
Makes for one
For the blended date mixture
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp butter
A pinch of grated nutmeg
In a medium sized saucepan add all the ingredients.
When the milk has reached a slow simmer, turn off the heat.
Allow the milk to cool down. Finally, blend till all the ingredients are well combined.
For the milk tea base
½ cup milk
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
2 black tea bags (Vanilla tea used here – completely optional)
2 cardamom pods
2-3 cinnamon chips
In a medium sized saucepan add the water, tea bags, and spices.
Once the tea has reached a simmer turn the heat off and let it steep for 4-5 minutes.
Discard the tea bags. Next, turn the heat back on and add milk to the tea.
Let the tea simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
Finally, add the blended date mixture to the tea and let it come to a boil. Turn off the heat. Strain and sip.
(Date + Ginger; excuse the cheesiness)
Makes for 3 cups
4 cups of water
6-7 whole dates (washed)
A small piece of ginger sliced
½ a cinnamon stick
2-3 tbsp sugar (or honey)
½ tsp goji berry
In a medium sized saucepan add the water, dates, ginger and cinnamon. Let this simmer on medium-high heat for 15 minutes.
While the water simmers let the goji berries soak in hot water for ten minutes.
Once the water comes to a gentle boil, stir in sugar to the tea.
Finally, simmer for another 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
Strain and serve. For some chewiness (completely optional) garnish on top with 2-3 goji berries (soaked) in each cup. Enjoy!