Spring is in the air, and tea is still in our cup. When it’s cold outside we love to warm up with a spicier blend in our mugs. Those warming notes of cinnamon and ginger have a comforting feeling, as though your tea is giving you a hug. On the other hand, once the heatwave strikes we love to cool down with a refreshing fruit tea served over ice. Nothing tastes better than homemade iced tea in the summer. But what tea do we drink in spring? Florals, of course.
When the snow starts to thaw and the sun shines a little bit brighter, many people across the country start to ditch their oversized fleece sweaters for brightly colored floral prints. A similar thing happens with our tea stashes. Those warming teas with notes of caramel and nutmeg soon get replaced with teas that remind us of being out in the garden.
Spring Ahead With Floral Teas
Seeing the first shoots popping up once the snow starts to melt is always an exciting occasion. This may have you excited for all the tulips and roses that you’ll see when it warms up. You may be tempted to head out to a nursery and purchase seeds and starters for your garden to get the spring season started. There’s something about flowers that get people excited about spring.
Tea is one of those beverages that can be enjoyed all year round. There’s a blend to compliment every season. When your garden is starting to peek out from underneath the snow, you can brew a cup of floral tea to keep you in the mood. Who said florals for spring was only a fashion statement?
What Flowers Make The Best Floral Tea?
Floral tea is actually considered a herbal tea, it’s formal term is tisane. On its own, floral teas aren’t caffeinated. However, sometimes dried flowers are added to black or green tea blends which are caffeinated. Many different flowers can be used in tea blends, but these are the most popular (and best tasting) ones:
- Hibiscus tea
- Rose or Rosehip
- Jasmine tea
- Butterfly Pea
Why Choose Floral Teas?
A lot of people choose to drink a floral tea because not only do they remind people of warmer days ahead, but many of these flowers are studied for their calming effects. It is believed that jasmine and lavender, among others, are great drinks to choose when you’re feeling stressed and need to mellow out.
Other flowers are known for being rich in vitamins. Many people like rosehip or elderflowers in their tea because it has a higher vitamin C level. It is studied as an ingredient that aids in boosting people’s immune system when they drink rosehip regularly. When seasons change, it’s easier for people to catch cold or flu viruses. Many people rely on drinks with higher vitamin contents to make it through these times.
Final Thoughts: Floral Teas For Spring Please
We can’t wait to stop brushing the snow off our cars in the morning. So many great things come in spring, and florals teas are at the top of the list. These colorful blends are calming and rich in antioxidants. There’s nothing like the aroma (and delightful flavor) of flowers to put you right in the spring mood.
Tea Tip: A splash of lemon juice or a spring of fresh mint is an excellent way to bring out the flavors of many floral teas. If you enjoy a sweet tasting tea, a spoonful of honey is the perfect sweetener. Not only does it taste better than sugar, but it also has more antioxidants.