There is nothing better than fall in Cleveland; I am in awe of our stunning landscape on a daily basis. The leaves are art, the golden hue cast on our waters is heavenly and the sight of geese in flight takes my breath away. Add in three hometown sports teams playing at once, pumpkin farms everywhere and homemade apple pie galore and life simply does not get any better. These are joys that few get to relish in, only us people so let’s enjoy every second.
One of my favorite ways to slow down and enjoy the moment especially when I am in need of a cozy warm up is hot tea, preferably homemade. By now you have probably tried our Lemon Ginger and Rosemary Tea recipes but this one is a little different. Homemade vanilla tea offers just a bit of creamy sweetness that isn’t found in a standard herbal blend. The best part is, it is super easy to make with ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. In addition, with the assistance of a hot and cold water cooler, your tea will ready in a matter of minutes.
You will need:
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 orange or black tea bag
- Start by placing all of the ingredients in a large mug.
- Next, fill your mug with instant hot water from your water cooler.
- Stir gently.
- Allow the tea bag to steep for 3-4 minutes (I usually cover my mug during this process to avoid losing any heat).
- Remove the tea bag.
- Stir in a dash of cream or milk if you desire, I don’t normally take cream in my tea but with this recipe, I do and recommend that you give it a try as well.
Viola, a gently sweetened tea that tastes extravagant but is actually quite the opposite. Cuddle up with a blanket on the porch or near a window and take some time to soak up this beautiful time of year. Better do it soon, we live in Cleveland, it could be a blizzard by tomorrow.
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