Still taking your black tea with cream and sugar? It’s time to get creative and start using it in your recipes. Black tea has a bold, rich flavor ranging from sweet to savory, making it the perfect secret ingredient to spruce up your goods.
When it comes to incorporating black tea in your food and drinks, there are a couple ways you can go about it. You can steep it, crush it, grind it, or use it as loose leaf. Each will have its own bonus depending upon the recipe.
If you’re ready to let your creative juices flow and satiate your cravings, try your hand at incorporating black tea in your cooking with one of these black tea recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, savory, or looking to quench your thirst, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.
1. Black Tea Infused Spinach Green Tea
Need a little caffeine boost with your healthy morning smoothie? Check this recipe out. It’s full of antioxidants, mango fiber, cashew protein, has a hint of honey sweetness, and gets a boost from the black tea.
2. Raspberry Infused Iced Black Tea Latte
No, this isn’t an Italian soda. It’s a creamy, fruity, earl grey iced tea recipe that tastes like heaven. This stuff is so good, you could even pour it over ice cream and really spoil yourself.
3. Peach Sweet Tea Sangria
Having folks over for a lazy afternoon? Whip up a batch of this pitcher sangria tea cocktail. Its sweet ice tea meets sangria in the best way.
To start, steep peach black tea bags with hot water and a touch of sugar, then chill. Once cold, add in your favorite white wine, fresh peaches, a twist of lemon juice, and fresh mint. Green tea’s got nothing on this recipe!
4. Thai Iced Tea
There was a point in my life when I was obsessed with Thai tea. The perfect balance between sweet, creamy, and tea, it’s hard not to love this stuff. While most Thai teas rely heavily on condensed milk to sweeten, this recipe offers a healthier option using coconut milk and organic black tea.
5. Tea Smoke Chinese Five Spice Salmon
As if smoked salmon wasn’t already amazing, this recipe takes it a step further by tea-smoking salmon in a wok after it spent an hour marinating in an orange, soy, ginger marinade. It may sound like a pro-chef status Asian recipe, but with 20 minutes of cook time, anyone can make this.
6. Tea Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Looking for a new pork rub? Try this recipe. It doubles up on the black tea by using it in the rub and in the gravy.
7. Thyme and Tea Rubbed Flank Steak with Gremolata
Juicy strips of flank steak only deserve the best and this recipe has it. Flank steak is marinated in black tea and citrus, then is rubbed with thyme, lemon zest, and tea leaves. The whole thing is then topped with a perfectly paired gremolata.
8. Black Tea and Peach Creamsicles
This goes way beyond the classic flavor of an orange creamsicle. A honey-infused Greek yogurt paired with peach flavored Pure Leaf Iced Black Tea gives you multi-layered peaches and cream popsicle, unlike any creamsicle you’ve ever had.
9. Chai Spiced Coconut Fig Pops
On a summer day, the last thing you probably want is a hot chai tea. Enter these chai popsicles. They are infused with the spiced chai and black tea flavors you love with an added bonus, fresh figs, and creamy coconut milk.
10. Orange and Olive Oil Black Tea Shortbread Cookies
These cookies were made for tea time. They’re infused with the richness of olive oil, zesty orange, and crushed black tea leaves. For a sweet twist, you can drizzle on an orange icing.
11. Black Tea Cake with Honey Buttercream
Decadence defines this cake best. It calls for brewing black tea in milk and then adding the milk tea along with tea leaves to the cake. It’s then complemented by a honey buttercream frosting which adds just the right amount of sweetness. It’s like the best cup of tea you’ve had, only in cake form.