Put a TWIST to your everyday tea with these common add-on ingredients.
Try vanilla in orange teas, Earl Grays or oolongs. It only takes a drop or two of vanilla extract to add big flavor to a cup of tea. Or infuse vanilla into loose leaf tea before brewing. For a cup of tea leaves, add 1 vanilla bean (cut lengthwise to let the flavor escape) and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Put it in an airtight container, shake to mix and let it infuse for at least a week.
Swirl a spoonful of fruit jam in English Breakfast tea instead of (or in addition to) sugar or honey. It's a popular in tradition in Russia and Korea, and it brings out tea's natural flavors.
In a teacup, breakup a cinnamon stick or add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Add boiling water and let it steep 10 minutes. Add a favorite teabag and let it steep a few minutes longer. Cinnamon, an antimicrobial, can help reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar. In addition, it's spicy scent can boost brain functions.
Lactose-free coconut milk is a creamy substitute to cow's milk that can be a tasty option for lactose intolerant individuals. It's especially good with chai and green teas.
While lemon juice is a classic tea trimming, lemon peel adds a vitamin and mineral boost that's more than 5 times what's found in lemon juice. Just grate it and sprinkle into your tea!