Soothing and relaxing cinnamon tea recipe that could be enjoyed hot or cold. It tastes just amazing and with so many variations that you can never get bored of this tea.
If you’ve got some cinnamon in hand and you love tea then this post is for you. I can share amazing ideas to enjoy cinnamon tea every day with delicious flavors.
I love tea, it’s the most soothing pleasure after walnut brownies. It’s an after-meal love affair for me that is the perfect way to calm my mind before I finally doze off.
And I have another confession to make, I love to chew cinnamon and I like that cassia cinnamon for its stronger spicy taste. But a lot of it is not good.
Why you should try this tea?
- Cinnamon tea is simply cinnamon steeped in hot water until the water changes its color and is fragrant with cinnamon flavors. It tastes amazing and it is perfect to lift your mood.
- It has many health benefits like reducing inflammation, and blood sugar levels and helping weight loss. Find more about the benefit at Healthline.
Types of Cinnamon
There are two major types of cinnamon. The commonly available and cheaper cassia cinnamon and more delicate and expensive Ceylon cinnamon.
Briefly Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon is the thin inner bark of a cinnamon tree that curls upon drying. It has a mild aroma with a sweeter taste.
Cassia Cinnamon is thicker, rough outer bark of cinnamon tree with a stronger spicy taste and strong aroma. You can read about cinnamon varieties here at Cinnamon Vogue.
Which ones are better?
According to Healthline tea is made with both cinnamon varieties are healthy to consume. But cassia cinnamon is high in coumarin. So Cassia cinnamon should be consumed in moderation that is regular use in large amounts should be avoided.
You need just three basic ingredients for the cinnamon tea recipe. Other ingredients are variations.
- Cinnamon: I used Ceylon cinnamon for this recipe and I used 1 stick broken into 2. Depending on your type of cinnamon and how strong you want the tea to be. The amount of cinnamon used in tea can differ.
- Sweetener: Honey is most preferred choice. You can use any sweetener or can have it unsweetened as well.
- Lemon juice: A few drop of lemon juice add a lovely dimension.
- Optional add-in: Try to select any one spice and 1 tea.
- Tea: You can add either black tea or green tea to this tea which will boost its flavor as well benefits. We like both versions however green tea is my personal favourite.
- Spice: Ceylon cinnamon has a lovely taste and can taste amazing without any other spice. We personally like ginger cinnamon tea as ginger has its own benefits and helps reduce fatigue. Cardamom can be added as well.
How to make it?
The cinnamon tea recipe is straightforward and simple.
- The recipe is simple. Just take cinnamon a water in kettle and bring it to boil. (Also add ginger or cardamon, if using.)
- Then reduce heat and simmer. I found brewing for 5-7 minutes can yield most of the flavor from the bark.
- Look at that lovely color and the aroma that fill the kitchen is even more amazing.
- Serve. You add honey (or sweetener) directly to the kettle or you serve it along. I find it is better to add lemon juice directly to the individual serving.
- To make cinnamon green tea, add green tea to the kettle when the color of water has darkened enough. Cover the kettle and turn off the heat. Let it brew for 5 minutes. Then serve with honey and lemon.
- If making cinnamon black tea, add black tea when the color of cinnamon tea has darkened. Simmer for 1 minute and then serve with honey and lemon juice.
- Enjoy it hot or store in the fridge and have it cold.
Variations of this tea are endless. While tea and spice variations are clearly mentioned. You can also add fruity flavors to this.
Apple cinnamon tea: For apple tea you can either add apple slices directly to the tea. I’ve tried adding apple peels as well (after making this apple jam). They add a nice tangy flavor, skip the lemon juice. If making cold cinnamon tea, you can mix apple juice and skip the sweeter.
Orange cinnamon tea: Similarly, you can add orange zest to the tea along with cinnamon. Make sure to remove the white bitter part of the peel and add the zest only. If serving cold cinnamon tea, orange juice could be added as well. The process is similar to my Orange Peel Tea.
You can store cinnamon tea in the fridge for two days. And enjoy it hot or cold. We’ve tried mixing it with lemon or apple-flavored soda as well.
The used sticks can be dried by keeping them on the counter. The sticks can be reused in tea or other cooking but the flavor will not be as intense as most of the oils are released in the tea. But they still have some aroma after brewing.
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Cinnamon Tea Recipe
- 3 cup water
- 1 (6 inch) cinnamon sticks, see notes
- 2 tablespoons Honey, or other sweeter of choice to taste
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
Other optional additives
- ½ teaspoon black tea, or 1 tea bag
- 1 teaspoon green tea, or two tea bags
- 4 cardamoms
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Few mint leaves
- Just take cinnamon sticks and water in a kettle and bring it to boil. (Also add ginger or cardamon, if using.)
- Then reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the color of water darkens to reddish brown.
- Remove the sticks and then add honey.
- Strain the tea and serve with few drops of lemon juice.
To make cinnamon green tea:
- Add green tea to the kettle when the color of water has darkened enough. Cover the kettle and turn off the heat. Let it brew for 3-5 minutes. Then serve with honey and lemon.
To make cinnamon black tea:
- Add black tea when the color of cinnamon tea has darkened. Simmer for 1 minute and then serve with honey and lemon juice.
- Enjoy it hot or store in the fridge and have it cold.