These winter teas are perfect to curl up with on wintry, chilly days. From morning brews to afternoon tea, late-day tea, and even after-dinner tea blends, deliciously suited for blustery days of winter.
These teas will help warm your toes, brighten your outlook and even bring healing goodness to your body.
Why Drinking Tea is a Good Thing
Tea has long been loved for its health benefits. In fact, if you’re an herbal tea lover, you might want to check out our post on 9 Healthy Herbal Teas to add to your winter beverage selection.
Recent studies show that drinking 3 cups of tea a week can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
And then there is the warming ritual of freshly brewed tea on a winter’s day that cheers and brightens and helps, in some ways, put everything into perspective.
It’s been rightly written:
“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
― William Ewart Gladstone
The following teas are my choices of winter-perfect bends of tea, no matter the time of day.
5 Winter Teas to Keep You Warm
1. Morning Tea: English Breakfast Tea
Winter’s dark mornings require a strong tea, fully caffeinated to get the day started. All breakfast teas are delightful including Irish Breakfast Tea, English Breakfast Tea, and Scottish Breakfast Tea. You can read about the differences between the two in our Irish Breakfast Tea post.
If you want to up the caffeine level on any given morning, consider Yerba Mate Tea, which is the highest caffeinated tea at about 85 mg per cup as opposed to black tea which generally contains about 60 mg of caffeine per cup.
Drink a cup (or two) with your breakfast and you’ll be ready to get your winter day started.
Buy it: Twinings of London English Breakfast Tea ($9), amazon.com
2. Late Morning Tea: Winter Cinnamon Chai Tea
There is a late morning lull, generally around 11 a.m., that deserves a deliciously flavored warm cup of tea. The British understand this lull and often take a tea break with a few teatime snacks.
Treat yourself to a 10 to 15-minute tea break on any given late morning and recharge your energy and focus. Black tea with warm spices, like this Chai Tea flavored with cinnamon, orange, and sweet cloves, is perfect for late morning.
Indulge those minutes with perhaps a tea cookie, scone, or fruit snack to energize your productivity.
Buy it: Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spiced Tea ($12), amazon.com
3. Afternoon Tea: White Earl Grey Tea
As icy winter winds bluster and howl through bare tree branches, eves and corners of the house, a chill runs down your spine, even in toasty dwelling spaces. There is nothing quite like a warm cup of tea, in your favorite teacup, on a winter’s day. Celebrate the season and take an afternoon tea with a cup of tea.
Earl Grey Tea is always a good idea, but a White Earl Grey Tea seems especially appropriate for a winter afternoon. Pair that with a scone, perhaps mini quiche defrosted from the freezer, and a few quick finger sandwiches, and the respite as quickly evolved into a winter teatime. Invite a few friends or family members to join you… here are some ideas for a Winter Afternoon Tea.
This lovely tea has a light, lemony flavor. It combines healthy white tea and an enlivening effect. It pairs beautifully with teatime snacks or even Lemon Biscotti.
Buy it: Harney & Sons White Earl Grey Tea ($11) amazon.com
4. After Dinner: After Meal Tea
Wintertime dinners can be on the heavier and richer side. Comfort foods that warm our toes can tend to also settle in our tummies. While I absolutely love these meals, sometimes I need a digestive tea to help settle the food.
Teas and tisanes have long been used after meals as a stomach settler and digestive aid. Herbal teas that contain natural digestive ingredients like mint, ginger, fennel, caraway, and rosemary are perfect choices. You can read more on our 9 Healthy Herbal Teas post.
While I absolutely love to make my own Lemon Ginger Tea, it’s also nice to quickly brew a caffeine-free cup of comfort. The After Meal Orange Ginger Mint Tea is soothing to the digestive system.
Buy it: Republic of Tea After Meal Orange Ginger Mint Tea ($15), amazon.com
5. Bedtime: Sweet Dreams
Winter evenings often put a chill in the air, and for me, a mind that is still churning with ideas and to-do lists. Settling both your mind and your body is critical for a good night’s sleep. Classic tea brews, like Sleepytime Tea, or Camomile Tea, can have a calming effect on both.
As you slowly sip that last cup of warming tea at the end of a winter day, take time to feel the warm cup of tea in your hands, breath in its steamy warmth, and let your mind rest. It’s my time to recount the blessings of the day, let thankfulness bloom in my mind and spirit, and ask for guidance in the days to come.
Tea is a wonderful companion to a winter night’s sleep, warming both your toes and your thoughts.
Buy it: Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams Tea ($17), amazon.com