7 Ways to Spice Up Your Cup of Tea

These tasty options are good for you.


A cup of black tea.

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Teas come loose or in bags and in a huge variety of types. You may enjoy a brisk cup of black tea in the morning, green tea in the afternoon and an herbal blend in the evening. There is nothing like enjoying a hot cup of tea anytime of the day.

But if you are tired of plain tea and want to spice it up, there are plenty of easy ways to do so, according to Salon. You probably already have many of these seven tasty options in your kitchen.

Lemon Slices

The easiest way to add some flavor to plain tea is by adding some lemon slices. You can amp up the antioxidants that are naturally in tea by adding the vitamin C found in lemons. The practice of adding lemon to tea began in China and was later adopted by Europeans. Lemon goes very well with black teas like Earl Grey and is good hot or cold.

Enjoy a lemon slice in your cup of tea.

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Fresh Mint

Fresh peppermint or spearmint is a delicious addition to any cup of tea, black, green, and even in herbal teas like chamomile. If you don’t have fresh mint on hand, you can use a mint tea bag. Mint comes with a host of wellness benefits from helping you breathe better to improving your breath.

Moroccan tea cups.

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Maple Syrup

If honey isn’t your cup of tea but you crave some sweetness in your strong black tea, try maple syrup instead. The natural goodness of maple syrup dissolves quickly and is better for you then using sugar.  Maple syrup contains some important minerals including zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper, according to Web MD.

Canadian maple syrup.

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Healing Ginger

Ginger will add some spice and a bunch of health benefits to your tea, according to the Spoon University website. Ginger can help you feel better if you are nauseous and can aid in cold and flu recovery as well as help you fight off infections. Pair ginger with chai, green tea, or lemon tea.

Green tea with ginger and lemons.

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Cinnamon Spice

Nothing is more festive than adding cinnamon to your tea. This flavorful spice also has healing properties and has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times. That’s because it is high in antioxidants, can help reduce inflammation, and is good for heart health. Besides being an essential ingredient in making masala chai tea, cinnamon is good in black tea and green.

Indian masala chai tea.

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Very Berry

IWhile berries may seem like an unusual thing to put in tea, adding strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries in tea will make the tea taste rich and tone down any harshness. Berries are incredibly good for you because they are chock full of vitamins and minerals. You can add berries to black or green tea, hot or iced.

A cup of tea with berries.

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Non-Dairy Alternatives

If you enjoy the taste and creaminess of milk in your tea but are vegan, lactose intolerant, or want to avoid the fat content of dairy, then use a nondairy alternative instead, suggests Salon. The milk substitutes contain the right amount of sweetness to offset a strong bitter tea and some come with vanilla or nut flavorings. You can choose from soy, oat, rice, almond, and even more nondairy products in your local supermarket. Creamers are best paired with plain black tea or a blend like English breakfast or Earl Grey.

Pouring nondairy milk into a cup of tea.

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