Ginger Tea Mix

  • 1-1/2 cup plain instant tea
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup instant powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered coffee creamer

In a resealable container combine all of the ingredients and stir with a fork or a whisk to distribute everything evenly. Store on the pantry shelf.

To Prepare: Combine 2 tablespoons Ginger Tea Mix with 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir the ingredients in a tea cup to dissolve. Serve with lemon cookies at tea time.

The English prefer milk or cream in their tea, while most Americans prefer lemon. I have an English grandmother who taught me to appreciate both methods of service. This recipe is very English in origin so it contains milk instead of the lemon most of us are more accustomed to. It is an odd little recipe, and the first time I made it I thought it would be fine for my personal consumption, but probably not worthy of sharing. Then friends and family members got a taste of it, and begged for the recipe. It tastes a little strange at first, certainly exotic, and then it grows on you, eventually becoming an addiction of almost shameful proportions. I recommend you make half the recipe the first time to give it a try, and then see if it casts it’s spell upon you, demanding you prepare it in every growing quantities. Makes an excellent gift for the holidays.

If this isn’t quite to your taste, try this English Breakfast Tea recipe instead, or browse through my frugal beverage recipe section for more ideas.

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Comments

  1. Kimberly says

    Fall is here in the South! I didn’t have all the instant mixes outlined above, but we just came in from riding and needed something warm to drink, so … I made my husband and I both a huge cup ‘o strong black tea, allowing it to steep for a couple of minutes, added 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1 teaspoon of sugar to each cup, along with a “splash” of milk. It’s warming and tasty…and it didn’t cost $3.25 per cup, either. ;-)

    The recipes on this site encourage me to try new things and give me ideas that enrich my table, without impoverishing my wallet. Thank you!

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