get ready for a taste of an easy and comforting drink that’s perfect hot or cold – the cinnamon tea. it’s a soothing choice whether you wish to enjoy it as a warm arvo pick-me-up or a comforting pre-sleep sip.
plus, it’s super easy to make! you can even whip up big batches for a party or to save for later – it stays perfectly fine in the refrigerator. hosting an afternoon tea party? let the lively kick of this tea amplify the liveliness of the gathering.
we'll show you exactly how to make cinnamon tea at home, so you can enjoy it yourself or treat your guests to it.
introduction to cinnamon tea
this tea is brewed using the inner bark of cinnamon trees, a spice most of us recognise for its iconic curly or quill-like shape. these spices with woody fragrance and distinct taste have potential health benefits – but that’s a topic for another day.
cinnamon is famous for its flavour and aroma, especially in making this outstanding beverage. it infuses the tea with its essence for a subtly sweet, calming and slightly exotic profile. making it is easy – just let cinnamon soak in hot water to bring out its aroma and flavour. you can also make it by mixing it with other tea types like black tea or green tea for an enhanced flavour.
the drink is soothing with or without a tea base yet expressing that pleasure in words can be challenging. but take a sip, and you’ll soon know what we’re trying to convey. the warm and amber tea with an inviting fragrance lets you have an outstanding tea experience and keeps growing on you. you can have this experience with piping hot tea during the chilly season or iced tea during the scorching aussie summer – either way, this tea hits the mark.
if this has piqued your interest, let's explore our cinnamon tea recipe and get all the details to make this drink.
how to make cinnamon tea at home
let’s explore the art of making this drink at home using our guide on how to make cinnamon tea. it lets you discover the perfect fusion of warmth and flavour as we walk you through the process.
while we have used teapigs english breakfast tea bags, you may go for the lighter tones of green tea. our cinnamon tea recipe gives you that flexibility and lets you experiment with different options as you master how to make cinnamon tea at home.
3 calories, 0g fat, 1g carbs, 0g protein
- saucepan or pot
- 2 black tea bags (teapigs english breakfast or your favourite black tea blend)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (medium size)
- 5 cups water
- 1-2 tablespoons honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
note on ingredients:
cinnamon: no surprises here! it’s the main ingredient whose stick form is used in the recipe. however, you can switch it up with powdered cinnamon – approximately 1 teaspoon per cup should be fine.
tea type: for this recipe, you can go for either loose tea or teabags of your preferred black tea, green tea or rooibos tea – they all make excellent choices. by the way, you can even make this drink without any base tea.
sweetener: you can skip this if you prefer unsweetened tea; otherwise, just go ahead and use any available sweeteners. in our experience, honey complements the tea and enhances its flavour profile. nevertheless, feel free to explore all the options – you can even go for sugar-free sweeteners. it’s best to experiment with different options while learning how to make cinnamon tea.
organise the ingredients: before you get started with the cinnamon tea recipe, ensure you have all the required ingredients.
boil and infuse the water: with all the ingredients handy, you can start by adding cinnamon and water to a saucepan or pot and letting it boil. once it’s boiled, reduce the heat and let the cinnamon sticks steep in it for about 10-12 minutes.
add tea bags: now, turn off the heat and add the black tea bags. let them steep for about 3 minutes, however, you can continue steeping for longer if you like a stronger flavour.
strain into teapot: taste the drink to check the flavour, and if you like it – remove the tea bags to prevent over-steeping and ensure a nice flavour without any bitterness. now, strain the tea into a teapot.
add sweetener (optional): need to sweeten your tea? add honey or your preferred sweetener. if you do, start with 1-2 tablespoons – then taste and add some more, if required.
iced tea (optional): if you’re making the iced version, let it chill in the fridge. then add ice while serving.
serve: pour the tasty tea into teacups and enjoy. fancy pairing it with snacks? check out the next section for more details.
pairing cinnamon tea with treats
although this tea pairs nicely with several food items, let’s explore a few interesting options.
for a classic afternoon tea experience, you can enjoy the tea alongside shortbread, scones, pastries and jam-filled cookies. the mix of black tea and cinnamon gives a bold flavour that complements the richness of these sweets – it’s an amazing combination that’s very enjoyable, especially during gatherings.
and if you're feeling a bit fancy, try pairing your cinnamon black tea with dark chocolate. we’ve tried it, and like the way tea enhances the flavour of the chocolate. now, if you like some contrast in flavours, try combining the tea with treats that have a lemon or tart flavour. you may enjoy the nice contrast between the strong flavour of tea and the refreshing citrus taste.
however, when you make this tea without a base tea or with a light tea variety (like green tea) it’s best to go for lighter food – something like salads, fruits, sandwiches, fish dishes and mini quiches. the warm and slightly exotic notes of the cinnamon enhance the freshness of fruits and salads and complement the varied textures of other snacks.
the above combinations create an outstanding tea experience. however, there are no strict rules with this tea, so feel free to get creative.
variations of cinnamon tea
apple-cinnamon: just add teapigs apple & cinnamon tea bags to your mix for an effortlessly sweetened drink – it combines the amazing flavours of apple and cinnamon.
ceylon and cassia variation: ceylon cinnamon gives a delicate sweetness with mild and complex notes, making it ideal for subtle flavour profiles in tea. on the other hand, cassia cinnamon is bolder, with more robustness and spicy warmth. it gives a more intense flavour. usually, ceylon cinnamon is used in this tea, but you can experiment with both in your cinnamon tea recipe.
ginger-cinnamon: spice up your tea with a small piece of finely sliced fresh ginger root or ginger powder. you can even add other spices like nutmeg or cloves.
turmeric-cinnamon: many of us add a pinch of freshly cracked black pepper and slices of fresh turmeric to enhance the taste and potential health benefits of the tea.
cinnamon-black tea with milk: you can enjoy it as a traditional tea by adding some milk (dairy or non-dairy) to your cup.
we recommend these delicious variations for an interesting tea experience, but you also always customise it further.
as we conclude our guide on cinnamon infused tea, we really hope you’ll take a shot at mastering how to make cinnamon tea and unlock an amazing tea experience. the simplicity of the cinnamon tea recipe makes it easier to enjoy it, without putting in too much effort. you can even explore its variations and add some more excitement to your teatime.
it’s a joy to have this tea at any time and any occasion – no need to overthink about the right time to have it. don’t wait or hesitate! it's your turn to try it out. experience the joy and share it with friends.
faqs on cinnamon tea
Q. how do i store cinnamon for making tea?
A. you must store cinnamon in a cool, dark place, preferably in an airtight container. it’s also crucial to ensure that it's away from heat and sunlight, to preserve its flavour and aroma. storing the spice this way allows you to enjoy its rich flavour when you brew your cinnamon tea recipe.
Q. can i use cinnamon powder instead of cinnamon sticks?
A. you can use cinnamon powder instead of sticks for making this tea – a teaspoon of cinnamon powder would be sufficient for a cup. while cinnamon powder is a good option, using cinnamon sticks is preferable for making this tea. that’s because, sticks release flavours more gradually and they also strain easily, avoiding residue.
Q. what is the ideal brewing time for cinnamon tea?
A. the ideal brewing time for cinnamon black tea is around 8-10 minutes, with an additional 2-3 minutes if you're using black tea as a base. this brewing time allows the flavours from the cinnamon sticks and black tea to infuse fully. however, you can adjust the time to make it stronger or milder.
Q. what are some unique spices to pair with cinnamon in tea?
A. you can pair cinnamon with spices like cardamom and cloves to give your tea a warmer flavour. additionally, you can add ginger or some sweet nutmeg for extra flair. combining these spices makes a unique and tasty blend, making your tea experience more enjoyable – with a mix of wonderful aromas and flavours.