While a really excellent cup of tea is best enjoyed “au natural,” variety is the spice of life, so here you’ll find a plethora of add ins that will enable you to customize your tea. While there are not right or wrong amounts to add, some add ins just don’t go together – like milk AND lemon. Print out our guide and play around with these, everyone loves options and variety.
Milk: While milk does mask the subtle flavors and characteristics of some teas, using a strong, black tea base and milk creates a comforting, delightful beverage.
How to add it: Warm it up and serve alongside the brewed cup of tea. Add just a splash (around a tablespoon per cup of tea) or more if desired. Stir.
Never use cream in place of milk, it's just too heavy and fatty for tea.
Milk Substitutes: Oat Milk, Almond milk, Chocolate milk? Give them a try, a strong or even double brew of chai might work with these.
Honey: As a sweetener, honey would not be my first choice, it really adds a flavor more than it create a sugary profile. However, in a mild flavored tea like Chamomile it really makes the flavors perk up, but in a stronger tea, I'd choose sugar or...
Agave: Love this as a sweetener, it doesn't alter the teas base flavors, but livens them up. Try in a fruit-forward tea like Blood Orange or Pomegranate.
Monk fruit: It's not bad, very mild, in fact you'll end up adding a lot more than agave or honey, and it takes almost twice as much as cane or beet sugar.
Hard Rock Candy Sticks: Super classy, but not an effective means of sweetening your tea. If you must swirl with the stick, add some superfine sugar first (dissolves ever so quickly) for your tea will become cold before that stick dissipates.
Raw sugar: Meh. Molasses? Na.
Sugar substitutes: Of course, if you must. Monk fruit is not bad, very mild, in fact you'll end up adding a lot more of it than agave or honey, and it takes almost twice as much as cane or beet sugar. Sucralose, saccharin, Stevia, aspartame, all sweeten at various levels, just add to taste. Remember, you can add more, but you can't take any out - save the tea!