I found a super simple recipe to make tea infused hot chocolates and I have been making them since. 10/10 would recommend this recipe by Savvy Eats which can be found here.
I have tried this with A Quarter to Tea’s Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding, Bird and Blend’s Monkey Chops and this time I am using 52 Tea’s Gingerbread Brulee. Each time has been delicious and distinctly flavored by the tea.
You start by cold brewing 1-1.5 teaspoons of tea in 1 cup of milk. The recipe says to do this for 20 minutes which I followed the first time and had a flavorful drink. Since then, I have set the cold brew up earlier so it steeps for longer just so I can get more flavor (usually I leave it cold brewing anywhere between an hour and 6 hours). It probably isn’t necessary for it to sit that long but it makes me happy. I also usually double the recipe, using 3 teaspoons of tea for 16 ounces of milk.
When the milk is done cold brewing I get to preparing the drink on the stove. If I doubled the milk, as I did with this hot chocolate, I also double the recommended cacao powder and chocolate chips, but still only use the one tablespoon of sugar. I tend to use either a 1:1 mixture of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, or just milk chocolate chips. I have salted caramel chips that I think I will try one time just to change things up but this particular hot chocolate was made with all milk chocolate chips because that was what was most easily accessible.
Now that I am drinking this hot chocolate, I think all milk chocolate chips was the right way to go. This tea is so true to gingerbread but the kind you’d make at home that isn’t overly processed or sweet. That means it is heavy on the ginger and has a richness from the molasses. That depth is balanced nicely by the sweet and creamy milk chocolate, a balance that might have been tilted more to bitter if there was semi-sweet chocolate in the mix. Not that that would have been particularly bad, just more adult and sometimes you just like the nostalgia of a sweeter, creamier hot chocolate. And nostalgic this is because it essentially tastes like I made gingerbread cookies and then let one just melt into my hot chocolate. So. Good!
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Being a tea enthusiast for some time, I’ve seen lots and lots of gorgeous pictures featuring the Libre Tea Infuser. I’ve always wanted one and was finally granted the chance. We review all sorts of teas on The SororiTea Sisters but sometimes having the right brewing vessel makes all the difference in the world and can amplify the tea experience that much more.
Libre Tea Infusers are gorgeous bottles that have a glass interior for tea steeping with a durable plastic exterior. That way only glass is touching the tea itself, but you are giving that extra layer of protection for the bottle itself. Which for me is a wonderful thing. To say I’m in love with this bottle is an understatement. After having one for just a few days, I bought two more.
Let’s chat about the look of the bottle itself. The look is marvelous-sleek with a side of elegance. The bottle is see through so you can see the tea leaves swirling around while the tea is steeping. The top of the bottle has a screw filter lid where you can easily drink the tea without the fear of a mouth full of leaves coming your way (with an additional lid to screw on top for ease of travel). That being said though, you do want to big careful which teas you brew in the Libre Tea Infuser. I would recommend the larger the leaves the better. I did brew a tea that had smaller and I do mean smaller inclusions in the blend and I did get quite a bit of those inclusions while drinking the tea. But that has only happened once.
What is really cool about this tea infuser is the versatility. You can add in hot water and enjoy a lovely hot brew for some time. Or you can add in some cold water and ice for a cold brew. I’ve done both and been incredibly happy with the results. I was originally worried about the tea over steeping but so far I haven’t had issues with that. I actually have been drinking a lot more unflavored teas and the flavors have been perfection when used with the Libre Tea Infuser.
All in all, this is one of the best vessels available for tea drinkers on the go and even just to have on hand for ease of drinking tea. What I love is I can basically store away all of my other tea tools and instruments to make that perfect cuppa because everything I really need the Libre Tea Infuser accomplishes for me.
And lucky for our readers, The SororiTea Sisters are giving a Libre Tea Away!
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Where to Buy: Libre Tea Infuser
Libre is the stylish and convenient solution for all infusions on the go – loose teas, fruit water infusions – in fact any beverage!! No flavour transfer with the glass interior.