Happy first week of December everyone! It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite. I love all the decorations, trimming the tree, holiday lights, warm mugs of drinking chocolate and teas and gift giving. Holiday baking is also among my favorite things as well. In our house, the months of October and November are filled with pumpkin everything, but December brings gingerbread and peppermint. Everything from gingerbread cookies to cakes and chocolate peppermint bark is what you’ll find in my kitchen around this time of year. Every holiday is meant for baking, but Christmas is by far the best.
Today I’m sharing one my new favorite ways to enjoy hot tea that has lots of holiday flare. Tea lattes have become all the rage over the last couple years. I love a good chai tea latte even though I rarely order them. It’s difficult for me to choose tea over coffee because coffee has my heart. Hot tea makes a great after dinner treat because many varieties are naturally caffeine free. There is something about cozying up with a blanket and a good movie that makes cold winter nights more enjoyable. I think a hot mug of tea or soup makes this even better.
Gingerbread tea is the perfect way to enjoy the seasonal flavor of gingerbread without all the extra calories of actual gingerbread. Don’t get me wrong, I love making gingerbread treats. This gingerbread tea latte is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without having to indulge in something heavier. This drink is delicious all on its own, but would be perfect with some fruit or a biscuit as a snack.
I love adding honey to my tea, but sometimes it can be so messy. There is nothing worse than getting out a jar of honey for a teaspoons worth just to have it run down the side of the jar or all over the counter. These new Nektar honey crystals are no mess and can be used nearly anywhere you would use regular honey. They are now available at Walmart and have an easy open top. I really enjoyed being able to shake some honey crystals into a hot cup of tea without making a mess on the counter.
I was a little surprised that the Nektar honey crystals tasted like honey because they are fortified with cane sugar. They blended into the flavor of my tea nicely and tasted a lot like honey. I am spoiled living in Georgia because there are so many local beekeepers that you can find rich local honey nearly everywhere. I like cooking with local honey for my allergies and like being able to choose between the flavors, so that would be my only hesitation on using the Nektar honey crystals instead of local raw honey all the time.
The honey crystals would be great for traveling though because there is no mess. I can see sprinkling them into my pre race oatmeal cup. Overall I was really pleased with the honey crystals because they are mess free and so easy to stir or sprinkle into anything.
To share in the fun, I will be giving away a bottle of Nektar honey crystals to one lucky reader! The giveaway will run from today until Monday, December 7th at midnight EST. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday, December 8th and will have 24 hours to respond. Don’t forget to throw your name into the rafflecopter below!
p.s. I think these would be a cute addition to a holiday tea gift basket. I am all about a gift basket, ya’ll!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Heat milk.
- Add tea bags and steep 4-6 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and add honey crystals.
- Serve and garnish with cinnamon.
I was selected to review the Nektar honey crystals used in this recipe. I was provided with the product to review, but not compensated for my review. As usual, all opinions are my own.
What is your favorite what to enjoy holiday flavors?