Christmas Tea Food & Drink Recipes

As we plan for the festivities, there are many ways to go that extra mile for your loved ones that require only a little bit of inspiration. Because tea is bold in flavour and comes in many flavours and aromas, it is the perfect ingredient in recipes. Earl Grey can offer delightful aromas, while fruits like rhubarb and berries make for a cracking base for many cocktails. Whether you’re looking for New Year’s Eve cocktail inspiration, a unique Christmas Dinner dessert, or want to warm up the party after a bracing Boxing Day walk, we have lovely tea-infused recipes to make Christmas this year that extra bit festive. 


1. The Winter Tea Warmer – the ideal mix of malty black tea and whisky. 


Irish Malt – Loose-Leaf Tea

One of our all-time favourite teas, Irish Malt is a delicious loose-leaf tea specially selected for its robust, spicy Assam flavours. Irish Malt tea is accented with hints of Irish whisky flavour and authentic cocoa pieces. The extravagant taste makes this a delightful tea malty and utterly tea-licious!

Irish Malt loose leaf tea


Irish Tea Hot Toddy 

Whisky and tea are, on occasion, the perfect match. Both are warming, flavourful and work incredibly well together. The infamous hot toddy is a favourite among many, and there are numerous versions of it. We love it on a cool weekend after a long walk. The additional benefits of local honey and fresh lemon make this warming tea toddy our firm favourite.

Irish Tea Hit Toddy


Ingredients (per person) 

• 45ml of Irish whisky

• 1 tbsp honey

• Freshly boiled water

1 tsp Irish Malt tea

• Slices of fresh lemon



  • Boil the water in the usual way
  • If preparing from more than one, add one teaspoon of tea per person
  • Steep the tea for a little longer than usual (5 minutes should do it)
  • Strain the tea into a chosen teacup or mug
  • Add honey & lemon and stir until the honey has dissolved
  • Add the whisky and gently stir
  • Have a little taste and add extra honey if you desire
  • Garnish with another lemon slice
  • Enjoy!


2. The Fruity Rhubarb Pudding – using rhubarb infused rooibos tea in a crumble


Rhubarb Cream Loose-Leaf Tea

Our Rhubarb Cream Loose-Leaf Tea is a heavenly fruity, and fresh rhubarb blend tea rounded off with the delicate sweetness of real bourbon vanilla.

The creamy and sweet rhubarb tea infusion contains rhubarb and apple pieces, hibiscus, rosehip peel, pineapple, mango and papaya, with fragrant marigold blossoms.

Rhubarb Cream loose leaf tea


Rhubarb Tea Crumble Recipe

Rhubarb Tea Crumble


Serves 6



• 500g rhubarb, cut into 3 cm pieces

• 120g caster sugar

4 Rhubarb Cream tea bags

• 200ml water

• Zest 1 orange



• 75g plain flour

• 35g oats

• 50g golden caster sugar

• 50g cold butter



• Make the compote, place the chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pan and cover. Simmer on a low heat for 10-15 mins until the rhubarb       softens

• While the mixture is simmering, brew the tea in 200ml of boiling water for 8-10 mins

• Pour the tea into the rhubarb, add the zest and simmer whilst stirring the mixture for five or so mins

• Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C

• Make the crumble topping, rubbing the flour, oats, sugar and butter together until crumbly

• Pour the compote into a baking tray and scatter the crumble on top

• Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown

• Best served with custard or ice cream!



3. After Dinner Pick-Me-Up – more than just mint tea


Nana Mint Organic – Loose-Leaf Tea 

Our Organic Nana Mint tea is a delicious caffeine free, herbal infsuion of aromatic leaves containing natural essential oils. 

Nana (Arabic: na'na' = mint) (also known as Moroccan Mint)  is a large-leafed, aromatic mint plant with a high percentage of essential oils. It tastes spicy and is very refreshing.

Nana Mint Organic loose leaf tea


Moroccan Mint Tea

In North Africa and the Middle East, mint is undoubtedly one of the most favourite beverages. 'Proper' Moroccan Tea is prepared with green tea, fresh spearmint leaves, and sugar blocks, which is famous for its strength, flavour, and potency. Drunk ceremonially and traditionally prepared by the male patriarch of the family, it is a sign of hospitality to guests, friends and family members. With the sugar and spearmint added to the teapot itself, the brewed and sweetened tea is elaborately poured into decorative glasses at a substantial height to aerate the infusion gently. Although 'Moroccan Tea' is considered a mint tea, it begins with strong green tea and lots of spearmint. 

Here's our recipe, which can be tweaked to taste, but sugar will play a considerable part in that because of the richness of the strong green tea.


Moroccan Tea Recipe

Moroccan Mint Tea

  • Boil (filtered) cold water
  • Place one teaspoon per person of Nana Mint green tea in a teapot
  • Pour over some freshly boiled water – swirl gently and discard the water retaining the tea – this process wakes up the tea!
  • Using the remaining boiled water, pour over the wet leaves
  • Steep the tea for 2 minutes
  • Add a handful of sprigs of fresh spearmint or dried peppermint to the pot
  • Add at least 3-4 teaspoons of granulated sugar into the teapot and stir
  • Allow the brew to infuse for 3-4 more minutes
  • Pour from a height (take care not to scald you or your friends!) into heat-proof glasses
  • Enjoy the bold, sweet flavours



4. New Year’s Eve Tropical Cocktail – a fruity punch with rum


Teavelope Copa Cabana Organic Tea Bags

Our organic Copa Cabana tea is a sweet-scented tropical fruit tea infusion that will take you on an exotic journey to Copacabana. The fruitiness of the rosehip, apples, hibiscus, orange and blackberry are expertly blended to create a fruity tea you’ll love.

Teavelope Copa Cabana teabags


Copa Cabana Tea Cocktail Recipe

This is a super easy way of making a delicious Copa Cabana cocktail for everyone to enjoy. 

Copa Cabana Tea Cocktail

Serves 2



  • Boil approx. 220ml of water
  • Brew x4 Teavelope Copa Cobana tea bags for 8-10 minutes
  • Allow to cool
  • Add the peach juice, coconut syrup and rum and stir
  • Finally add the ice cubes & serve with mint and lime to garnish




5. Earl Grey Infused Dessert Recipe – an aromatic showstopper


Tippy Golden Earl Grey

One of our best-sellers, this Tippy Golden Earl Grey, is a fragrant black tea flavoured with Bergamot. The delicately flowery black tea is aromatic and a delight on its own or with a slice of lemon and honey or sugar.

Tippy Golden Earl Grey loose leaf tea


Earl Grey Crème Brûlée Recipe

Nothing says “mmm” more than a home-made Crème Brûlée.

And because we love tea-infused recipes, we think that this Earl Grey infused Crème Brûlée is definitely worth a try!





  • Preheat oven to 170c (150c fan assisted)
  • Prepare ramekins in a deep baking tray or dish
  • Over medium heat in a pan, mix together vanilla pod seeds (you can throw in the pods too), double cream and milk, tea, and bring to a gentle simmer
  • Reduce to super low for 10 minutes and take off the heat
  • In a mixing bowl, add egg yolks to sugar and whisk for around 1 minute until creamy and a little fluffy
  • Pour the creamy vanilla mixture into the egg mixture and stir
  • Strain the entire mixture through a sieve
  • Pour the strained mixture into ramekins (already in the baking dish
  • Pour boiled water into the baking dish so that the water reaches to halfway up the ramekins
  • Place the bain-marie into the oven on a middle shelf and bake for 40-45 minutes
  • After baking, sprinkle over extra sugar and with a cook’s blow torch, fire up the sugar until it goes a nice burnt colour
  • Enjoy!






Posted by cup of tea admin
3rd December 2021

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