The holidays are just around the corner– which means great food and delicious desserts. And a tasty meal or snack is not complete without the perfect cup of tea. Celestial Seasonings’ “Candy Cane Lane” Holiday Tea is a naturally sweet peppermint decaffeinated green tea that brings nostalgia with its holiday taste.
To prepare this beverage, take one tea bag and place it in your favorite tea cup or festive mug. Heat up your water to almost boiling, then pour onto the tea. Add sweetener or honey if you desire, but the tea’s vanilla mint blend is naturally on the sweeter side, so it tastes great even without. Drink it hot to warm up after a day in the cold, or add ice and more tea over four cups water to prepare a pitcher of the fresh, cold drink.
Living up to its name, the tea almost tastes like liquid candy cane. At first taste, mint and vanilla overwhelm the senses, and the peppermint aroma cools the sinuses (which is great during cold and flu season). Cinnamon then melds with the green tea for a slight spice. Finally, citrus, blackberry and chicory add a tart kick to the drink.
This tea tastes great with everything from a full meal of ham or turkey and dressing, to a tasty dessert of cookies or pie. You can drink it any time of the day, since it is decaffeinated. It is not extremely strong or dry, and being on the lighter side, Candy Cane Lane is a tea that both the young and old can enjoy. While it has qualities of other minty teas, like Bigelow’s Peppermint Herbal and Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepy Time Sinus Soother, the orange peel, cinnamon and vanilla bean flavors add festiveness to your cup.