Move over, coffee! Premium teas are edging out java for status in brewed beverages.

“Tea is exceedingly powerful, representing authenticity, beauty and design to discriminating consumers,” says Judy Ramberg, a consumer strategist focused on food and beverages for Iconoculture, a leading consumer research firm. “Today’s consumer is hungry for lifestyle experiences that are premium and yet accessible—little luxuries that can be savored every day. The elegant simplicity of tea represents a lifestyle choice.”

Hot & Spicy Chocolate Tea

Serves 2

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  1. In 2-quart saucepan, bring milk and water just to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Cover and brew 1½ minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Recipe and photo courtesy of Lipton