Yes you read that right. Morning cup of choco-mint tea and it’s good otherwise I wouldn’t be drinking it. No I didn’t buy it from any where. My financial situation doesn’t allow for that. So I have to get creative.
My morning cuppa includes a dose of echinacea from Traditional Medicinals – Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat Tea. I love that tea. It has been a true God-send. I don’t know how stress manifests in you but in me, it always shows up as a sore or scratchy throat.
Despite having my disease-riddled tonsils removed (and donated to science at my ENT’s urging) ten years ago, I still suffer from throat irritation more mornings than not. Traditional Medicinals’ Throat Coat tea actually soothes my throat and unless I have a cold, it stays soothed until I do something boneheaded to irritate it. (Like hangout in a dry room and not drink my eight glasses of tea–I mean water).
Unfortunately, Throat Coat tastes like grass which is ok. It’s a natural tea made from soothing roots, leaves and barks and it does the job. I have been on a quest since I found that tea to find the perfect pairing for it.
Behold brave souls, I think I have found it. Not the holy grail but the right combo that makes my morning throat soothing ritual something to savor. Get ready to dive into the best cuppa tea you’ve ever had.
The challenge: find the perfect pairing for my Throat Coat tea to elevate my morning cuppa to a swoon-worthy event.
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia powder (or two packets of stevia)
- 1 teabag Traditional Medicinals – Lemon Echinacea Throat Coat Tea
- 1 teabag Bigelow Peppermint Bark herbal tea
- 1/2 teaspoon (or more if you’re using this as a nightcap) Creme de Menthe (you can make your own here or buy it from your local liquor store like I did)
- 16 oz not-quite-boiling water
Place stevia, creme de menthe and teabags into 16 oz cup (you can set this up ahead of time if, like me, you do mornings only because people pay you to). Pour your not-quite-boiling water over them. Let steep for 10 minutes. Drink to your heart’s content.
For a twist, try adding a quarter teaspoon at a time of cocoa powder. I suggest a quarter teaspoon to start because water and chocolate don’t mix easily without a whisk. I don’t know about you, but I have zero ability to whisk anything at 6:30 am. I’m lucky the hot water lands in the cup.
Next drinkable trial? Raspberry (tea) lemonade.