How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

Dried chrysanthemum flowers can be infused in water to make a caffeine-free tea. With its refreshing and mild honey flavor, it’s easy to make hot and iced.

How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum tea, also known as mums, is an herbal infusion made by steeping dried chrysanthemum flowers in water.

It’s a mild, pleasantly sweet drink and, like all types of tea, it can be made hot or iced.

  • It’s naturally caffeine-free.
  • Originated in Asia, mainly China.
  • Have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
  • Commonly used as a ‘cooling’ herb.

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Brewing Guide

BREW IT HOT
TEA:
1 teaspoon dried loose chrysanthemums
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
5 minutes

BREW IT COLD
TEA:
1 teaspoon dried loose chrysanthemums
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
12 hours

My Chrysanthemum Tea Pick:

Dried Chrysanthemum Tea Flowers for Tea

Questions You May Have

What does chrysanthemum tea taste like?
Slightly similar in taste to chamomile, chrysanthemum tea has a floral, herbal flavor that is super aromatic. It is mildly sweet with notes of honey.

Because of the herbal flavor, it can be a bit of an acquired taste. I’ve noticed most people don’t love it when they first try it.

Is there caffeine?
Since this herbal tea is made only from chrysanthemum flowers, it doesn’t contain any caffeine.

Are there any calories?
Nope, there are no calories in this tea.

Loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags?
Use loose, whole chrysanthemums to make a higher quality (and better tasting) tea.

Is chrysanthemum tea a real tea?
Chrysanthemum is an herbal tea, so it’s not a true tea. For a tea to be a true tea, it has to come from the camellia sinensis plant, like black or green tea.

No herbal tea is a real tea since they don’t come from the camellia sinensis plant.

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Chrysanthemum Tea Tips

  • A glass teapot is ideal for making herbal tea since you can watch the beautiful flowers open up and float around.
  • Chrysanthemum flowers can be cold brewed again if they haven’t fully opened.
  • If you want to sweeten your chrysanthemum tea, use honey. The flavor will compliment the natural honey notes in the tea.

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Easy Chrysanthemum Tea Ingredients

What You’ll Need

How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Easily

How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

If possible, use filtered water to make ANY kind of tea. The better the water, the better the tea.

I like to boil water using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. I set the water to 208°F, which is just under a full boil.

Make sure you boil extra water so that you can use it to warm up the teapot.

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5 Easy Steps to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

STEP 2: Warm up teapot.

Pour some of the freshly boiled hot water into a glass teapot, swirl the water around, then throw out the water.

I always make sure to warm up the teapot since doing so reduces a big drop in temperature once the boiled water is poured into the teapot.

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Easy Chrysanthemum Tea

STEP 3: Put chrysanthemums into teapot and add hot water.

The formula is 1 teaspoon of dried chrysanthemums for every cup of water.

How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

Chrysanthemum tea is very forgiving — it’s tough to oversteep.

I find 5 minutes to be the ideal brew time for most herbal teas, but you should experiment to see how you like it best.

It’s good to keep the teapot covered so the water stays nice and hot.

Chrysanthemum Tea

STEP 5: Strain chrysanthemum flowers and pour hot tea into a teacup.

You got yourself a lovely cup of hot chrysanthemum tea!

I find chrysanthemum tea to be sweet on its own but if you want it to be sweeter, add sugar, honey, or even date syrup.

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How to Make Iced Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

How to Make Iced Chrysanthemum Tea Properly

Want to know my secret to making the best iced tea EVER? Cold brew it! It’s how I always make my iced tea and it’s AMAZING.

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Cold Brew Chrysanthemum Tea

STEP 1: Put chrysanthemums and water in a pitcher or glass container.

The same amount of chrysanthemums are used to make hot tea and iced tea.

The formula is 1 teaspoon of dried chrysanthemum for every cup of water.

Put cool or room temperature filtered water into a pitcher and stir in the chrysanthemums.

(Filtered water will make the best tasting cold brewed tea.)

Cold Brew Iced Chrysanthemum Tea

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

Chrysanthemum tea can be left to steep for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To make cold brewing even easier, get a cold brew glass pitcher.

Iced Chrysanthemum Tea

STEP 3: Strain chrysanthemum flowers and pour tea into a cup.

Ice is optional when it comes to cold brewed tea since it’s already chilled.

 
 
How to Make Chrysanthemum Tea Properly
 
Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum Tea

Yield: Makes 1 serving

How to make hot & iced chrysanthemum tea properly.

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit to warm it up. Discard the water.
  3. Put chrysanthemums into teapot and add hot water.
  4. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Strain chrysanthemum flowers and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Notes

To make cold brew iced chrysanthemum tea:

  1. Put chrysanthemums and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
  3. Strain chrysanthemum flowers and pour tea into a cup.
    Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.


To sweeten your tea:

If you want to sweeten your tea, use simple syrup or honey simple syrup which will bring out the honey notes from the chrysanthemum tea.

You can easily make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar or honey and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

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