15 Herbal Tea Drinks (and How to Make Them Properly)

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Most herbal teas are caffeine-free so they make great nighttime drinks. See how to make herbal tea from hibiscus to chamomile, properly, both hot and cold.

Chamomile tea in teapot

Herbal Tea

Herbal tea, also know as tisanes, are drinks made from steeping herbs, flowers, spices, or dried fruit in water.

  • Almost all herbal tea are caffeine-free. (Yerba mate is the exception.)
  • Since there’s no caffeine, you can drink it all day, into the evening without keeping you up at night.
  • Herbal tea is super easy to brew and doesn’t need to be as precise as making regular tea like black or green tea.

Herbal Tea Isn’t Real Tea

Herbals teas are not real tea since they don’t come from the camellia sinensis, the tea plant.

Real tea, like black tea and green tea, are made from leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, and they all contain caffeine.

Herbal Tea Tips

  • Loose herbal tea will always make a better tasting cup than herbals in tea bags.
  • Herbal tea doesn’t get bitter like black or green tea does when you steep it longer. If you want a stronger brew, steep it for longer than 5 minutes.
  • If you like herbal tea sweetened, try date syrup or honey as an alternative to sugar.

15 Herbal tea DrinkS

Peppermint Tea
How to make peppermint tea properly, hot and iced.
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Pouring rooibos tea into a glass mug.
Rooibos Tea
How to make this red-colored herbal tea properly, hot and cold.
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Vanilla rooibos tea latte
Rooibos Latte
Rooibos latte is a cozy hot drink perfect for evenings since there's no caffeine.
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Chamomile Tea
How to make chamomile tea properly, hot & iced.
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Chamomile Milk Tea Latte
Chamomile Tea Latte
Take your herbal tea game to the next level with this Chamomile Tea Latte.
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Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Make herbal teas in glass teapots so you can see the pretty colors as it steeps.

Hibiscus Tea
How to brew hibiscus tea properly to make the perfect cup every time. 
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Quick & Easy Ginger Tea from Scratch
A warming hot beverage made with ginger, lemon, and honey.
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Rose Tea
Make soothing rose tea, hot and cold, at home using dried rose buds.
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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Butterfly pea flower tea is an herbal tea that naturally turns blue when steeped in water. 
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Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
Gorgeous iced blue tea latte made with butterfly pea flowers.
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Lavender Tea
How to make lavender tea properly, hot and cold.
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Chrysanthemum Tea
How to make hot & iced chrysanthemum tea properly.
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Barley Tea
See how to make thirst-quenching hot and cold brew barley tea.
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Honey Citron Tea from Scratch
Korean Honey Citron Tea is an herbal drink made with yuzu or yuja fruit.
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Roasted Corn Tea
A mild, light drink, corn tea can be made hot or cold using roasted corn kernels.
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