Whether it’s an afternoon with friends or your favorite Saturday morning ritual, sipping the perfect cup of tea is as much routine as it is relaxation. One of our favorite tricks to flavoring tea is to (you guessed it!) add Tahitian vanilla! It’s an easy way to change ordinary tea into something extraordinary. Here’s how:
- 1 cup of your favorite loose leaf tea or herbal tea
- 1 Tahitian vanilla bean*
- 1 airtight container
- With a sharp paring knife, split the bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds, a.k.a. vanilla caviar.
- Add the vanilla seeds and bean to the tea leaves.
- Seal the jar tightly and wait a week or so before using.
Homemade Tahitian Vanilla tea makes a great DIY gift.
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If you can't wait a week, add vanilla from Tahiti directly to your cup of hot tea: one drop of Tahitian vanilla extract, one tiny pinch of ground Tahitian vanilla powder, a quarter-inch snip of a fresh Tahitian vanilla bean, even a spent bean will work. Remember, a little goes a long way, so you don't need to add much.
*Note: Tahitian vanilla beans are larger, more moist and more plump than other beans. If you can’t use Tahitian vanilla beans, then use 2-3 times as many of the other types of vanilla beans.