International Tea Day: 5 immunity-boosting tea recipes for winter

International Tea Day: The special day is almost here. Every year, international Tea Day is celebrated across the world, especially in the tea-producing countries. The long list of countries includes Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania. These countries celebrate International Tea Day on December 15. On this day, people are made aware of the cultural and historical significance of tea and how it has travelled through time and history to become of the most loved beverages of the world. People also urge the government to take up initiatives to increase tea production and create equal wages for the tea workers of the countries.

During winter, tea is one of the go-to beverages for all of us. It helps in boosting immunity and making us feel the must-needed warmth during these cold times. Some of the types of tea are also extremely healthy – from turmeric tea to ginger tea. We have curated a list of recipes for three of the most immunity-boosting tea which will help you face the winter season with a better health:

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Turmeric tea:


Boiling filtered or distilled water – 2 cups

Ground turmeric (or 2-inch piece turmeric root, peeled and thinly sliced) – 2 teaspoons

Chopped fresh ginger (1/2 teaspoon ground ginger) – 1 tablespoon

1 cinnamon stick

Lemon zest (or 1-inch piece lemon peel) – 1/2 teaspoon

Honey, to taste – 4 teaspoons

Lemon wedges, for garnish


In boiling water, add turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and lemon zest together. Stir together and let it boil for 5 minutes. Strain into tea cup and add honey and garnish with lemon wedges.

(Recipe: The Spruce Eats/

Masala tea:


For Chai Masala

Cardamom – 15nos

Cloves – 5nos

Peppercorn – 5nos

Cinnamon Stick (2”) – 1 no

Nutmeg – a small piece

Saunf – 1tbsp

Rose petals (dry)- 3tbsp

Ginger powder – ½ tsp

For Masala Chai

Water – 4 Teacups

Tea Leaves – 4tbsp

Sugar – 4tbsp

Milk – 2Teacups

Chai Masala – ¾ tsp


Heat a pan and roast cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, saunf and rose petals. Crush them together to a fine paste. Add ginger powder to it and mix together. Then, in boiling water, add tea leaves, sugar, milk and the homemade chai masala. Bring to a boil and simmer for a minute. Strain in a cup and serve.

(Recipe: Kunal Kapur, Chef)

Pepper tea:


2-1/2 cups Water

1 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns, pounded

1 teaspoon Honey

1 teaspoon Lemon juice

1 inch Ginger, grated (optional)


In pan, boil water with crushed pepper and ginger. When the water gets reduced, strain it into tea cups, add honey and lemon juice and serve.

(Recipe: Archana Doshi,