A Chocolate & Cherry Valentine's Day Hot Tea
Be sure to scroll to the bottom and see gift boxes that can pair with the recipe!
With our Hendrick’s Tea House Ceylon black tea as the base, we’ve added flavor notes from a luxurious Black Forest cake with indulgent chocolate and black cherry syrups. It’s an alcohol free "mocktail," unless you'd like to add some Schwarzwälder Kirsch liquor (cherry Brandy) to make it even more reminiscent of the traditional German cake from the Black Forest region.
FLAVORS: This Black Forest Tea recipe is creamy and dessert-like but not overpoweringly sweet. The chocolate pairs well with black cherry and the richness of our black tea.
Add some Valentine's decadence by topping with whipped cream, a chocolate drizzle, and a cocktail cherry. It's great for an after dinner treat or a wintery Valentine’s drink to share with your loved ones or the “Galentine’s gal-palz.”
No added sugar beyond the cherry and chocolate syrups.
Recipe: Black Forest Tea
Makes 1 Serving
Alcohol Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan Option, Dairy-Free Option
Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time: 8 mins
2 tea bags Hendrick’s Tea House Ceylon Black Tea
1 cup hot water
½ tablespoon Chocolate Syrup
2 teaspoons Black Cherry Syrup (forego cherry syrup if adding the liquor recommended below)
½ cup milk of choice (we recommend something creamy, like whole milk or extra creamy almond/oat milk)
(optional) Whipped cream (for garnish)
(optional) Cocktail Cherry or Maraschino Chery (for garnish)
(optional) To make it a cocktail more reminiscent of Black Forest cake, add 1.5 oz (one shot) of Schwarzwälder Kirsch liquor. If you add liquor, you may want to add an extra 1-2 tsp of raw sugar, to taste.
14 oz heat-proof mug
1 microwave-safe pitcher
1 small spoon (to mix with)
Kettle to boil water
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Place 2 Hendrick’s Tea House black tea bags in a heat-proof mug.
Carefully pour the hot water into the mug with the tea bags. Steep for 5 - 7 minutes to make a tea concentrate.
As the tea is steeping, take out a microwave-safe pitcher and pour ½ cup milk of choice. Microwave on high for 40 seconds.
Once the milk is heated, pour ½ tbsp of chocolate syrup into the milk, and mix until fully incorporated. Set aside.
Once the tea is fully steeped, remove the two tea bags from the mug. Lift the tea bags onto a spoon and twist the tea bag string around the bags to gently squeeze the leftover super-steeped liquid out of the tea bags & into your mug. Then, discard the tea bags.
Want to be eco friendly? You can allow the tea bags to cool, open the tea bags and place the used tea granules in garden soil.
Pour the chocolate milk into the tea. Add 2 tsp of black cherry syrup, and stir.
(optional) If you choose to add liquor: forego the cherry syrup and add 1.5 oz (one shot) of Schwarzwälder Kirsch liquor. If you add liquor, you may want to add an extra 1-2 tsp of raw sugar, to taste.
(optional) Top the mug with whipped cream, an extra drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a cocktail or Maraschino cherry.
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Merch to pair with our Black Forest Tea Recipe
Valentine's Day Gift Set
Looking for a fun Valentine's treat or an indulgent "staycation?" pair this recipe with our Valentine's Day Gift Set. It's a fun gift to share with your significant other or for a group Galentine's “girls night;” this gift box makes for a great start to an at home high tea experience or some slow-down time for self care.
This elegant gift set includes one box of Hendrick’s Tea House premium Ceylon tea bags (pack of 20), a cute ceramic tea bag holder, chocolate-dipped cakes, a teacup & saucer, and a Valentine’s postcard (blank). See images below.**
A beautiful heart-themed experience from the moment you open the box.
Packaged with a heart-felt tea time in mind, whether it is meant for someone near or far, we hope our Hendrick’s Tea House Valentine’s Gift Set brings a smile and delight to those who receive it.
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