As the weather gets a bit chillier, the flavors in Kat’s food and drink slowly start to change. She adds warming spices, citrus, and maple syrup! I remember a very long time ago when Char took me on a maple sugaring adventure. We learned how to tap the trees to slowly collect the sap (I was very impatient!) and we visited the sugaring shack to learn how to process that liquid gold. The smell of boiling maple syrup was heavenly. The day was so chilly, and it was almost impossible to sit on my saucer since it was so cold! But we warmed up with a little tea picnic. Char was brewing a lovely cinnamon tea, and decided to add a bit of the maple syrup she had just purchased to sweeten it up. What an inspired idea! Char loved it so much that she shared this sweet wintertime secret with Kat.
Kat decided she could take the maple flavor a step further, and create an even more satisfying sweet drink. For a delicious tea infused with maple syrup, Kat makes this lovely sweet treat:
1 Cup brewed black tea
1 tbsp maple syrup
Whipped cream to taste
½ tsp vanilla
Dash of cinnamon (powdered or freshly ground)
Brew the tea and mix in the maple syrup and vanilla. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon. If you are unable to sit and gaze at the fall leaves, this drink will take you to a mountain vista bursting with fall colors.
You can add a touch of maple syrup to just about any tea for that hint of autumn sweetness. Kat is particularly fond of adding it to rooibos when she’s craving something sweet after dinner.
If you are looking for a tea that already has the maple flavor added in, Kat likes to indulge in “Oh Canada” from DAVIDsTEA. I love the adorable maple leaves! The scent and flavor is completely of maple- sweet, and earthy. It brings to mind a walk in the woods. You can imagine the smoky smell from campfires, and hear the swish of wind rustling the leaves. A friend of Kat’s brought this tea over as a hostess gift, and she was taken with the appearance right away. The scent and flavor of the tea sealed the deal. She brings this out any time she’s craving that maple flavor.
Kat craves maple flavors as soon as the temperature starts to drop. It just makes everything feel cozier. When I smell maple, I imagine thick wool sweaters and warm fuzzy socks. Also, pancakes! Putting a drop of the sweet stuff in your tea is sure to keep you warm all season long.