Savor The Delights – How To Make Israeli Tea

Dear readers,

Welcome to my kitchen where I am thrilled to share with you one of my favorite tea recipes – Israeli tea. Being an Israeli chef, I find it essential to introduce you to the tea culture that thrives in my country. Among various Middle Eastern and North African tea cultures, Israeli tea has a unique and distinct taste and aroma.

This recipe is not just any ordinary cup of tea; it is an experience that can transport you to the bustling streets of Tel Aviv or the serene hills of Jerusalem. The fusion of ingredients used in this recipe creates an aromatic blend that is both soothing and refreshing.

I love this recipe for its versatility. It can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference. Moreover, the ingredients used in this recipe are easily available and affordable.

So join me on this culinary journey, as we explore the rich flavors and aromas of Israeli tea. Trust me; it’s worth giving it a try!


Ehud – Your Israeli Chef

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Israeli Tea
Israeli Tea

I daresay, my dear readers, that once you have tasted a sip of this Israeli Tea recipe, you shall be smitten with its delightful taste and fragrant aroma. This recipe is not just any ordinary tea recipe; it is rich in flavor, infused with exotic spices and fresh herbs that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling refreshed.

Firstly, the base of this tea is made up of black tea leaves which provide a robust and full-bodied flavor. Secondly, it is infused with cardamom seeds that give it a unique and aromatic taste which will awaken your senses. To top it all off, this tea is also blended with fresh mint leaves to lend it a refreshing and invigorating zing.

This Israeli Tea recipe is perfect for those who love experimenting with different types of tea recipes as it offers a burst of flavors that are sure to delight. Its versatility means that you can even swap out some of the spices or herbs for your favorites depending on your personal tastes.

Furthermore, the ingredients used in this recipe are readily available in most grocery stores or online markets, so you won’t have to go too far to gather them. The simplicity of this recipe makes it easy to prepare at home, without compromising on taste or quality.

Lastly, what better way to enjoy this tea than by pairing it with some delicious tea-time snacks like dry fruits or bottomless bites. It is perfect for social gatherings or lazy afternoons alone with a good book.

In summary, this Israeli Tea recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves exploring different tea recipes. Its flavorful blend of spices and herbs will transport you to a whole new world of taste sensations. So why wait? Whip up a cup today and experience for yourself the magic of this exquisite Israeli Tea recipe!

Ingredient List

 Sipping on a cup of Israeli Tea, perfect for an afternoon break.
Sipping on a cup of Israeli Tea, perfect for an afternoon break.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Israeli tea, a refreshing and aromatic beverage that’s perfect for any occasion. Make sure to have these items ready before starting the recipe:

For Israeli Tea:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tsp black tea leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves (or 1/2 tbsp dried mint leaves)
  • 5 cardamom seeds, crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Sugar, to taste

For Moroccan Mint Tea:

  • 1 c fresh mint leaves (or 1/4 c dried mint leaves)
  • 3-4 sprigs of lemon thyme or thyme sage
  • Sugar or honey, to taste
  • 2 cups boiling water

For Fruit Tea:

  • Hibiscus tea or dry fruit of your choice
  • Fresh mint leaves and lemon slices, for garnish

You can find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store or specialty food shops. Adjust the sugar level according to your preference. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of tea leaves or fruit combinations!

The Recipe How-To

 Aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom make this tea a heavenly experience for your senses.
Aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom make this tea a heavenly experience for your senses.

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients

First, gather your ingredients: 2 cups of boiling water, 2 tsp of black tea leaves or 2 tea bags, 1 c fresh mint leaves or Moroccan mint, 1 tsp of cardamom seeds, and sugar according to your preference.

Step 2: Steep the tea

In a teapot or saucepan, add the boiling water and black tea leaves or tea bags. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes until the tea reaches your desired strength.

Step 3: Add the herbs and spices

Next, add the fresh mint leaves or Moroccan mint and cardamom seeds into the teapot or saucepan. Stir gently and let it steep for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Step 4: Strain and sweeten

After steeping, use a strainer to remove any remaining tea leaves, mint leaves, or cardamom seeds from the tea. Once strained, add sugar according to your preference.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy

You can serve this Israeli tea recipe hot or cold over ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, lemon thyme, sage, or any other herb you like.

Remember that making tea is a personal experience. Feel free to experiment with different amounts of herbs and spices to get the flavor profile you like best!

Substitutions and Variations

 The steaming hot tea pours out of the teapot, creating a beautiful moment for the camera.
The steaming hot tea pours out of the teapot, creating a beautiful moment for the camera.

As with most recipes, this Israeli tea recipe can be tailored to your personal taste preferences. Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations:

– Instead of using black tea leaves, try using green tea or white tea leaves for a lighter flavor.

– For a fruity twist, add some hibiscus tea bags or dry fruit to the mix while brewing.

– If you can’t find fresh mint leaves, try using dried mint leaves or Moroccan mint tea bags.

– Switch out the cardamom seeds for cinnamon sticks or cloves for a warm, spiced flavor.

– To make iced tea, simply let the brewed tea cool and serve over ice. Add a splash of lemon juice or honey to sweeten to your liking.

– For an extra refreshing iced tea variation, add lemon thyme, sage or more mint to the mix.

Get creative and experiment with different flavor combinations – there’s no wrong way to make an Israeli tea recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 The unique blend of tea and fresh mint will awaken your taste buds with each sip.
The unique blend of tea and fresh mint will awaken your taste buds with each sip.

Once you’ve brewed the perfect cup of Israeli tea, it’s time to enjoy it. This deliciously sweet and spiced tea can pair well with a variety of dishes and snacks.

For a traditional experience, serve your Israeli tea with dry fruits or other Middle Eastern sweets. The sweetness of the pastries or fruits can complement the flavors of the tea and enhance the entire experience.

If you prefer savory snacks, try serving your tea with some buttery biscuits or crackers. The flavors of the tea, infused with fresh mint and cardamom seeds, can balance the saltiness in these treats.

Israeli tea also pairs well with many types of cheese, including tangy feta and creamy brie. The sharp, salty taste of cheese can offset any bitterness in the tea leaves and enhance its natural flavors.

For a more substantial meal, consider pairing your tea with Lebanese recipes such as hummus, falafel, fattoush salad or chicken shawarma. These iconic dishes are made from fresh ingredients and flavorful spices that perfectly match the essence of Israeli culture.

To sum up, as you sip on your freshly brewed Israeli tea flavored with cardamom seeds and mint leaves, experiment with different snacks and dishes to discover what complements this aromatic brew best.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A perfect recipe for those cold winter days, suffused with the warmth of the Middle East.
A perfect recipe for those cold winter days, suffused with the warmth of the Middle East.

If you want to serve this Israeli Tea recipe later or the next day, you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Simply let the tea cool down to room temperature, cover it with a lid, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. I recommend storing the mint leaves separately and only adding them just before serving, as they tend to wilt quickly.

To reheat the tea, pour it into a pot and heat it over medium-low heat until warmed through. You can also reheat it in the microwave by pouring it into a heat-proof container and heating on high for 30-second intervals until warmed through, stirring between intervals.

If you have any leftover brewed tea from your party or gathering, don’t throw it away! You can use the leftover tea to create refreshing iced tea drinks by adding some lemon juice, honey or sugar and some more mint leaves or fruits. For an extra twist, you can also mix different types of teas such as hibiscus tea or fruit teas with your leftover Israeli tea.

In conclusion, making this Israeli Tea recipe ahead of time is easy and convenient while storing leftovers allows you to enjoy them later without wasting any delicious flavor. You can even get creative with your leftover tea and transform them into delightful new beverages that will impress your guests!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of black tea leaves, floral notes, and spices will make you fall in love with this tea.
The combination of black tea leaves, floral notes, and spices will make you fall in love with this tea.

To create the perfect cup of Israeli tea, a few tips and tricks can make all the difference. Here are some tips to help make your tea taste as delicious as possible.

First, be sure to use high-quality ingredients. Using fresh mint leaves and cardamom seeds will enhance the flavor of the tea. Also, make sure to use tea bags or loose-leaf tea that is not too old – this can affect the flavor of the tea.

When boiling water, ensure that it is not too hot for your chosen tea. For green tea or mint tea, water at around 70°C is ideal, while for black teas like English Breakfast, use water heated to around 100°C.

Use a tea ball/strainer or a cheesecloth to remove any loose leaves/cardamom seeds before serving, this avoids any pieces in your cup.

For iced Israeli tea recipes, let the tea cool before adding ice or storing it in the fridge. This will prevent dilution from melting ice and maintain the strength of the flavor.

Lastly, experiment with additions such as honey or lemon. You can even add cinnamon sticks or hibiscus flowers to give an extra level of depth and taste to the recipe, try different combinations to reach your ideal taste.


As you prepare to master the Israeli tea recipe and incorporate it into your own tea culture, you may have some questions. Below, I’ve provided answers to some frequently asked questions about this recipe so that you can enjoy a perfect cup of Israeli tea every time.

What tea do they drink in Israel?

When it comes to herbal blends for drinking, most people tend to choose mixtures that do not include tea leaves. These blends are often called halitot infusions and are typically flavored with herbs such as spearmint, sage, lemon grass, lemon verbena, and sometimes even wormwood. Among these options, spearmint is the most popular flavor choice.

How to make Israeli dried fruit tea?

Preparing our fresh tea is incredibly easy. First, just add hot water to the dry fruit and stir it up before letting it brew for a solid 5 minutes. Prefer your tea cold? No problem! Just add ice as needed to make it nice and refreshing. Once you’ve enjoyed your tea, we highly recommend finishing off the rest of the dry fruit for an even richer experience.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Israeli tea recipe is a must-try for any tea lover out there. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can easily whip up a cup of delicious and refreshing tea in no time. Whether you prefer your tea hot or iced, with fruit or mint flavorings, this recipe allows for flexibility and personalization based on your likes and preferences.

With a plethora of health benefits associated with tea consumption, including boosting immunity, aiding digestion, and reducing stress levels, incorporating Israeli tea into your daily routine is a great way to promote overall well-being. Plus, it’s a great way to enjoy the rich cultural history and tradition of tea in Israel and beyond.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your cardamom seeds, fresh mint leaves, tea ball or bags, and boiling water and embark on a journey of flavor and health with this tasty recipe. Whether you are an experienced tea connoisseur or new to the world of tea culture in Israel and beyond, this recipe has something for everyone. So go ahead, brew up a cup of Israeli tea today and treat yourself to a little taste of Middle Eastern hospitality!

Israeli Tea

Israeli Tea Recipe

This is a strong tea served in Israel and middle east. I am posting this at the request of my Eldest daughter who loves this Tea and was afraid of loosing the family recipe, such as it is.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Israeli


  • 2 tablespoons strong loose tea
  • 3 cardamom seeds
  • sugar
  • cream


  • Set the tea kettle on bringing fresh water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile rest a tea strainer into the top of your teapot and place the tea and cardomon into the tea strainer.
  • When the water comes to a boil slowly pour it over the tea into the teapot till the teapot is full.
  • Put the lid on and let it rest 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove strainer.
  • Serve hot tea with sugar and cream to taste. We like it sweet and creamy.

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