Winter Warming Tea Recipe

Chinese red date tea in small cups

We are a family of boba lovers. In the summer I often make our favorite drink—blended watermelon with boba—just two ingredients but so refreshing and cooling! During the colder months, I like to make a non-caffeinated tea which the kids enjoy warm with boba, a reward for reading Sagebooks. This warming tea recipe includes Chinese red dates, longan, goji berries, and ginger, but you can add or omit ingredients to your taste.

We are recovering from the flu and the red dates and goji berries are packed with vitamins that support the immune system, among other health benefits such as improving blood pressure and more radiant skin. A popular boba chain near my office has a similar tea on their menu for $5 each cup. Save money by making this simple warming tea recipe at home!

Warming Tea Recipe

Start to finish: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup dried Chinese dates
  • 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 4 dried longan (optional)
  • fresh ginger slice (optional)
  • dried mandarin peel (optional)
  • sweetener (optional, a quality local honey is best)
  • 6 cups of Water


  1. Bring water and all ingredients except sweetener to a boil.
  2. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Enjoy as is or add sweetener to taste.

Tea with boba in mason jar with metal boba straw


  1. Most of the ingredients can be found at health food stores and Asian Markets.
  2. Please enjoy boba responsibly with a reusable straw like this one.


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