Making your own cinnamon tea is easier than you think! All you need is cinnamon sticks, water, and 20 minutes. This aromatic homemade tea celebrates the spicy sweet flavors of cinnamon and will have your entire home smelling warm and cozy. Keep reading for details on how to steep with black tea, orange peel, and optional sweeteners.

cinnamon tea pouring into a mug

Making tea is one of those simple pleasures in life that warms your soul. It’s a great beverage to enjoy with a friend or bundle up alone by the fire with a good book.

And while I love visiting local tea shops and finding new blends, there’s something really special about making it from scratch.

Cinnamon is a spice I grew up enjoying often, through family recipes that celebrated the cozy ingredient in both Moroccan cuisine and Puerto Rican cuisine.

This fragrant cinnamon tea is crazy easy to make, and with just 2 ingredients (really only 1 if you don’t count water), you’ll be making it nonstop this winter. It captures that unique sweet & spicy flavor from the whole spice, with a lovely deep red-ish brown color.

Did I mention that this tea will have your entire house will smell like you’ve been burning a cinnamon scented candle for hours?!

Plus, it takes only 20 minutes to brew up a batch and share!

You can drink it piping hot, straight out of the pot, or kick things up a notch by adding more aromatics like citrus peel, tea bags, a spoonful of honey or sugar. It’s also just as good served cold as iced tea, as the leftovers keep great in the fridge! This recipe makes enough for 2 servings, but can easily be doubled or divided in half.

If you enjoy this tea, be sure to check out this cinnamon orange salad, turmeric tea, and this spiced coconut pudding.

cinnamon sticks in a bowl

What You’ll Need

  • Cinnamon sticks 
  • Water 
  • Optional: black tea, orange peel, honey, sugar

Find exact quantities in the recipe card below.

How to Make Cinnamon Tea

Optional: At this point you can add any other tea blends to the pot (loose leaf, tea bags, etc.) or orange peel and steep for another 5-10 minutes, if desired.

Note: Keep in mind you can use less cinnamon sticks and steep the liquid for longer to minimize the amount of cinnamon needed. See recipe card notes for exact quantities and steep times.

Tasty Cinnamon Food Pairings

If you’re a serious cinnamon fan (like myself) there are so many delicious food pairings you can serve with this at tea time. Here are some of my favorites:

Dressing Up Your Tea

Cinnamon tea is a beautiful blank canvas that you can take in many different directions with additional flavors.

Here are some easy ideas:

  • Black tea: Loose leaf black tea adds a hit of caffeine and a rich, full-bodied flavor.
  • Citrus peel: Adding a piece of orange, lemon, or grapefruit peel enhances the fruity, citrusy elements of the natural sweetness from the cinnamon.
  • Honey or sugar: Drop a spoonful of honey or sugar into the pot of tea, or in individual cups to add some sweetness to your tea.

If you plan to add citrus peel, loose leaf or tea bags, I recommend doing so towards the end of the 20 minute simmer. Let the add ins steep for at least 5 minutes before straining and serving with any desired sweeteners!

cinnamon tea straining into a mug

Storage Tips & Easy Iced Tea

This homemade tea should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. I recommend straining out all solids and storing the liquid in an air tight jar or container.

Any leftovers can then be enjoyed cold right out of the fridge (hello iced tea!) or reheated on the stovetop or microwave.

You can also freeze any cooled leftover tea in ice cube trays – they make a fabulous addition to iced teas, cocktails, and more in the warmer months. These tea ice cubes will keep your beverages cold with a tasty cinnamon flavor, instead of watering them down.

cinnamon tea in a mug

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Happy sipping!

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Homemade Cinnamon Tea (2 Ingredients)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: drinks, beverages, Tea
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, American, Spanish
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Making your own cinnamon tea is easier than you think! All you need is cinnamon sticks, water, and 20 minutes. This aromatic homemade tea celebrates the spicy sweet flavors of cinnamon and will have your entire home smelling warm and cozy. Keep reading for details on how to steep with black tea, orange peel, and optional sweeteners. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups water
  • optional: honey, sugar, black tea, orange peel

Instructions

  1. Boil water. Add water to a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. 
  2. Add cinnamon sticks. Add the cinnamon sticks to the water and reduce to a simmer. Continue to cook everything together over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until the water turns red-ish brown in color. Optional: At this point you can add any other tea blends to the pot (loose leaf, tea bags, etc.) or orange peel and steep for another 5-10 minutes, if desired.
  3. Strain. Strain the tea into cups, removing the cinnamon sticks and any other add ins.
  4. Enjoy! Enjoy the cinnamon tea as is or with a spoonful of honey or sugar if desired.

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Notes

Keep in mind you can use less cinnamon sticks and steep the liquid for longer to minimize the amount of cinnamon needed.

If using only 4 cinnamon sticks, steep for at least 1 hour.

For 2 cinnamon sticks, steep for at least 2 hours.