Drop that high-cal pumpkin spice latte and pick up a steaming mug of tea instead—these spicy picks will warm you up with all the fall feels.
Pumpkin Chai Tea
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If you're a die-hard PSL fan but want to give up your addiction, this Pumpkin Chai tea is the next best thing. It's made with a blend of black tea, spicy cinnamon and cloves, and sweet caramel and pumpkin candy (yes, those are actually in the tea). Brew it for a sweet fall treat that doesn't load you up on sugar and artificial flavors.
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No doubt you've heard the buzz about super spice turmeric—including all its anti-inflammatory benefits. While this Golden Milk mix isn't exactly a tea, add it to your steamed milk of choice and you'll get a spicy sweet concoction with crazy health boost. Turmeric is what gives it the golden color, while dates and herbs like black pepper, cardamom, and vanilla give it a sweet and spicy taste. (BTW, we asked an expert about whether golden milk lattes are actually healthy.)
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Hot Cinnamon Spice
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This tea takes hot cinnamon flavor to the next level. A blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves create a cult-favorite tea that you'll want to keep sipping through the seasons. (And all that cinnamon doesn't just pack flavor—it has tons of health benefits too.)
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If you thought you couldn't get the health benefits of green tea and the flavor of chai in one mug, think again. This genius blend will hit all your tea cravings, with cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom, ginger root, and sarsaparilla. Bonus: You can brew the traditional way, or add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 ounce of milk for a creamier chai.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider Herbal Tea
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What better to take you from pumpkin spice season through the holidays than a tea stacked with spices, pomegranate, and winter berries. Teavana's Mulled Pomegranate Cider Herbal Tea blends all the best flavors of fall and winter to warm you up and brighten those cooler days. (BTW, if you want to crack open a fresh pomegranate, here's your how-to guide.)
Pumpkin Spice Black Tea
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Pumpkin Spice Black Tea is like a dash of pumpkin pie in a cup—minus all those calories. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, plus a warm black tea and natural pumpkin flavor make this a satisfying swap for your espresso drink.
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Assam Masala Chai
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This isn't your ordinary chai tea. This Assam Masala Chai has all the cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and peppercorn goodness that comes with a tradition chai, but it's fresher than any tea you've ever tasted before. This company gets the tea straight from the source to the consumer in as little as one week—compared to the 12 to 24 weeks that traditional teas take—meaning you're getting fresher flavor in your cup.
Maté Chai Tea
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Another creative chai concoction, this Tea Forte Maté Chai blend incorporates all the chai regulars (black tea, roasted chicory root, ginger, cinnamon, cacoa, cardamom, and anise) with yerba maté tea, a traditional tea native to South America that people have touted as a brain- and metabolism-boosting superfood. Swapping your PSL for a cup of this tea won't just up your street cred—it'll give you a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals too.
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