Spot of Tea: Tazo Organic Apple Red


It's important not to expect fruit teas to taste like juice or cider; if you do, they'll always disappoint. And it's important to remember that the flavor is often less intense than the scent. But with those points in mind, Tazo's caffeine-free apple and cinnamon rooibos blend is a calming tea for fall, fragrant but delicate, and just lightly spicy.

Rooibos is a bit of an acquired taste, but its flavor works well here, latching into the sweet apple and chamomile notes. Serve with toast and apple (or pumpkin) butter.

Around $5, available online.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks and coeditor of Serious Eats: Sweets. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.