Red dates tea

Red Dates Tea

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Marvellina
Red dates tea is made of Chinese red dates simmered on low heat for a period of time. It's a super simple tea (with no tea leaves involved) that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
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The night before:

  • Rinse the dates cleaned with water. Take each date and use a pointy scissors and make 7 snips around the edge on one of the ends. My mom specifically emphasize 7 snips, not 8, not 6. Okay mom! This helps the dates to release the "good" stuff
  • Soak it in 400 ml of hot water until the next morning
  • Transfer this to a small sauce pan/pot and let it boil on a very very low heat for one hour. The heat has to be super low or you will end up with no water at the end of one hour. The idea is to let it cook slowly and release whatever the red dates need to release into the water and this will be your tea
  • Let it cool down and ready to drink. If you are drinking this for "fun", you can add sugar


You don't have to transfer the tea to a tea pot. I was doing so for photography purpose. I do love this Double Wall Mug from Zwilling J.A. Henckels (not sponsored). It keeps the mug cool to touch while being able to show you the content at the same time :) Honestly, there are some days I just skip the soaking overnight part and brew them on low heat for 2 hours