There's nothing more nourishing for the soul than a hot cup of tea. Even more so, a carefully crafted fruit tea full of refreshing flavour.
If you want to be more daring and try a fruit tea, but you aren't sure which tea packs the best fruity flavours, we have some recommendations from well-known brands that you're sure to love.
From tantalising tartness to sublime sweetness, it's not just the taste that will have you hooked. These teas have some amazing benefits that will improve your overall health and wellness.
What are some of the benefits of fruit tea?
There are so many benefits to drinking fruit and herbal tea, with the different fruits and herbs having their own individual benefits.
Aside from the fact that most of these teas are derived from completely organic ingredients, they've been used to help with certain ailments for centuries.
Cranberry and raspberry
A popular tea of choice for women's health, the benefits of cranberry and raspberry tea are vast. As well as alleviating period pain and symptoms of urinary tract infection, raspberry tea has also been used to induce labour in pregnancy.
Lemon and ginger
This tea works mainly as an antioxidant, boosts the immune system and provides comfort from coughs, colds, allergies and flu. In addition to this, lemon and ginger tea works to improve your skin and assist with the body's digestive functions.
Working as an antioxidant: this tea is a brilliant source of nutrients. Elderberry protects against bacteria, helps to prevent disease and reduces blood pressure. Research has shown that it has benefits on cardiovascular health too.
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of rosehip, this tea can help alleviate heartburn, stomach ache and bloating. Studies have shown it may have a positive effect on those with rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing pain in the joints.
Best fruit tea
Here's a selection of our favourite flavours of tea from some of the best brands out there.
Twinings Cranberry & Raspberry 20 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea for women's health
A perfect pairing of cranberry and raspberry provides a tart flavour finished off with a hint of sweetness. Beneficial for women's health, it's a tea that's never out of our kitchen cupboards.
Review: "My wife has this every morning without fail."
Yogi Tea Organic Ginger Orange Tea with Vanilla 17 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea with a kick
A gentle citrus taste with a hint of sweetness from flavours of orange and vanilla, finished with a kick of ginger for a refreshing, aromatic and fruity blend.
Review: "I love all Yogi Tea I have tried, but this is possibly my new favourite. It has a lovely warm ginger kick with a gentle citrusy taste. I was wary of the vanilla as I don’t like artificial vanilla flavouring, but it just added a lovely something to it, without being overpowering."
Pukka Organic Elderberry & Echinacea 20 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea for the morning
A great choice for your morning brew, this revitalising elderberry and echinacea tea tingles on your tastebuds with its warming and energising flavour.
Review: "Tastes wonderful. Glad to find elderberry in tea bags with echinacea. Great for helping the immune system."
Rosie Lea Tea Fruit Burst Infusion Herbal Tea
Best fruit tea with a tart flavour
With bursts of raspberry, strawberry, apple, rosehip and hibiscus, this sweet and fruity tea with tart undertones might just be your new favourite flavour.
Review: "I am a repeat customer - this tea is that good! love it and will be back again."
Pukka Herbs Wild Apple and Cinnamon 80 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea for cosy nights
Especially perfect for cosy nights, this apple and cinnamon blend gets you ready to wind down and snuggle up.
Review: "Lovely tea. I am not normally a fan of any herbal or fruit teas but these are my exception for sure. I can actually taste apple and cinnamon and for once isn't like drinking a cup of hot water!"
Twinings Lemon & Ginger 80 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea for sore throats
A popular choice of fruit tea, ginger and lemon is a heavenly combination. Ideal for soothing sore throats: the warming ginger adds a hint of spice to zesty citrus flavours.
Review: "This is my go-to, my cupboards are full of them. They help my digestive problem and also soothe sore throats."
Green Tea with Mandarin, Loose Leaf Caddy, 125g
Best green tea with fruit flavouring
With every sip, enjoy the refreshing taste of citrus, thanks to the green tea and mandarin blend. This loose-leaf tea comes with an impressive decorative tea caddy that you can store your tea in time and time again.
Rosie Lea Tea Berry Punch
Best fruit tea with a lot of flavour
Full of flavour, Berry Punch certainly packs a fruity punch. Including elderberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, apple, hibiscus and cornflowers, this infusion will tantalise the tastebuds.
teapigs Super Fruit Tea Made with Whole Fruit 50 Tea Bags
Best recommended fruit tea
Sharp fruity flavours come through from juicy blended blueberries and cranberries. We don't doubt that this is a mouthwatering drink you'll want to enjoy again and again.
Review: "I've gone through many varieties of fruit tea but none even come close to these! The smell is incredible, the flavour is delicious! I must be on my sixth box of these and no chance of ever going back to other brands!"
Organic Rose Hips With Hibiscus Herbal Tea 16 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea for wellness
With tangy flavours from rosehip and hibiscus, this fruit tea supports everyday wellness with its many benefits.
Review: "This is such a refreshing blend to drink over ice while I'm working in the gardens. Knowing how loaded it is with Vitamin C makes it feel even better in my body. This is one of my very favourite blends of all!"
Mango & Strawberry 20 Tea Bags
Best fruit tea with sweet flavours
Soak up the sweetness of this mango and strawberry with a subtle hint of zesty lime to balance out the sweet flavours.
Review: "As Mango is so popular, this tea is lovely and even sweet with no sugar. Definitely my favourite so far."
Rosie Lea Tea Tropical Fruits Infusion Herbal Tea
Best tropical fruit tea
Be transported with this loose leaf tropical fruit infusion, carefully blended with flavours of apple, rosehip, pineapple, coconut and hibiscus.
Review: "The teas were a gift but the recipient loved it, I will be ordering some for myself in the future :) thank you."
Does fruit tea contain caffeine?
The good news is that fruit teas do not contain any caffeine, meaning you can enjoy a hot drink before bed without the unwanted effects of a caffeinated drink! No more sleepless nights, headaches or shakiness.
Can you drink fruit tea when pregnant?
Due to the fact that it doesn't contain caffeine, most fruit tea is safe to drink in moderation during pregnancy. Some even have their benefits during pregnancy, but it's always worth reading the ingredients or checking in with your midwife and limiting yourself to one or two cups a day.
Raspberry leaf tea has been used as a pregnancy tea for at least two centuries to help induce labour. Sandra Greenbank, a nutritional therapist, specialising in fertility, pregnancy and women's health says:
“Raspberry leaf has been famous throughout history for preparing mothers for childbirth. It is thought to help shorten labour, as it strengthens the uterine and pelvic muscles while also working as a relaxant at the same time, and therefore helps reduce the pain of contractions during labour.”
Other herbal teas, however, should be treated with caution and avoided, as some of these are not safe to drink throughout pregnancy.
Does fruit tea contain calories?
As fruits contain natural sugars, your cup of fruit-infused tea will no doubt contain calories and carbohydrates. Having said that, the calories are extremely low in amount. Almost next to nothing, in fact.
The average calorie intake in the tea varies on the brand, type of fruit, whether you've added sugar or not and how long the tea has been brewing. Generally speaking, it will contain no less than ten calories, with Twinings claiming there are only around four calories in each cup of fruit-infused tea.