At Christmastime, myself and my cousins, we swap names for Secret Santa. This past year I had my cousin Amber, and after getting her questionnaire I decided to make her a goody box full of teas. I included some Teavana teas, that I wrapped into individual tea bags, Tea Drops, homemade chai tea powder, and this powdered Spiced Tea. When I was telling my Mom about what I wanted to do, she pulled out her recipe box and gave me the recipe my Nana have given to her back in the 70’s. My Nana and her family hailed from Arkansas, and after doing a little bit of research I have found out that this drink is huge is the South. It is the perfect hot drink on a cold day.
Now, the powdered recipe is really processed and doesn’t have any “real” ingredients in it. That got me to thinking that I could probably duplicate this drink using real ingredients. Spiced Tea 1, has very strong flavors and is probably my favorite, although it is incredibly processed; that’s what makes it good right!? Spiced Tea 2 is also very good, but by using real ingredients the flavors are not as strong. This tea I like hot or cold. I hope that you enjoy these teas as much as I do.
Spiced Tea 1
Add about 3 tablespoons to 8 ounces of water
- 1 cup Tang
- 1/4 cup Instant Tea
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 6 cups of water
- 4 black tea bags, I used Lipton tea
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
Bring the water to a boil in a medium sized pan, along with the tea, cinnamon, and cloves. Once the water is boiling, cover with a lid, turn down to a low heat, and let simmer for about 5 minutes.While the tea is steeping, add the sugar, lemon juice and orange juice to a small pan. Heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Strain the tea mixture, and then add the sugar mixture. Stir together, and add more sugar if desired. This tea will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days.Have you tried either of these tea recipes before? If so, which is your favorite? Have a wonderful rest of you week!