The holidays are fast approaching. Do you have a traditional menu and favorite recipes that you pull out every year? I generally cook the same dishes for Thanksgiving every year and then scour websites like Bon Appetit, Fine Cooking, and Southern Living for new recipes to try during Christmas. Holiday Spiced Tea is one recipe that remains on the menu year after year. It is similar to a recipe passed down from my husband’s grandmother. I make a big pot, and we drink it in the days leading up to Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The recipe title should probably include “for a crowd” as this makes a huge pot of spiced tea. You can easily cut this recipe in half if you need a smaller amount. Once you have your tea simmering on the stove, it’s time to throw open your front door and let the party in. The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves will draw in friends and neighbors. Fill a mug and share warm tea and laughter. Save a mug to sip after the party is gone and it’s time to cozy up to a warm fire and relax.
For Holiday Spiced Tea, start by brewing black tea. Once you have removed the tea bags from the water, add the sugar, juice concentrates, water, and spices. You can use bottled juice instead of concentrate, just reduce the amount of water that you add to your tea. After the tea is made, the spices start to settle on the bottom of the pot, so give the tea a quick stir before serving.
Twin Foodie Review: I made this one blustery October night for the youth group at my church. I dropped it off with some cookies. When I picked up the jug later, not a drop was left! This is the perfect drink for sharing on a cold fall or winter night. I plan to make it at my next Christmas party.