Today I’m sharing a secret and cherished family recipe with you – spiced tea!
Let’s just go ahead and take a minute to point out the obvious – it’s COLD as I don’t even know what outside. The sky is currently bestowing upon us a delightful sleet + snow mix; and I just slid/skidded three times on my way home from work this afternoon. Driving in the sleet/snow is not ok with me. Major panic attacks ensue. Grocery shopping gets postponed. Popcorn is eaten for dinner because the storms always seem to hit when my food supply is down to bare bones!
I’ve never been a fan of winter. I dread colds, cracked skin, chapped lips, skidding on the streets, wet and muddy shoes, cancellation of activities…the list goes on. Simmering stews, spiced tea, bubble baths with the space heater cranked up and a good Netflix binge are what make it bearable. PARTICULARLY spiced tea. This spicy, citrus-filled cup of comfort is a cherished recipe from passed down by my sweet Nana. In our family, its perpetually on the menu all winter long. I’m actually enjoying a cup as I write this post…
Spiced tea has gotten me through many winter doldrums – it’s all I want when I’m sick or have a cold. It’s comforted me through many late nights of studying during my school years. It helps get me through cold afternoon slumps when grey skies tempt me to just crawl into bed and sleep. This is the treat I take to friends when they or sick or need cheering up. You NEED spiced tea in your life. And it’s a BIG deal that I’m sharing the recipe on this blog today. Secret family recipes beg to be kept quiet, but I can’t help but find joy in knowing that this drink can bring you comfort in the way it has comforted me! Please let me know if you make it, and share a cup with someone who needs cheering up!
- 4 quarts (16 cups) water
- 10 single-serving black tea bags (such as Lipton)
- 3 whole whole cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 (12-ounce) container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 (12-ounce) container frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 cup pure cane or demerara sugar
Place the cloves into a spice or tea ball infuser. If you don't have a spice/tea ball, you can place the cloves in a small square of cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine. Set aside.
Bring the water to boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Once the water is boiling, add the tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and spice ball of cloves. Reduce heat to a simmer over medium low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove the lid from pot and using a slotted spoon, remove the tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and spice ball.
Keeping the tea warm over low heat, stir in the thawed juice concentrates and sugar. Stir over low heat for about 10 minutes or until desired drinking temperature is reached OR cool the tea before placing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and reheating individual servings as needed.
Did you make this recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or post a picture on Instagram with the tag #sweetcayenne – it’s always fun to connect with you!