When the weather gets cold, we are all about the warm drinks around here and Christmas Tea is one of my favorites! Spizzie and I have also been known to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (extra marshmallows please) or a steaming mug of peppermint tea. The Super Trooper is pretty much a coffee drinker, but he does dabble occasionally in wassail and mulled cider. The boys only like tea if it’s cold and sweet, but they do enjoy the ciders and chocolates and all manner of concoctions that come from the coffee shops.
Christmas Tea is another one of those I-learned-it-from-my-grandma recipes. There are dozens of similar recipes floating around, but however you make it, it is a nice treat to have on those cold winter days. A lot of people know it as Friendship Tea or Russian Tea, but I call it Christmas Tea because that was the only time we ever drank it!
My Nanny used to make it as a gift to friends, but she always kept some to share with us. Christmas Tea is not only a thoughtful gift full of yummy goodness, it’s also fairly inexpensive. Give it alone or add it to a basket with a new mug and some baked goodies!
1 Cup powdered orange drink mix (Tang or something similar)
2/3 Cup dry instant tea*
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons powdered lemonade mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves
Add all of the ingredients together in a bowl, large container, or gallon-size plastic zipper bag. Mix well.
To serve: Add 1 heaping tablespoon per mug of hot water. Stir and enjoy!
*The only instant tea I could find had added lemon. I couldn’t tell that it changed the flavor all that much, but you could always use less lemonade or add more cinnamon and cloves.
That’s it for this recipe. It’s really that simple. There is generally enough mix to completely fill a pint jar and you may have a little leftover. The jars I used are small jelly jars like these (6 oz. Jelly Jars)and it should fill three. In the past, I have also put the mix in small snack size plastic bags and put those inside of a decorated paper bag–just something inexpensive that you can make look cute!
I love to do food and drink gifts for holidays, birthdays, weddings, and “just because” and Christmas Tea goes fabulously in a gift basket! And because I love to give gifts, here’s a gift to all of my wonderful subscribers…you can find the Christmas Tea art print and printable gift tags in the Subscriber Library. If you haven’t already joined, sign up below to get them for free!