Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mom's Orange Spice Tea

Mmmm ... orange tea!Confession: I loves me some warm drinks in the wintertime. Coffee, tea, hot buttered rum ... you name it, and I'll drink it.

But there's one winter drink that, for me, rules them all.

When I was a kid, my mom always made this wonderful orange spice tea around the holidays. Later, when my wife and I got together, I managed to cajole the recipe from my mom. Today, this tea's strong orange-and-cinnamon smell, and its lemonade-y zing, inevitably bring back my most vivid holiday memories. (The spiced rum is my recent addition, by the way. Sometimes good stuff happens when you ask, "What if?")

In any case, this tea is truly my personal Nectar of the Gods.

Wintertime without it? Bah.

Just wouldn't be right!

Mom's Orange Spice Tea [Makes one big batch]

3/4 cup instant tea mix
2 cups Tang orange drink mix
1 cup Country Time lemonade drink mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 splash Captain Morgan spiced rum (optional)

Mix instant tea, Tang, Country Time, and cinnamon in a bowl. Transfer to an airtight container for storage. When ready to serve, add roughly 3 or 4 tablespoons of the mix to each mug of hot water. Add splash of spiced rum if desired. Enjoy.

And for those who'd prefer to mix it one serving at a time, or just want to give it a try:

Mom's Orange Spice Tea [Makes one 8-10oz. serving]

2 teaspoons instant tea mix
4 teaspoons Tang orange drink mix
2 teaspoons Country Time lemonade drink mix
1 sprinkle ground cinnamon
1 splash Captain Morgan spiced rum (optional)

Mix instant tea, Tang, and Country Time in mug. Add 8-10oz. boiling water. Add spiced rum. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top. Enjoy.

For those of you who aren't fans of spiced rum, I imagine Grand Marnier would go very well with this tea, too, though I haven't tried it.

Note, please, that I like my tea to have some ZING, and the ingredient amounts above reflect that — especially in the single-cup recipe. So feel free to experiment with them to find a combo that works for you!


— Posted by Michael @ 8:20 AM

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