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This is definitely the right weather for hot tea.

When it’s cold outside, I love warming up with a cup of hot tea, especially around mid morning. I love the feel of a warm mug in my hands, the aroma of the steam and the warming effect of the tea!

I have lots of tea bags to choose from and often make a cup of tea to take with me to work. My current favorites are Celestial Seasonings’ Country Peach Passion, Teavana’s Peach Tranquility and Twinings Lady Grey.

Although I enjoy making a cup of hot tea for myself, I also loving making a larger recipe of hot tea that the family can share.

We’ve had favorite hot teas over the years, some I cook in the slow cooker, others that stay warm on the stove.

I’m always looking for new teas to try and found a good one last month, just in time for the holidays.

During the week of Christmas, I made Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays — a recipe I found on Allrecipes website.

The tea is simple to make, using the same tea bags you would use to make ice tea and the same process of boiling water and adding tea bags. Whole cloves and a cinnamon stick are added to the water.

To the tea, add a sugar, orange juice, pineapple juice and lemon juice mixture. The combination of the juices and the fragrant spices make for a delicious hot beverage.

I made this tea maybe four times the week of Christmas and doubled it once when we had extra family members in the house.

We all loved it.

I made it again a week ago for my husband and me on a particularly cold morning. We each filled a stainless steel mug with the steaming tea and took it to work. I put the leftovers in the refrigerator and warmed up a cup the next two days.

I basically made this recipe as it’s written. I did cut back a little on the sugar, used a low-sugar orange juice (you could squeeze your own) and steeped the tea for 10-12 minutes to strengthen the taste of the spices.

If you enjoy citrus tea, I highly recommend this one.

I’m keeping the ingredients on hand and can’t wait to make it again this week when the temperature drops again.

Lisa Boykin Batts, associate editor, writes a weekly food column about what’s cooking in her kitchen.

Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays

My family loves this delicious hot tea. Try it on a cold day this winter. Leftovers are delicous warmed up the next day.

6 cups water

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick

6 tea bags (such as Lipton)

3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Pour water into a pot; add cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags to water and set aside to steep until the tea is to your preferred strength, at least 5 minutes. (I do 10-12 for more spice flavor.) Remove and discard cloves, cinnamon stick and tea bags.

Stir orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir the juice mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea; serve hot.

Allrecipes | Darcey Familyw

Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays

My family loves this delicious hot tea. Try it on a cold day this winter. Leftovers are delicious warmed up the next day.

6 cups water

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 (1 inch) piece cinnamon stick

6 tea bags (such as Lipton)

3/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup pineapple juice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Pour water into a pot; add cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags to water and set aside to steep until the tea is to your preferred strength, at least 5 minutes. (I do 10-12 for more spice flavor.) Remove and discard cloves, cinnamon stick and tea bags.

Stir orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir the juice mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea; serve hot.

Allrecipes | Darcey Family

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