Spiced Tea

Spiced Tea – Warm or Cold . $2.98

Pineapple, Pear, Cider and Citrus, this spiced tea blend is outstanding. Cinnamon and clove in just the right amount gently permeate this concoction. Served hot, this is a wonderful tea blend for a gathering inside or out, or even better, with loved ones in front of the fire. But wait, there’s more!

Spiced Tea: Serve warm, cold or as a punch
Spiced Tea: Serve warm, cold or as a punch

Serve this in the summer over ice and it’s cooling and refreshing – really outstanding. It’s just a little reminiscent of “Friendship Tea” but a little subtler and the blend of juice and tea is a fantastic pick me up.

Spiced Tea over Ice
Spiced Tea over Ice

Pour this into a beautiful glass bottle or jar (I often browse second hand stores for things like this) and bring to an ailing friend – you’ll look like a hero and this tea will help revive anyone sick with a winter bug.

Spiced Tea over Ice
Spiced Tea over Ice

Cold and cut with a little ginger ale or a clear soda, this tea serves a dual purpose as a punch. I’m guessing this was originally an old recipe. Mine says to serve warm in a silver bowl or cold in crystal, but it works every bit as well in the crock pot or off the stove or in any pitcher, glass or plastic!

Made as written it can be a bit pricey, mostly due to the cost of the pear juice. I’ve included substitutions in parentheses, and given a few suggestions in my strategies on how to lower the cost even more.

Spiced Tea: Serve warm, cold or as a punch
Spiced Tea: Serve warm, cold or as a punch

Spiced Tea

  • Servings: 15 cups
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 6 tea bags, either Rose Pouchong or Jasmine (I use Lipton’s)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 cup sugar (this can be drastically cut back or eliminated depending on your tastes)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups of pear juice (or apple juice, or even better apple cider)
  • 2 cups apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 lemons, juiced

In a small pot, bring water to a boil, steep tea. Remove tea bags – do not squeeze. Set tea aside.

To a larger pot, add the water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves and bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add tea and juices (I throw in the rinds of the lemon an orange) and simmer 10 minutes. Remove rinds, gently squeezing to wring out the moisture entrapped in them. Add tea.

Serve as is, warm, or chill and add soda water to make a punch.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Read {Strategies Applied} for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving money/time and managing this recipe on a budget.
  • Follow my Strategies – You’ll see them all explained on the upper left tab of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.

Nutrition: 

You could cut back on the sugar in this recipe, bit by bit, until you get it just where you like it.  A one cup serving contains 32 percent of your vitamin C, based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 119 Calories; trace Fat (3.4% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 13mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.

Put Your Own Spin on It:

Use the basic idea and go wild with your own flavors and spices.  There’s certainly no wrong or right.  I like to bring this to outdoor outings in the fall, either in a thermos, or over a fire or camp stove.

My Pay Off: 

This brings my family together and makes a simple night at home feel a little special.  It does have some nutritional value, and the added water and tea cut the calories of the juices, while the juices cut the caffeine of the tea.  A perfect marriage.  In a day when so many are buying bottles of this or bottles of that at very steep prices, this is a homey substitute.

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