This tasty Hot Spiced Tea will warm your belly and soul! The wonderful aroma will fill your house as the tea simmers on your stove top on a cold day.
This Autumn Spiced Tea Recipe was sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and Tim Tams. The temperature has been falling here in NJ, which means that the crazy holiday season is coming up. Soon there will be holiday shopping, traffic around the malls (we live in NJ, right by 2 malls... enough said), end-of-the-year rush at work, and lots of holiday parties. Busy times!
It will be great to spend time with our family for Thanksgiving and the holidays. But with all the holiday activities it can be hard to find time to really catch up with friends.
So this year I am proposing a Friendsgiving! A time to invite your closest friends over for some good conversation and delicious comfort food.
And what better way to end your friendsgiving dinner than with a cup of comforting hot spiced tea and some delicious treats.
This spiced tea has the perfect balance of citrus, spice, and sweetness. Tea lovers will love the comforting spices and the black tea base. Non-tea lovers will also like this tea because it has so many other flavors that it doesn't feel like you're drinking straight up tea.
I only know two people who just absolutely hate drinking anything hot. No hot chocolate, coffee, or tea for them. Crazy, right?? Aside from them, I bet everyone will love this tea.
This tea will fill your house with its wonderful aroma as it simmers on the stove-top. The tea is made in just 10-15 minutes. That is enough time to infuse the tea with all the citrus and spice flavors.
There are some slow cooker recipes out there for spiced tea, but there really is absolutely no need to have a slow cooker on for half the day just to make tea. Just a quick stove-top simmer. You're better off using the slow cooker to make some comfort food. How about this Slow Cooker Cassoulet? It is hearty, tasty, smoky, and only takes about 10 minutes of work.
What you'll need to make this spiced tea:
- Tea. I am a huge black tea fan, so I recommend using black tea for this recipe. I specifically love Lady Grey and Earl Grey teas. I think their citrusy flavors go perfectly with this recipe. Any other black tea will work just as well for this recipe. Decaf or caffeinated - your choice. My go-to is the Twinings Lady Grey tea.
- Spices. You'll need whole spices for this tea instead of ground spices: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, whole cloves. If you only have ground spices, use a pinch of each one and then filter the tea through a coffee filter so it is not gritty. If you are not a fan of cloves or anise typically, don't be afraid to use them in this recipe. I actually hate the smell of cloves or anise on their own, but trust me, combining them with delicious tea, warm cinnamon, and fresh citrus juice makes an amazing combination and you won't taste the individual spices.
- Fresh citrus juice. I really like squeezing fresh orange juice and lemon juice into this tea instead of using store-bought juice. This really gives the tea a brighter, fresher flavor. And you can add fresh lemon slices and orange slices to your tea mugs if you have fresh fruit on hand. I love my citrus juicer.
- Sweetener: Agave syrup, honey, or sugar. I love the flavor of agave, so I use it in everything. Feel free to directly substitute honey or sugar.
You can make this spiced tea recipe for 4 or more people
Yep! You can absolutely double this recipe if you've got a lot of people over. You might just want to simmer the tea a bit longer to reduce it a little.
Enjoy this spiced tea with:
- Pumpkin muffins
- My easy Toffee Apple Cake
- Cinnamon coffee cake muffins with crumb topping
- Cranberry date muffins
- Blueberry wheat germ muffins
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Hot Spiced Tea
- In a medium sized pot, add the water, tea bags, cinnamon sticks, anise, and cloves. Bring to a boil and allow the tea to brew for 2-4 minutes while the water is boiling. Carefully remove the teabags and stir in the rest of the ingredients through the lemon juice. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes, garnish with lemon and orange slices, and serve hot with your favorite dessert.