Anyone for tea?

I came across this recipe and enjoyed the flavour so much I am making packets of it as Christmas gifts. And my kids are making some this weekend to give their teachers and activity leaders as gifts, too.

Spicy orange tea

2 cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
14 whole cloves
3 tablespoons dried orange peel (I dehydrated my own after the kids ate a pile of oranges!)
10 whole black peppercorns
11 tablespoons loose black tea leaves (You could try green tea, too, or mix them together)

Put it all together in an air tight container

Leave it for a week

Boil some water

put one spoon of tea mix per person into teapot

add appropriate amount of water

steep for 2 – 5 minutes

pour into cups and enjoy!


Remember to label the packets you give as gifts, including instructions of use. Kids can decorate the labels to make them personal and unique gifts.

Maybe leave some out ready for Santa to have a nice cup (as long as he’s willing to boil the kettle himself!) while he puts presents into stockings for you!

29 Responses to Anyone for tea?

  • dhrynio says:

    Yum!! I think I will make that this week! My daughter will love it!

    I do a few similar things around the holidays. The first is warm spiced wine. Red wine slowly warmed in a pot with a cinnamon stick, whole cloves, lemon slices and honey or sugar! The second is to scent my house. I take a small pot with water, lemon or orange slices, a cinnamon stick and cloves. I set it to boil then turn it down and let it simmer. People always comment when they come to my house that is smells like Christmas!

  • Santa's Elf says:

    Hmm, I’m not a tea drinker, Ashleigh, but that does sound nice and certainly has a festive feel to it. Definitely a gift idea I’m now considering, too!
    Santa’s Elf recently posted…Christmas can be a great teacher for kids

  • mcamf says:

    That sounds really good. I told my sister and she was immediately like “Oh, make it!” lol I’m going to need to get some tea leaves though. Our household prefers green tea. Thanks for the recipe, Ashleigh!

  • JaimieSkye says:

    I found some of this at a craft fair last year. It was so good and I was do disappointed when I used the last of it. I’m so glad I came across this so I know how to make it on my own. I think I’ll see if I can find time to run to the store today and get the ingredients. I have some tea lovers in my family that would love this in their Christmas stocking.

  • sorrowscall says:

    I’ve tried the pre-made orange teas before and liked them immensely. However, I must admit I’m very selfish when it comes to giving away ready-made tea or tea leaves. If I do use this recipe, I’m likely to keep all of the tea for myself.

  • sorrowscall says:

    That would be easier said than done. Unlike my coffee-loving friend, I’m very finicky about homemade tea brews. However, I think teaching them how to make tea might be a fun holiday activity for me and my friends. We could even get out the Christmas cups and have a little tea tasting party to see who made the best batch.

    • A tea tasting party sounds like a great way to spend time with friends.

      • sorrowscall says:

        I’m sure it will be. I could probably use some of the recipes I’ve found on this blog in place of the usual coffee or tea cakes to make it a truly holiday-themed event. I think those Chocolate Royals would probably compliment this type of tea. It’s been my experience that chocolate and orange flavors tend to mesh well together.

  • sorrowscall says:

    Have you ever heard of candied orange peels? I like to serve them with chocolate and peppermint whenever I have the opportunity. I think I’m getting ahead of myslef though. I’m sure the tea-tasting party will go over very well.

  • sorrowscall says:

    No, you can eat the peel, just most people down here where I live choose not to eat the actual peel when they use candied peels in their dish. It gets confusing to me too sometimes.

  • sorrowscall says:

    Yeah, but it seems like such a waste of a peel. I want to zest mine for my own personal recipes but then I’d feel bad because the others wouldn’t havve orange zest and zesting with a grater isn’t exactly the slowest of processes; I don’t want to spend a holiday party zesting orange after orange after orange peels.

  • sorrowscall says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I’ll definitely share the brownie and icecream ones with my little sister! She was feeling a little left out when I had to make a non-vegan cake the other day too.

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