When the weather starts to turn cold, I like to add something warm and spicy to my tea, like ginger and cardamom. A big thermos of this is just the thing for a long afternoon of raking leaves. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
Simply by simmering together spices, tea and fruit juices, Janice Connelley of Mountain City, Nevada created a concoction that gives extra zip to festive party plans. "It's easy to fix," she details. "For a nice touch, I put cinnamon stick 'stirrers' in the cups before serving."—Janice Connelley, Spring Creek, Nevada
Ripe with citrusy tang, this easy-to-fix hot tea from Mrs. J.D. McCollum, of Memphis, Tennessee can be whipped up for almost any size group. Plus, it's perfect for sipping on a wintry day. And here's a bonus—if you let it simmer on the stove, it'll fill the house with its wonderfully spicy aroma.
Relates Mendota, Illinois field editor Kim Marie Van Rheenen, "My mother always had Russian tea mix on hand for a quick warm-up. OUr son has diabetes, so I carry on the tradition using this delicious sugar-free alternative."