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Hot Spiced Tea Recipe
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Hot Spiced Tea Recipe

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This tea we serve is delightful. Everyone enjoys its spicy cranberry flavor and wonderful aroma!—Linda Ault, Newberry, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 to 12 whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 12 cups water
  • 12 individual tea bags
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Place cinnamon sticks, allspice and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth; tie with a string to form a bag.
  2. Place water and spice bag in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add tea bags; cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and spice bag. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved. Add juices; heat through. Serve warm. Yield: 3 quarts.
Originally published as Hot Spiced Tea in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p11

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"I recall preparing this tea and when I'd prepared the tea and water mixture, I'd added the cinnamon sticks to the liquid. I used a small tea ball and placed the cloves in the tea ball.

I also used: 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup pineapple juice in this beverage and omitted the whole allspice! This did make for a delicious and pleasantly spiced beverage!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! delowenstein"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"Love this tea ... added bonus ... smells as great as it tastes!!"

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