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Sweet Spiced Tea

 Sweet Spiced Tea
Welcome guests in from the cold at Christmas with this honey-laden hot tea from our Test Kitchen. If you don't have orange-flavored tea, regular tea can be used with equally good results.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 2 orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches)
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 12 whole allspice
  • 3 quarts water
  • 12 bags orange-flavored black tea
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Orange slices, optional


  • Place the cinnamon sticks, orange peel, cloves and allspice on a
  • double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cloth; tie with
  • string to form a bag. Place water and spice bag in a large kettle or
  • Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add tea bags;
  • cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  • Add honey and lemon juice to tea; bring to a boil. Discard spice bag.
  • Serve tea in mugs. Garnish with orange slices if desired. Yield: 3
  • quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 61 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.