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Autumn Tea

I've been serving beverages made with various flavors of tea at gatherings, and people are always surprised by the results. This blend features flavors we associate with fall - apple, cranberry and pumpkin pie spice. Serve it either warm or cold. -Sandra McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3 quarts


  • 5 tea bags
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 5 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Place the tea bags in a large heat-proof bowl; add boiling water. Cover and steep for 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients to tea; stir until sugar is dissolve. Serve warm or over ice.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 66 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit.

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  • Dawn
    Jul 8, 2019

    I'd used 6 cups boiling water with 6 tea bags. I had not apple juice at that time, so I'd used 5 packets of spiced cider mix. I'd used in addition to the lemon juice and sugar, 3/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate. I did use pumpkin pie spice! This recipe I had prepared when it came out for Taste of Home-it goes back 15 to 16 years ago! I've prepared it since that time as well! It's a really nice beverage and I thank you for this recipe, Sandra McKenzie!

  • Myhusbandisthecook
    Aug 10, 2017

    This tea is so yummy that I serve it at Christmas and called it my Christmas Tea.

  • sonsflower
    Nov 21, 2012

    This is a great fall drink. I substitute the no sugar apple juice with regular apple juice and omit adding sugar in the recipe. It's perfect.

  • ConfidentMom
    Nov 8, 2011

    This has a refreshing harvest flavor. If you want more of a cider, prepare as directed. If you want more of a tea, double tea, water, sugar, and spice. I made pumpkin pie spice using a recipe I found on the internet and spices already on the shelf. Mary

  • johanna005
    Sep 14, 2011

    Pretty but too sweet for me. BEWARE there is a whopping 32 g sugar per serving, 33 g carbs, and 130 calories. The nutritional analysis is not for the recipe as prepared. The analysis should reflect the recipe and should be rewritten. Some diabetics rely on its accuracy, and this is misleading at a glance.

  • M2ejrt5
    May 23, 2010

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  • RStout
    Feb 27, 2010

    I served this with my Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit!

  • tkarinas
    Dec 1, 2009

    This drink is excellent and we will be making it many more times. We are also keeping this recipe.

  • martinkim
    Nov 26, 2009

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  • Bratrattery
    Oct 25, 2009

    Very yummy, will make again.