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Sweet Spiced Tea

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


3 quarts

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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Add honey and lemon juice to tea; bring to a boil. Discard spice bag. Serve tea in mugs. Garnish with orange slices if desired.

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