Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Spiced Tea--A Family Tradition

When I was growing up, once the holidays arrived, Mom began serving her Hot Spiced Tea at all the "drop-ins", parties and get-togethers. It dates back at least to 1910. The recipe was handed down from my Great Aunt Emma.

(No, this isn't Aunt Emma, it's me--dressed as she might have been in 1910.)

I'd love to be able to offer you a cup of this spicy, citrus delicious tea in person. . . .And, I certainly would if you were here for Christmas. . . Maybe the next best thing would be to share the family recipe with you. . . .for your own holiday parties. . . .

Great Aunt Emma's Hot Spiced Tea

1 tsp whole cloves
2 sticks cinnamon, broken
3 quarts water 
2 1/2 Tablespoons tea
Juice of 3 oranges
Juice of 2 lemons
1 cup sugar

Bring water to a rapid boil. Add spices and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the tea. Allow to brew for about 5 minutes (longer if you want a stronger tea). Strain. In a separate pan, mix the fruit juices and sugar. Bring to the boiling point. Add to tea just before you're ready to serve. 
Makes 25 servings
Note: Mom refrigerated any left-over, even after mixed together. 
Still very good. 

After Christmas dinner, we'd each pour a cup of the tea, toast Great Aunt Emma's recipe and family traditions, wish for another joyous year, and drink it as we ate slices of Great Grandmother Ruddle's Fruit Cake. 
Then the tea recipe was put away for another year. 

Great Aunt Emma Liggett

 Christmas Blessings. . . .

from my farmhouse kitchen to yours. . .
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