This spiced tea or Russian tea with cinnamon and cloves is sure to get you in a comfortable mood. It also has pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon juice that will boost your immune system. You’ll wonder how something this tasty could be good for you. Make this recipe for winter mornings or your next social events. Enjoy it alongside bruschetta or chocolate croissants.
Tips on Making Spiced Tea
If you enjoy your instant spiced tea mix, then you will love this fresh version. It’s just as delicious, but with more nutrients and antioxidants. Here are the best tips on how to make spiced tea:
- Loose tea leaves or tea bags? Use any as you prefer.
- Brew the tea right. Black tea leaves need to steep in boiling water for only 3 to 5 minutes. Beyond that, it will release excessive tannins which will make your drink bitter. Each kind will have varying brewing times and temperatures. So to get the best quality, make sure to follow the package instructions.
- Use unsweetened natural fruit juice. You can even squeeze the juice by yourself.
- Sweeten your drink with demerara sugar, honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sugar substitute.
- Serve the spiced tea hot in teacups or mason jars, or serve them cold in a large punch bowl. Throw in some frozen pineapple, orange, and lemon slices to make it festive.
- Add a splash of milk for a creamy taste. With the addition of milk, it will taste similar to masala chai tea. You can also throw in some grass jelly or boba pearls into the chai latte as sinkers.
- Make a Russian tea mix with orange concentrate instead of orange juice. With this recipe, you can make spiced tea with Tang, also known as friendship tea, if that’s what you have on hand.
- Freeze your spiced tea for later. You can portion it into ziplock bags or plastic bottles before freezing them. Just thaw it whenever you are ready for some piquant teatime. It will stay good for 2 months.
How To Make Hot Spiced Tea
Soothe yourself with this black tea infused with cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, orange, and lemon juice. This warm aromatic spiced tea drink boosts the immune system in the most delicious way.
Heat up the water in a stockpot.
Once it’s boiling, drop the teabags.
Brew for 5 minutes. Then remove the bags and set them aside.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer them for 10 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves.
Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
What spices can I put in my tea?
The spices commonly found in spiced tea are cinnamon sticks, black or green cardamom pods, cloves, ground ginger, and peppercorns. Feel free to add any of these to your tea. Note that you should add little by little as these spices have strong flavors.
Is spiced tea good for you?
Yes! Tea on its own is already rich in antioxidants. This drink’s nutritional benefits are boosted by anti-inflammatory cinnamon and cloves and immune-boosting fruit juices. Spiced tea may help boost your mood, heart health, and even encourage weight loss. However, just like any other thing, too much of it is not good. Excessive consumption may have adverse effects such as loose bowel movement and insomnia. We recommend limiting it to one cup a day.
Whether it’s for the cold winter mornings or afternoon tea times with friends, this spiced tea will surely fit the bill. Enjoy it hot or cold, clear or with milk – all ways are delicious.
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