Monday, December 10, 2007

Count Down to Christmas...


I can't imagine a celebration without my Aunties spiced tea...and here is the recipe that will serve 20 :

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In large container put juice of 3 large lemons, 3 large oranges, 1 cup pineapple juice (optional)

Dissolve 3 cups sugar in 2 quarts boiling water and pour over fruit juice

Take 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon, tie spices in cloth and place in 1 quart boiling water , boil 5 to 10 minutes.

In 1 quart boiling water put 1/2 cup tea and steep 5 minutes.

Mix all together, cool and refrigerate over night. Heat to serve....my Auntie always served it in punch cups which made it seem even more special.

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Oh this is sooo good when there is a chill in the air...and it seems to taste better the second day.......if it lasts that long !

The days are flying by and soon we will get a chance to share the joy of our savior's birth with family and friends. I can not imagine life now without His mercy and grace.

My wish for you: May you and your loved ones enjoy the blessings and joy of the holidays.

9 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Sounds Wonderful. I will have to give that a try. Wishing you the Best of Holidays, too!

Ellenay Designs said...

Hi, your recipe sounds delicious. I was just writing it down to make this week. One question though, are you talking about loose tea for the 1/2 cup? If you are, what kinds of tea do you recommend? I have french creme brulee' which is my favorite. I wonder if ir would work. Thanks! Merry Christmas!

Lori

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Hi Lori, thanks for stopping by.

Lori, I use the family size tea bags for mine...I don't suggest using a flavored tea because this recipe makes a wonderful fruity/spicy tea as it is. BUT you can substitute frozen juice for the fresh squeezed...

Francie

BittersweetPunkin said...

I don't like hot tea but I am going to write your recipe down in the notebook that I am using to write down all the fabulous recipes that are shared here in Blogland!! Who knows...I may make it some day or share it with someone else!!
Blessings,
Robin

Sharon said...

Francie that sounds so good especially this time of the year. It seems I'm enjoying spicy treats everywhere with pumpkin spice coffee and hot mulled cider your recipe will be a nice addition to our holiday traditions.

OldBagNewTricks said...

This sounds delicious and delightful... and I am thinking a wee shot of peach schnaps might add a happy glow. This tea in that chintz cup.... makes a chill in the air something to look forward to.

Thank you,
Jenny

Aunt T said...

This sounds so yummy. I may have to surprise my family by making some :)

TFS - Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Hugs,

Teresa

Debbie said...

Hi Francie....your Auntie's tea sounds just wonderful!

Kristen said...

Hello Francie, I found your blog through Robin at Bittersweet Punkin and I am so glad! This sounds wonderful! I am anxious to look around your blog and see all of the wonderful pictures! Kristen (ChristianCrafter)