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This mulled wine will warm you throughout the winter. It's perfect for Christmas and the New Year.
3 people made this
- 2 (750ml) bottles red wine
- 250ml rum
- 3 cups black tea
- 3 untreated lemons, juiced
- 500ml freshly squeezed orange juice
- 200g sugar cubes
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 6 whole cloves
MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:20min
- Rub sugar cubes into the untreated lemons and oranges.
- Pour the red wine, rum, black tea, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar cubes, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a large pot and heat until almost boiling.
- Enjoy hot.
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Spiced Tea (Russian Tea)
Published: Mar 16, 2020 · Last Modified: Oct 19, 2020 · by Lana Stuart · As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Spiced Tea (Russian Tea) is a mixture of warm tea, orange and lemon juices, infused with cloves and cinnamon.
You might not think that growing up as I did in a tiny, rural south Georgia town in the &rsquo50s and &rsquo60s would provide a person with many social opportunities. That assumption would be so wrong!
I believe we probably had more social events back then than people have these days. And the most important social occasions in my small hometown were showers. Wedding showers and baby showers.
We Were Really Social Folks
Showers were big events back then. Huge events, really. It was not unusual for several hundred people to be invited to a wedding shower.
Putting on a shower of that size required some detailed planning. Invitations were printed, hand addressed and mailed sufficiently ahead so that everyone could place the event on her calendar.
Hostesses were assigned specific responsibilities and the gift shops in town prepared for the multitude of purchases which were delivered and set up on display tables before the honoree arrived. Most gifts were accompanied by the engraved calling card of the giver.
Preparing for Social Events in the '60s
On the day of the big event, everyone dressed in their Sunday best &ndash heels, hose&hellipthe works &ndash and arrived at the celebration. Showers were as much a time to honor a bride or expectant mother as they were an opportunity to catch up on the local news and gossip.
The location was always beautifully decorated with flowers and tables laden with white linen cloths, silver serving pieces and, always, a silver or crystal punch bowl. I remember those crystal punch bowls with the little cups that hung on tiny crystal hooks all around their edges. And more often than not, the punch bowl held the recipe that I&rsquom sharing with you today.
Featuring Russian Tea
It&rsquos a warm, citrusy spiced tea. Back then we called it Russian Tea. I don&rsquot know why and we had no idea whether it was actually Russian or not. We probably thought it sounded exotic.
Whether or not it is Russian in origin (which I doubt), it was so good and still is today. Sipping this sweet spiced tea takes me right back to those simpler, slower times. Days when we planned events months in advance, hand addressed correspondence and put on our Sunday best to show how much we cared for those we shared our lives with.
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
- 2 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.
Quick & Easy Autumn Spice Punch Recipe
This year, we&rsquoll be home for the holidays and that means coming up with new recipe ideas. Today, I&rsquom sharing a simple and beautiful Autumn Spice Punch Recipe made with Milo&rsquos Award Winning Tea that the whole family can enjoy!
My family loves iced tea, so I thought instead of serving the usual iced tea, I would make it extra special with a little spice and everything nice. Holiday punch is always a great party drink to impress your guests. This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, a fall or Christmas party and even a baby shower! This tasty punch is made with Milo&rsquos Sweet Tea, apple juice and autumn spices. It literally takes minutes to make and will look amazing on your holiday table!
All Natural Award Winning Tea
Milo&rsquos tea is so good! It&rsquos an all natural award winning tea fresh brewed from real tea leaves. My kids love sweet tea, so I love the fact that their tea is sweetened with a clean ingredient list of pure cane sugar and no preservatives or added acids. It&rsquos perfect for a holiday punch.
Milo&rsquos famous sweet tea recipe is the same recipe that was brewed by Milo back in 1946! Being able to buy the gallon jugs makes this Autumn Spice Punch recipe so easy to make. Using it saves you time not having to brew your own tea.
I really like buying this tea because, not only do they use all natural ingredients, but Milo&rsquos Tea Company is a family, women-owned business. Founded by Milo Carlton in 1946 as a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, his tea recipe became so popular that buy 1989 the family started selling it by the gallon. The company is now run by Milo Carlton&rsquos granddaughter.
Autumn Spice Punch Is Not Only Easy, But Beautiful
I love pretty holiday food, but making delicious drinks is way more fun to me! A simple drink can have beautiful garnish that makes people feel special. Adding slices of oranges, apples and cinnamon sticks to this punch makes it a sure winner for Thanksgiving! If making it for Christmas, just add some cranberries for a dash of red.
Where to Find Milo&rsquos Famous Tea
If get Milo&rsquos tea at Walmart in the refrigerated juice section. It&rsquos also available in no calorie sweetened with sucralose or unsweet. Click Here to find a store with Milo&rsquos near you.
Print the Autumn Spice Punch Recipe
I hope you enjoy this easy Autumn Spice Punch recipe for your next holiday dinner!
Hot Chocolate Orange Gin, with McQueen Gin
Via McQueen Gin, Image: Liliya Kandrashevich
For fans of a good ole Chocolate Orange, did you know you can actually buy Chocolate Orange Gin that’s inspired by the festive treat?
However, you can also take the concept one step further by whipping up your very own gin-infused orange hot chocolate. Simply dreamy!
- 50ml McQueen Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin
- 150 ml milk
- Zest of ½ an orange
- 50 g dark chocolate, chopped
- Garnish with chocolate orange matchmaker
- Heat the milk, cream and orange zest together in a saucepan until simmering
- Remove from the heat and pour through a sieve to remove the zest.
- Pour the infused liquid back into the pan and add the 50g of chocolate, stirring until the chocolate has melted and the consistency is smooth.
Pineapple, pear, cider and citrus set off by just the right touch of cinnamon and clove. How good does this Spiced Tea sound? It’s a bit unusual, and everyone who tastes it will beg you to make it or ask for the recipe.
Spiced Tea, hot or cold. Serve as is or make it into a punch.
Serve this warm or cold, winter or summer but if you’re having a party or big get together, think about making this into a punch. Just add your favorite soda type water, ginger ale (or maybe a little bubbly) and you’re going to be the belle of the ball!
If you have a sick friend, pour Spiced Tea into a beautiful glass bottle or jar (save pretty ones or check the 2nd hand store) and drop it by their house. You’ll be a hero!
Spiced Tea, hot or cold. Serve as is or make it into a punch.
Really, Spiced Tea is a huge fave of mine – can you tell? I think this was an old, old recipe: my card says to serve warm in a silver bowl or cold in crystal! For a party, I say crock pot or punch bowl.
Made as written it can be a bit pricey, mostly due to the cost of the pear juice. I’ve included substitutions in parentheses, and given a few suggestions in my strategies on how to lower the cost even more.
Spiced Tea, hot or cold. Serve as is or make it into a punch.
- Servings: 15 cups
- Time: 10 minutes
- Difficulty: easy
- 6 tea bags, either Rose Pouchong or Jasmine (I use Lipton’s)
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cup sugar (this can be drastically cut back or eliminated depending on your tastes)
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 4 whole cloves
- 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 cups of pear juice (or apple juice, or even better apple cider)
- 2 cups apple cider (or apple juice)
- 2 oranges, juiced
- 2 lemons, juiced
In a small pot, bring water to a boil, steep tea. Remove tea bags – do not squeeze. Set tea aside.
To a larger pot, add the water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves and bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add tea and juices (I throw in the rinds of the lemon an orange) and simmer 10 minutes. Remove rinds, gently squeezing to wring out the moisture entrapped in them. Add tea.
Serve as is, warm, or chill and add soda water to make a punch.
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving money/time and managing this recipe on a budget.
- Follow my Strategies – You’ll see them all explained on the upper left tab of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Use a coupon matching site! Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
You could cut back on the sugar in this recipe, bit by bit, until you get it just where you like it. A one cup serving contains 32 percent of your vitamin C, based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 119 Calories trace Fat (3.4% calories from fat) 1g Protein 31g Carbohydrate 2g Dietary Fiber 0mg Cholesterol 13mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch) 1 Fruit 0 Fat 1 Other Carbohydrates.
Put Your Own Spin on It:
Use the basic idea and go wild with your own flavors and spices. There’s certainly no wrong or right. I like to bring this to outdoor outings in the fall, either in a thermos, or serve over a fire or camp stove.
Fruit Tea Punch
- 8 cups water divided in half
- 1 family-size tea bag or 6 regular-size tea bags
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
- ½ cup frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
- orange slice, lemon, or fresh mint for garnish
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Pineapple Green Tea Punch
This citrusy-flavored fruit tea comes from Lisa Lotts of Garlic & Zest. Her pineapple green tea punch is inspired by summer days spent at her grandmother’s house sipping iced tea. It’s the perfect refreshment to serve at a socially distanced outdoor gathering as the recipe makes 28 servings. Plus, Lisa makes an ice ring and uses star-shaped silicone ice molds to add a fun touch to the drink’s presentation.
Serve this pineapple green tea punch at your next outdoor gathering! Image: Garlic & Zest
Autumn Sweet Tea Punch
Fall is here and I’ve got the perfect punch recipe to add to your autumn gatherings! This Autumn Sweet Tea Punch has the great flavor of Southern sweet tea combined with apple cider, pineapple and orange juices, and just a hint of cinnamon.
It’s perfect for those fall bbqs when it’s still warm enough to grill out but cool enough to enjoy a fall flavored beverage. It’s perfect for showers, parties, apple picking, fall festivals, trick-or-treating, just about anything. It’s just perfect.
For 5 generations, the family behind Red Diamond has been obsessing over tea and coffee. They’re committed to perfection, and Perfect’s Not Easy! Every coffee bean and tea leaf is handpicked from the world’s finest fields, crafted without compromise, and refined every step of the way. That’s why it’s the perfect ingredient in this perfect punch – quality and perfection.
So pull out those jackets and grab a jug of apple cider because fall is here and it’s time to make some of this Autumn Sweet Tea Punch.
And honestly, fall weather in the South can mean jackets and jeans and it can also mean shorts and t-shirts. That’s another thing that makes this punch so perfect. It’s great served chilled, room temperature, or warm. You can even keep it in the slow cooker if you’re serving it heated.
Friendship Tea Recipe
Have you ever heard of Friendship Tea? How about Russian Tea, or Russian Friendship Tea? It’s a homemade tea mix that you that you blend together, and give as gifts. It’s made with 5 simple ingredients, and the flavor is a delicious spiced orange.
Barbara had a college roommate whose mom would make it for her and send it in a care package. She loved making it because it reminded her of home. The delicious aroma of a steaming cup of spiced tea gave off notes of citrus, cinnamon and cloves.
Barbara found this tang tea recipe in a 1980 version of our local Shelby County Extension Homemakers Book of Favorite Recipes. She tweaked it just a tad so that it uses an entire container of Tang. Not familiar with Tang? It’s a pre-made fruit-flavored fruit drink powder.
Christmas punch recipes
Mulled port with bay and rosemary
Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple. Make a batch to serve eight and let guests help themselves.
Mulled tea punch
This is a take on kinderpunsch, a non-alcoholic German drink served as an alternative to glühwein. Make this easy, booze-free drink over the festive season.
A strong punch that doesn’t break the bank. Very fast to make with only four ingredients, it will surely be a winner in the drinks department and is ideal if you’re entertaining. The balance of bitterness, sweetness and fruity white port makes for a sumptuous sipper.
The addition of rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – we’ve added some here to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential if you prefer your drinks a little less punchy.
Hot spiced cherry cup
The perfect pick-me-up on a chilly winter night, this spiced cocktail blends red wine with cherry brandy, plenty of fresh spices and citrus. Best served warm and garnished with cinnamon sticks.
Forget cider and wine: mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this year over the festive season. Our recipe has Christmassy flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine. Simply heat everything together in a pan to the quantities you need.
Mulled white wine
Move over red: mulled white wine with a splash of dry cider is here, and its comforting winter spices are guaranteed to leave you feeling festive and merry this Christmastime. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, then serve steaming mugfuls to thirsty guests.