My mom’s spice tea is one of my favorite tastes of fall and winter. I started my day by making a big pot of it – even though I’m the only one in my house who likes it. It’s Comfort Food for me – in liquid form. My mom made it rarely when I was growing up. I remember spice tea on Christmas morning, snow days and when she’d host her evening card group a few times a year. Sometimes I even got to take the left over to school in my thermos. When you make it, the cinnamon and cloves make the whole house smell good and everything feel all right – inside and out. Happy New Year’s Eve Day, as my father wished me in an early morning e-mail. ~ Janean
2 cups sugar
2 dozen cloves (or less)
2 cups water
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
Boil together 15 minutes
Pour 8 cups boiling water over 6 tea bags (or 2 Family Size tea bags), let stand
Add to sugar mixture when brewed
Then add: 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 can frozen undiluted orange juice. Add 4 cups boiling water. Simmer, do no boil
Extra can be stored in the refrigerator overnight and reheated the next day. You may want to remove the cloves before storing because their flavor gets stronger if left in overnight.
My sister told me once with a wink that this recipe was supposed to be a secret, but I think it’s meant to be shared.