Spicing Things Up!

One of my favorite sayings, because it’s almost always applicable to me, is “cold hands, warm heart”. What’s a better way to warm your hands up than a hot cup of tea in the winter?!

I absolutely fell in love with my Aunt Cynthia’s hot spiced tea a few years ago. This is her mom’s recipe and, although we aren’t actually related – she was one of mom’s roommates from college and is practically family to me – I adore that family.

This tea is a perfect blend of spicy and sweet. This recipe can be tweaked to your personal preferences whether you want it more tangy or sweet. First I will list the ingredients for a single cup, which can be either one large mug or two small mugs of tea, and below that I will list the original recipe, which can be served to up to four people depending on how much you drink.

Aunt Cynthia’s Hot Spiced Tea


  • 2 cups water
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Lipton family size tea bag
  • 1/4 cup Tang
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Boil water with spices in a diffuser.



Take the spices out and steep the tea bag.


Whisk in the Tang and sugar to your personal taste preferences and enjoy!


Here is the original recipe:

  • 3-4 cups water
  • 5 cloves
  • 5 whole allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup Tang
  • 3/4 cup sugar

You will make this the exact same way and tweak it to your personal tastes. Enjoy and stay warm!


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