This is an old family favorite, handed down from my great-grandmother. The holidays officially begin with Christmas carols and my favorite hot spiced tea! Definitely a seasonal comfort beverage for me! I prefer to use fresh juices with pulp. The flavors are different. Canned pineapple in light syrup is best. Set the pineapple chunks aside for the rest of your holiday baking. Store leftovers in refrigerator and reheat as needed.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour water into a pot; add cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags to water and set aside to steep until the tea is to your preferred strength, at least 5 minutes. Remove and discard cloves, cinnamon stick, and tea bags.

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  • Stir orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir the juice mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea; serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 22g 7% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 8.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2015
This tea is delicious - it has become a family favorite! Very similar to the spiced tea (or Russian Tea) mix I used to drink growing up only it uses better ingredients. Just a quick tip for brewing the tea - I brew mine for 15 minutes (perfection) and add just a pinch of baking soda to the hot water which takes out any bitterness in the tea. Try drinking this over ice as well - equally delicious!! Thank you Carmen for submitting such a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2015
I added an additional cup of orange juice to give it a lighter taste. Read More
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11 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2015
This tea is delicious - it has become a family favorite! Very similar to the spiced tea (or Russian Tea) mix I used to drink growing up only it uses better ingredients. Just a quick tip for brewing the tea - I brew mine for 15 minutes (perfection) and add just a pinch of baking soda to the hot water which takes out any bitterness in the tea. Try drinking this over ice as well - equally delicious!! Thank you Carmen for submitting such a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2013
Absolutely Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/05/2015
I added an additional cup of orange juice to give it a lighter taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2016
Very. very good! Made as is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2017
I made this exactly by the recipe but when I tasted it it seemed a little weak. So I added the tea bags back in for another 10 minutes (I had already discarded the cinnamon and cloves). The next time I make this I will steep tea cloves and cinnamon for 15 minutes since I like my tea a little stronger which will turn it into a 5-star recipe. Delicious afternoon pick-me-up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2017
This is the same as Russian Tea with fresh ingredients and much less sweet - a good thing. The other advantage is that I don't have to mix as many servings as the dry mix version. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2016
I loved it and I'm not fan of plain hot tea! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2015
Delicious. Wanted a warmer-up that wasn't spiced apple cider. This is very good. Adjust the sugar to your preference. I think I'd use a little less next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2019
I sure did. I added a lot more cinnamon sticks and cloves! It turned out delicious and was very calming. Read More