Throw Back Thursday: Spiced Tea

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sending the kids off to school this morning, I noticed how cool the weather has become.  In fact the temperature is supposed to keep dropping all day.  Even though it is still August, and will undoubtedly become warm again, I can't help thinking that it will soon be fall.

Usually when fall starts, people start talking about pumpkin spice everything.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good pumpkin spice treat, but today's recipe is what I think of when the fall season comes around.

When I was little my grandma and mom used to make this spiced tea mix.  I used to request it whenever it was chilly outside, or I had a cold, or I didn't feel good, or I just had a bad day.  Now that I have a family of my own, I make it for my own kids, and I notice my little girl doing the same thing that I did, requesting it when it is cold, or she just doesn't feel good.  There is something about this tea that just makes you feel better inside.
My grandma around age 18
 It has been awhile since I have posted a #TBT picture of a family member.  This is my grandma that we called "nan."  She was about 18 here which would have made it around 1937.  She passed away a little over nine years ago.  One of the things that I treasure is a copy of her spiced tea recipe in her handwriting.  It is written on the back of an envelope, and when I asked my mom for the recipe, I didn't expect her to give me my grandma's handwritten one.
My grandma's handwritten recipe
You can see the recipe is very simple.  I have seen similar versions of this tea on the internet usually called "Friendship Tea"  and it includes lemonade drink mix.  However, our family never used that version.  I hope you will try this and see how you like it.

So here are the ingredients...

The players...
 The recipe calls for a pound of Tang, a 1/2 cup of instant tea, a cup of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.  Back in my days (as my grandma used to always say), Tang came in a pound jar which made it easy for this recipe.  Now however it comes in a 1 pound 4 ounce container.  But if you know your measurements, then you know that 4 ounces equals 1/2 cup.  So just scoop out a 1/2 of cup and enjoy that with your breakfast.  You might also notice that I purchased the decaffeinated version of the instant tea.  This is totally your preference.  I do that because my kids like to drink this tea, and I really don't want them having a lot of caffeine.  Once you have all your ingredients, just pour them all in a mixing bowl.

Ready to get mixed up!
Once you mix it up, it looks like this:
All mixed and ready to go!
I know this sounds crazy, but I think it looks so pretty!  I normally put the mixture back in the Tang container, but I thought I would show you how I package it up to give to people for gifts.
That's a creamer bottle!
I save creamer bottles and wash them really good, take off the label and put dry drink mixes in them.  Some of the drink mixes I do this with besides the spiced tea mix are my homemade hot cocoa mix, and my Fireside Coffee mix.  After I fill the containers, I usually put these in a basket along with some home canned goodies and baked quick breads.  I almost said sweet breads, but I didn't want anyone to confuse that with sweetbreads and think that I give thymus or pancreas to people for gifts. ;-)

After it is all mixed, I use 3 spoonfuls to a mug of hot water.  You can add more or less to your liking.

Mmmmm, hot cup of spiced tea
If you would like a printable version of this recipe, then click HERE.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments below. 


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