One of my favorite places in Aunt Mary's house was the kitchen, which had a homey fireplace and sitting area. Drinking her spiced tea reminds me of sitting on a stool by her kitchen fireplace with the roaring winds of the Texas panhandle blasting outside.
I love the long and cold winter evenings of January, when the celebrations of Christmas and New Years have quieted and the season of rest sets in. Invariably, I get a craving for spiced tea and have to mix up a batch to last me thru until spring.
This is Aunt Mary's basic recipe (from 1973, in my Mom's handwriting ... love that :o)
I didn't have the exact ingredients on hand, so I improvised a little:
1 small canister of Tang (about 3 cups)
3 cups instant Tea
2 cups instant Lemonade
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
I didn't have ground cloves, so I ground the whole ones I had in my Black and Decker Handy Chopper.
I used about four teaspoons of whole cloves to get 2 teaspoons of ground cloves.
Put everything in a big mixing bowl and mix and stir.
This recipe makes about 9 cups of mix. Store it in an airtight container to keep it powdery.
Put two heaping tablespoons in a cup of hot water, stir ... and snug yourself in for a cozy winter evening!
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