Recently, I was looking in my Mamaw’s recipe box for a favorite Christmas recipe when I came across this one for her Spiced Tea Mix. I thought, “What a great, old-fashioned Christmas gift alternative to hot chocolate mix.”
According to the note Mamaw made on the card, she got this recipe from a friend in 1969. The mixture is reminiscent of a time when instant tea and Tang orange drink were in style. I remember enjoying warm cups of this fragrant drink at Christmas time, though she may have had it on hand all year round.
I love giving gifts that also have comforting memories to share.
Spiced Tea Mix
Makes enough to fill 1 pint-sided jar or 2 8-ounce jelly jars
1/4 cup instant tea
1 cup Tang powdered orange beverage
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
To make the jar: In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined. Pour into jar and cover with lid.
To make the tea: Poor 1 cup boiling water into a mug. Add 2 heaping teaspoons of the tea mix and stir to combine.