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The smell of cloves, oranges, cinnamon and honey never fails to remind me of Christmas. But it does not have to be Christmas to enjoy this tea. It adds warmth and a feeling of well being to any tea party.
Mix five teaspoons of black tea with three cloves, one tablespoon of crushed cinnamon bark, one tablespoon of dried orange peel, and one small slice of fresh ginger (optional). Tie into a muslin square, before adding to a warmed teapot. Fill teapot with boiling water and steep for five minutes. Serve with honey.
The tea mix also makes a great present. Place into a nice jar or individual muslin sachets before giving it away.
To make mulled wine, steep one quantity of tea mix in half a liter of water for five minutes. Add a bottle of red wine and heat through. Do not boil. Add sugar to taste and serve with lemon slices.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|