Celebrate the holiday season with this super simple yet intensely flavored winter spiced tea. Combining a berry tea bag with my Christmas spice mix, orange, and honey, this low-calorie, caffeine-free holiday drink offers mulled wine flavors without refined sugar and alcohol. Easily prepared in small or large batches, this quick and easy recipe captures the flavors of the festive season.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Low-calorie and caffeine-free mulled tea
- Quick and easy recipe hot holiday drink
- Christmas spiced tea is a great alternative to punch
- Red berry tea – Simply use a red berry tea of your choice. Hibiscus, rosehips, cranberries, strawberries, and raspberries are commonly found in red berry teas.
- Orange – Make sure to use an organic orange or thoroughly wash it before slicing. Alternatively, you can use 1 tbsp of orange juice.
- Spices – My Christmas spice mix adds warming, mulled spices to this hot winter tea. You can also substitute it with a pumpkin spice blend.
- Honey – Raw honey works well for this recipe but you can also use alternative natural sweeteners such as maple or agave syrup, stevia, or coconut sugar.
Tips for the best winter tea
- Tea selection: Choose a high-quality berry tea without any added flavors and sweeteners as the base for your hot spiced tea.
- Batch Preparation: Prepare a larger quantity of the winter spice mix in advance, allowing for quick tea preparation whenever you crave it. Store the mix in an airtight container for convenience.
- Dunk it: This spiced tea is perfect for Christmas cookies such as spekulatius, gingerbread, or shortbread.
Spiced black tea: Spice-up your English breakfast tea with this recipe by swapping the berry tea with your favorite black tea.
Ginger: Add a slice of fresh ginger to the red berry tea along with the orange slice.
Hot toddy: Add a shot of your favorite dark rum, bourbon, or whiskey to the hot tea.
Pine infusion: Gather a small handful of fresh pine needles from edible pine species including Eastern white pine, ponderosa pine, scots pine, loblolly pine, maritime pine, and stone pine. Wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris and add them alongside the tea bag.
Once brewed, winter spiced tea should be consumed within 24 hours for the best flavor and quality.
Absolutely! Iced winter spiced tea is a refreshing twist, maintaining the delightful flavors of winter spices while providing a cooling sensation.
Winter Spiced Tea
- 1 red berry tea bag
- 1 cup water
- 1 slice orange
- 1/2 tsp Christmas spice blend
- 1 tsp honey
- Boil 1 cup water using a kettle or a saucepan.1 cup water
- Place 1 red berry tea bag in a teacup or mug. Pour the boiling water over the tea bag and allow it to steep for about 3-5 minutes, or until you get the desired strength of tea. Remove the tea bag.1 red berry tea bag
- Add 1 slice orange (thick) and 1/2 tsp Christmas spice blend to the tea.1 slice orange, 1/2 tsp Christmas spice blend
- Stir in 1 tsp honey into the tea. Adjust the amount of honey according to your preference for sweetness.1 tsp honey
- Stir the tea to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined. Enjoy!