Winter Spiced Tea

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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.

A glass cup filled with winter spiced tea next to spices. Moody setting.

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

Ingredients

A glass cup filled with winter spiced tea next to spices. Moody setting.
  • 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.
  • SpicesMy 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.

Variations

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.

Serving

Serve this winter spiced tea alongside some festive cookies such as German gingerbread, coconut macaroons, or chocolate-covered pecans. Baumkuchen dunked into the tea is also a fabulous combination.

FAQ

How long does winter spiced tea last?

Once brewed, winter spiced tea should be consumed within 24 hours for the best flavor and quality.

Can I make an iced winter tea?

Absolutely! Iced winter spiced tea is a refreshing twist, maintaining the delightful flavors of winter spices while providing a cooling sensation.

A glass cup filled with winter spiced tea next to spices. Moody setting.

Winter Spiced Tea

Caro Jensen
Intensely-flavored winter spiced tea. Made with berry tea, Christmas spices, orange, and honey. Refined sugar and caffeine free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine German
Servings 1 serving
Calories 34 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

Check out the cream colored box in the article for more tips to make this winter spiced tea.

Nutrition

Calories: 34kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy, spices, tea, winter
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