6 tea bags (Luzianne is the best!)
1 cup sugar
Bring water to a boil.
Pour over tea bags and steep for 3-4 minutes.
Stir in sugar until dissolved completely.
Pour into gallon pitcher. Add cold water to fill to 1 gallon.
Autumn! I love this season. I love the colors, the scents, the crisp clean air. As the heat and humidity of summer gives way to the cooler, dryer days and nights of autumn, I am drawn to change my menu plans. I tend to serve foods that are heartier, stick-to-your-ribs fare. And iced tea gives way to hot spiced tea. I received this recipe from my first pastor’s wife (I didn’t go to church until I was 18, when I was saved). She served this after a hay-ride many, many years ago. I loved it and begged her for the recipe. Now I’m happy to share this with you.
Spiced Tea Mix
1 cup Instant Lemon Tea (unsweetened)
1 cup Tang
1/2 cup sugar (for sweet tea, increase this to 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Mix the dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 2 1/2 to 3 rounded teaspoons to a mug of hot water for hot spiced tea.
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Hot Spiced Cider
1 gallon apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 3″ sticks cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place cider in electric percolator or crockpot. Put remaining ingredients in percolator basket. Perk. If using crockpot, put remaining ingredients in a several layers of cheesecloth and secure. Add to crockpot and heat on low overnight. Serve hot in mugs.
Few drinks say Christmas Season to me better than this.
Hot Chocolate Mix
1 box non-fat dry milk (8qt size)
1 Pound box powdered sugar (or a bit less to to taste)
1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 container Nesquick chocolate milk mix
1 container Coffee Creamer — (I use french vanilla but use whatever your taste is)
Combine all in very large bowl using slotted spoon. Store in tightly sealed container or ziploc bags. To serve: use 1/4 cup mix to 6-8 oz of HOT water…or to taste.
You could also change the pudding flavors for different tastes or add ‘extra’ ingredients such as mini marshmallows, crushed peppermints or a dash of cinnamon. I like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it even more creamy.