The Best Christmas Tea ever!

Christmas Tea Recipe

Everyone knows that Southern food just can’t be matched…and drinks are no exception.  I had this
Christmas tea a few years ago, at our small-town bank during a Holiday party, and I was willing to do anything for the recipe. It’s that good. Turns out, it’s from a hometown cookbook that’s just about as old as the town itself. So, if you’re  looking for an autumn tea or Christmas tea recipe, you’ve found it. Look no further. Close all those other recipes you’ve got open, cause this is the one you want to go with.

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Christmas Tea Recipe Ingredients:

2 Cinnamon sticks
2 TBSP WHOLE cloves
3 Cups sugar (Haven’t made it with Splenda, but I’m sure you could!)
1 qt. boiling water
1 qt. strong tea (REALLY REALLY STRONG)
Juice of 3 lemons (Or lemon juice)
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
3 quarts boiling water (You can sub some of this for apple cider!)


Bring 1 qt water (or cider) to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar.  Boil for 5 minutes, then strain out spices.   Add tea and remaining ingredients.  Serve hot or cold!
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After making this a few times, it’s always best the next day. It’s great fresh, of course, but it’s even better after sitting overnight in the fridge. You can drink this hot or cold. The cinnamon and cloves mesh so well with the tea flavor — and the citrus notes are just the perfect finish. I promise you, if you make this, you will be asked for this Christmas tea recipe, if not crowned the king or queen of the party!

Apple Bread


Enjoy with this easy caramel Apple monkey bread or while you are making cookies.

Easy sugar cookies recipe

While I am drinking my Christmas tea. I am working on my under $5 gift idea

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 What will you do while drinking your Christmas tea?


  1. Do you think it’d be as good with less sugar?

  2. Becky wuerfele says

    I just made this recipe and am confused about the water amounts. Is the 3 quarts of water at the bottom in addition to the water you boil at the beginning and the water you use for the tea? I made my tea very strong but after adding everything together it seems a little weak. Thanks for your time.

  3. I made this tea for the first time last year and my family and friends screamed about it! I did use only the 3 quarts using the 1 quarts for simmering I then used just 2 more quarts of water for tea adding the other juices at the end. I made it the night before and it did a lovely warm kick when heated it up for the teaparty. 3 quarts of water with the other juices is quite enough wat er. I have been asked to do it again this year.

  4. Rita Wilson says

    I’m confused about the liquid amounts. Is it 5 quarts of liquid before you add in the 2 plus cups of fruit juice?

  5. The directions aren’t really clear, and since the site owner has yet to answer I will.
    Use the 1 quart water to make the tea, adding 7-9 tea bags, or 2-3 family sized tea bags.
    Instead of the 3 quarts of water…use apple cider OR 1 qt water and 2 quarts apple cider.


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