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Cool weather activities call for warm drinks. Whether you are throwing a game day party at home, tailgating at the stadium, or taking the family to the pumpkin patch for an outdoor picnic, your guests will be cheery and snug when you serve this Hot Spiced Tea. Remember the popular “Russian tea” recipes made with powdered orange drink and instant tea? This beverage tastes even better, because you make it with brewed chai tea, real orange, lemon, and pineapple juices, and cinnamon sticks, fresh cloves, or mulling spices. This tea can be made in less than 30 minutes and can be served hot or cold, which means you can make it a day before your party or just minutes before your guests arrive. Pour into a thermos to transport to a party, serve warm in mugs immediately, or chill the tea and serve it later over ice. Sometimes a warm drink is all you need to chase the chill. Check out this lineup of more cool-weather drink ideas, such as Gingerbread Cocoa and White Chocolate Latte. Hot Spiced Tea pairs well with easy party appetizers or tea sandwiches.

Katie Jacobs


Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

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5 mins
25 mins
Serves 16


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  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil over high in a large pot. Remove from heat; add tea bags. Cover pot; let tea steep according to package directions. Remove and discard tea bags.

  • Stir sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and 8 cups additional water into tea in pot. Bring mixture to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove spices using a small handheld fine mesh strainer, and discard.

  • Stir pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon juice into tea mixture in pot. Remove from heat. Serve immediately or chilled. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 1 week.