Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday: All Hallow's Eve Eve & Spiced Tea

We make a point of staying home to hand out candy to trick or treaters, and it's always nice to have a pot of hot spiced tea simmering on the stove to enjoy between revelers. Here's the recipe our entire family has grown to love over many years:

Spiced Tea
1 heaping teaspoon whole cloves
½ cinnamon stick
3 cups water
Place cloves, cinnamon stick and water in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to very low, cover, and simmer gently while you complete the rest of the tea.
12 cups water
6 tea bags (I use Salada)
2 lemons, juiced
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 cups orange juice
Bring water to a boil in a very large pot. Turn off heat, add tea bags, cover and steep for 5 minutes or so. Squeeze tea bags dry and discard. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add orange and lemon juices, stirring. Remove cloves and cinnamon stick from the spice water in the small saucepan. Add spice water to the tea and stir.
Serves a LARGE crowd (18 or more cups). Great for cold days: Can be left on a burner on very low heat all day, ready when you are. This recipe is easily halved for a smaller batch.

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