Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Here in Northwest Tennessee, temperatures are dropping and it's finally beginning to feel like fall. The days have been beautiful - sunny, mild, maybe a tad bit on the cool side when the wind kicks up. Nights - you'll definitely need a sweater if you're headed outside, and, yes, we've had to run the heater already. It's not quite time yet to build a fire in the fireplace, but the change in weather definitely has us craving seasonal favorites - chili, hot chocolate, an evening cup of coffee. Today, I'm posting one of our favorite fall hot tea recipes. This yummy fruit tea recipe was given to me over ten years ago by a friend and makes a regular appearance at our house when the weather turns cool.


5 individual tea bags
5 cups boiling water
5 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Place the tea bags in a large heat-proof container. Add boiling water. Cover and steep 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients to tea; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve warm or over ice.

(Note: Since I usually make a large batch, I boil my water in a large stock pot and steep the tea bags in the same pot. Then, I add remaining ingredients and simmer on stove to keep hot.)


emily said...

If i buy a jug of 100% Apple Juice from the juice aisle at the supermarket, is that the same as unsweetened apple juice? Or do i specifically need to look for a jug that says "unsweetened?"


Camille said...

Your juice will work fine. Some apple "juice" is apple-juice-punch, but 100% juice is what you're looking for.

Niki said...

This sounds delicious! I will be making some soon!