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Recipe Apple Harvest Hot Spiced Tea
Nothing says fall like hot apple cider and warming, spicy cinnamon.  Add hot and soothing tea       
and you have the perfect harvest drink to keep you nice and warm during the brisk fall days          
and nights.
Apple Harvest Spiced Tea is perfect to take along  
on your hayride through the pumpkin fields or to
take in a thermos while watching over your little
ghosts and goblins on Halloween trick or treating,
or while watching your favorite team play football.

You can either make the recipe with a plain, black
tea (such as
India's Assam, Darjeeling, or Nilgiri), or
I usually switch off making it with two different
flavored teas.

The first,
Oriental Spice Tea from                   is
made w/
Ceylon black tea, warm spices like cinna-
mon, cardamom, ginger, and orange peel. And with
the fresh orange juice in the recipe you get a
smart, spicy citrusy kick of flavor added to smooth,
sweet apple cider, brisk black tea and spices.
The other flavored tea I use to make it with is Christmas Tea,
also from                   which has a smooth blend of Assam black tea,
cinnamon bark, orange peels, natural spice flavor, cardamom
pods, cloves, natural cinnamon and ginger flavor and ginger root.

You have to taste this to truly appreciate how good it is.  Even
though it's called
Christmas Tea, it's good anytime you want a hot spicy, soothing and warming
                                                cup of tea.  And in this recipe it is about as perfect a combination
                                                of flavors as you can get.

                                                So, get busy and brew up a batch-or maybe two, because once    
                                                 you try it and share with others, it will disappear faster than         
                                                 those halloween ghostys and goblins (and their treats) :-)
                                                
Enjoy.

Apple Harvest Hot Spiced Tea  (makes 4 to 6 - 8 oz. servings)

Ingredients
4 cups cold, fresh water
2 1/2 Tblsp loose tea or 8 tea bags (use plain black,
Oriental Spice, OR Christmas Tea
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 cups apple cider
1-6" cinnamon stick-broken into pieces (not needed if using
Oriental Spice or Christmas Tea flavored teas)
Slices of fresh orange/apple for garnishment (optional)

Directions
Heat 4 cups of water to 190 to 200F.
Add 2 1/2 tablespoons loose tea (or 8 tea bags) and broken pieces of cinnamon if not
     using flavored tea.  Steep for 3 1/2 to 5 minutes. Strain and discard used leaves
  and spice.
In a two quart saucepan add brewed tea, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup orange juice, and
 2 cups apple cider, and heat through (do not boil).
Add a fresh orange slice or apple wedge to cup rim as garnishment (optional)
Enjoy.
                               
No time to brew from scratch?  Try
Twinings Spiced Apple Chai
Tea
, a special sweet and spicy treat to warm you up inside when
it's cold outside.  Click on link to the
right.
                                 
Also visit our
Hot Tea Drinks Recipes page for more tasty hot
tea recipes, including Masala Chai Tea.  Or if something cold is
called for visit our
How to Make Iced Tea page for tips and
advice on how to brew up a quick gallon of iced tea and even
add flavorings.

Down and out with a cold or the flu bug?  Stop by our
Cold and Flu Brew Green Tea Recipe page and brew
up a steaming mug to help you get on the mend and feel
better faster.  And to learn how tea helps pre-
vent falling ill w/a cold or flu virus, visit our page:
How Tea Fights the Cold and Flu Virus   
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