Wee Cook Wednesdays: Spiced Tea

teacupMy kids L-O-V-E hot chocolate. With big marshmallows, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s the first thing they ask for when they trudge inside from the snow drifts after making acres of snow angels. Sarah wants a china cup, Chris the stoneware mug.

My tastes tend to run more toward herbal tea. But if I’m feeling particularly nostalgic — or if my sweet tooth is acting up — I dig out a jar of Grandma’s Spiced Tea. A spoonful of this in a cup of hot water, and I’m back in Grandma’s kitchen in East Grand Forks, MN, where snowdrifts cover the windows and they celebrate not only “White Christmas” but “White Halloween” and “White Easter” as well.


Grandma’s Spiced Tea

1/2 C iced tea mix (unsweetened)
1/2 C powdered lemonade mix (Wyler’s or Countrytime)
1-18 oz jar Tang
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together well. Store in airtight container. To serve, add 2 tsp to a cup of boiling water.

Photo credit: “The Heart of Innovation”. (Note: This is NOT my grandmother.)

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About hsaxton

Heidi Hess Saxton is an adoptive parent of two children, and converted to Catholicism in 1994. She is adoptive parent columnist at CatholicMom.com and CatholicExchange.com. She also writes for the Parenting Channel at AnnArbor.com. In her spare time, she is finishing up her Master's thesis at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

3 thoughts on “Wee Cook Wednesdays: Spiced Tea

  1. You know … instant iced tea mix. Liptons, or some other brand. Something that dissolves in water (unlike regular tea, which has to be strained out).



  2. I’ve heard of this but never tried it before. Thanks for the recipe! I should make it while I wait for the county plow truck to come and do our street and get us out of a gazillion inches of snow! Love the granny picture.


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