Aunt Cindy's Hot Spiced Tea Mix
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A Homemade Holiday: Aunt Cindy’s Hot Spiced Tea Mix

Hey there, Friends!  Sorry for dropping off the face of the Earth in the midst of A Homemade Holiday!  I underestimated what kind of attention Thanksgiving week would require of me, and this week E came down with a cold, so I’m running behind schedule.  My friend Linda of Apron Strings & Other Things wrote our guest post for today, and I’m so glad to have her here!  Welcome, Linda!

There’s something so comforting about snuggling up on a cold, winter evening with your favorite book and a hot cup of something. When the temperature drops, the winds begin to blow and the snow starts to fly, my children are ready for a mug of a special drink they call Aunt Cindy’s Hot Spice Tea.

During the colder months of the year I try to keep the ingredients this stocked in our pantry. Not only do my kids love it, we often mix up a batch to share as gifts, too. In fact, this is how we discovered this delicious recipe.

I have a sister who’s love language is gift-giving. And yummy, homemade gifts are her specialty. Several years ago, she sent us a yummy drink mix in a jar for Christmas and when my family devoured it I just had to get the recipe. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and accessible all the ingredients were – I had most of them in my cupboard already!Aunt Cindy's Hot Spiced Tea Mix

Since that day, we’ve enjoyed it in our home and we’ve shared jars of this homemade goodness with others. We have a lot of fun mixing up BIG batches and filling pretty jars, thinking of those who’ll be able to enjoy a hot cuppa with their own loved ones. We like to add a little ribbon and a card that lists instructions for mixing (sometimes the recipe itself.)

Our hot spiced tea is nice to have around for unexpected company and impromptu tea parties. All you need is a little of your homemade tea mix and some hot water and you have something special!

To make Aunt Cindy’s Hot Spiced Tea Mix you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 c. instant tea
  • 1 c. tang mix (I’ve tried off brands, they are okay but not nearly as tasty)
  • 1 c. lemonade mix
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Store in tightly sealed container. Use 2 heaping tsp. per cup of hot water.Aunt Cindy's Hot Spiced Tea Mix

This recipe is very forgiving. You can add more tea, less sugar, or adjust the clove and cinnamon ratio to suit your taste. I usually triple the recipe so we have plenty on hand. You can also use more or less per cup, depending on your preference.

This is one DIY gift-in-a-jar my children and I use nearly every year. What other homemade gifts do you and your children enjoy giving?



Linda Sears is a stay-at-home wife, homeschooling mom and doting grandmother. She and her husband have 8 children plus 2 daughters-in-law, 2 sons-in-law and 12 grandchildren, so far. They have been homeschooling for more than 25 years, graduating 4 of their 8 children, with 4 still at home. You’ll find her at Apron Strings & other things where she shares tidbits, tales, tricks and tips while living life in various stages of cutting those apron strings. You can also find her on FaceBook, Pinterest,


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