As the festive season approaches, a hot cup of Christmas tea is the perfect way to gather friends and family around the holiday table. This hot tea is delicious and easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients you can whip up it up for your next party or get together.
I tried a variation of this tea at a church Christmas party and I asked about the ingredients. I made my own version sometime last year. I am finally posting the recipe this year. Funny how sometimes it takes a year to finalize something.
This Christmas tea not only warms the soul but also fills the kitchen/house with the wonderful, spicy scents of the season. I hope you like the drink as much as I did.
What is Christmas Tea Made of?
This Christmas Tea is made of fruit tea, fruit juice, water, fresh oranges, fresh lemons and lemon juice, brown cane sugar, and cinnamon sticks. The recipe can be changed up to make the tea a little different. See the Christmas Tea Variations section for more ideas.
Instructions for Christmas Tea
Add hot water to a medium-sized pot. Then add the tea bag and let it brew for a couple of minutes. I just used an organic fruit tea.
Stir in the cane sugar and let it dissolve. You can use more or less, according to your taste.
Then add all the rest of the ingredients: Apple Juice (or pear juice), orange slices, lemon slices, lemon juice (optional), and cinnamon sticks.
Allow the tea to steep for an additional 10 minutes on low heat. The tea wasn’t exactly simmering, but it was held warm. I just had the stove on the lowest setting. This allows all the flavors to meld together into a harmonious blend.
How to Serve Christmas Tea
Serve this comforting beverage in mugs or heat-resistant glasses. The glasses I have in the pictures were a gift and I find them to be really nice for just such a drink. The most similar glasses I found available online were these Russian Tea Set Glasses. These Glass Tea Cups with Stainless Steel Handles are also very cute.
For garnish, add the slices of orange and lemon into the cup. You can also add cinnamon sticks or star anise into individual cups, or even add fresh berries. All of these make the drink look very festive.
Christmas Tea Variations
- Spices – Add additional spices while brewing the tea to get a different flavor profile. In addition to cinnamon, you can use cloves, star anise, and nutmeg. Slices of fresh ginger would also be great.
- Fruit – Add other fruit to change this up a bit. You can add cranberries, pineapple, apple slices, pear slices, limes.
- Juice – Adding other fruit juice will change this up a bit. I have tested this with apple juice and pear juice. Pear juice makes the punch more sweet, while apple gives it more tanginess. You can also use cranberry juice, pineapple juice, or any other juice. Combining juices is also a great way to change up the flavor.
- Tea – Use a different type of tea bag to switch up the flavor. I used fruit tea, but any kind of flavorful tea would be great here.
Storing Leftover Tea
Any leftover tea should be cooled and stored in the fridge. Re-heat before serving again.
This hot Christmas tea gives you a simple, heartwarming, and delicious drink that you can enjoy with the whole family. I hope you give this easy recipe a try!
Lastly, if you make this warm Christmas tea recipe, make sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating here! I’d love to hear back from you and will do my best to answer and respond to every comment. And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe. I’d love to see the photos of the recipes you have made!
- 1 Tea bag fruity tea
- 3 cups Water
- 1 cup Apple juice or pear juice
- 1 Orange, sliced
- 1 Lemon
- 3 tbsp Cane sugar (Can also use white sugar)
- 1-2 Cinnamon sticks
- Add hot water to a medium-sized pot. Then add the tea bag and let it brew for a couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, slice the orange and half of the lemon. Optionally, the juice of the other half of the lemon can be added to the punch.
- Stir in the sugar into the tea and let it dissolve. You can use more or less, according to your taste.
- Add apple Juice (or pear juice), orange slices, lemon slices, lemon juice (optional), and cinnamon sticks.
- Allow the tea to steep for an additional 10 minutes on low heat. The tea wasn't exactly simmering, but it was held warm. I just had the stove on the lowest setting. This allows all the flavors to meld together into a harmonious blend.
- Serve hot (or warm) in heat-proof glasses or cups.