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This delicious holiday tea will be a welcome addition to any holiday party
menu, tree trimming, or even wrapped to be given as a gift.
Check out more of Ellen Easton's
articles and recipes.
Learn about the
History of English High Tea and more delicious
Afternoon Tea and High Tea Recipes.
Ellen’s Holiday Tea Blend
Afternoon Tea and High Tea,
Yields: makes 20 cups of tea
Prep time: 20 min
2 ounces Darjeeling black tea
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup currants/raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons orange zest (rind), grated*
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or pure vanilla extract
* 1 orange = 2 tablespoons grated zest.
Place tea, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, currants/raisins, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest, and vanilla powder in a bowl and mix together.
NOTE: If using vanilla extract blend well through dry ingredients, allowing the entire mixture to dry.
Mixture will yield 20 cups of tea.
Use one teaspoon of
tea mixture per each 6-ounce cup of tea. One heaping teaspoon of
tea mixer per #2 T-sac may be used per 2 to 3 cup tea pot. One
prepared tea bag containing leaf tea will brew 2 to 3 cups of tea.
Preheat a teapot or
"hot the pot" by rinsing it out with hot water.
By insulating the
teapot, it keeps the tea hot during the brewing process.
Bring the fresh cold
water to a full rolling boil.
Remove from the heat
quickly as to not allow the oxygen to escape from the water.
Water that has been reheated gives tea a flat taste. Only
boiling water can extract the full flavor and benefit from the
Use one teaspoonful
of tea mixture or one tea bag per cup (6 ounces) of water. Pour
boiling water over the tea.
Let steep for 7 to
10 minutes. Do
not judge the strength of your tea by its color. It takes time
for the leaves to unfold and release their flavor. If you prefer
your tea less strong, add hot water after the brewing period.
Always decant the tea before serving.
If Chai is desired add warmed milk to taste.
Sugar, Honey, Candied Ginger, or Orange Rind.
Ellen Easton is a lifestyle industry leader, tea and etiquette authority, author of Afternoon Tea~ Tips, Terms and Traditions,
A Tea Party Planner and Tea Travels™ For The Holidays (RED WAGON PRESS), as well as a hospitality, design and retail consultant, whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria,
The Plaza, and Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.
Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon,
thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.
REVA PAUL, an internationally acclaimed confectionery artist, hand decorated floral sugars and mints are available by special
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