Saturday, October 17, 2015

CRANBERRY TEA? YOU BETCHA!

By Mary Kennedy                                  
                                                            
 
Here at the Cozy Chicks, we're still celebrating the release of our TEA TIME with the COZY CHICKS book, and I wanted to share a couple of my favorite tea recipes, Cranberry tea and Russian tea.
 
First, cranberry tea. Yes, you can buy it (Twinings has a nice version of this tea) but it is so easy to make. The home-made version is delicious and spicy with just the right amount of tang and sweetness. 
 
Ingredients:
 
4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
4 cups water
2 tea bags
1 stick cinnamon
5 whole cloves
juice of 1/4 lemon
 
Directions:  Put the cinnamon and cloves in a little bag made of cheesecloth. (If you don't have any cheesecloth in the house) put the cloves in one of those cute little "tea balls" and it will be just fine.
                                                     
 
You can just add the cinnamon stick to the pot and it will be fine, too. Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, and then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, cloves and cinnamon stick. Your tea is ready to drink! Serve warm, you can leave it right on the stove on low. It's good served hot or cold and it serves 8.
                                                          
 
Another delicious tea is Russian Tea (I don't use Tang, I make it the old-fashioned way with orange juice, pineapple juice and spices.). Very easy! The recipe below serves 20 so it's great for a party.
 
Ingredients:
 
5 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
3 quarts water
3 tea bags
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 and 1/2 cups pineapple juice
 
Directions:
 
Boil water and add tea bags and spices. Steep for 5 minutes. Now add juices and sugar, simmer for 15 minutes. Remove spices and serve.
 
For some great recipes, plus fun facts about tea and our very own "tea memories" (mine is about a Perfect Yorkshire Tea) be sure to grab a copy of our book, TEA TIME with THE COZY CHICKS.    
                                  
 
Here's how you can order it, and be sure to watch the fun video, using the bottom link on this page. I hope this inspires you to host a tea party for your friends!.
 
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by Mary Kennedy

6 comments:

TM said...

Oh, sounds yummy. I love anything cranberry, plus the Russian one sounds delicious.

mary kennedy said...

Hi TM, hope you try them both! They are delish, thank you for stopping by.

Lynda Turpin said...

These sound like something I would like to try. I have a fairly limited taste when it comes to tea. There is a shop near me called Teavanna and I have tried quite a few of their teas. I have found some that were OK, but never really found anything that I would want on a regular basis. My primary tea is an herbal Orange Spice, but I sometimes switch to Constant Common. However, these teas you mentioned have ingredients that I think I would enjoy, so I'll give them a try.

I actually drink tea more when I'm on vacation than at home. At home, things are usually more rushed, and I drink mostly lemon water. But, I love to start my vacation mornings just sitting and sipping some tea and listening to quiet music or an audio book - maybe reading or doing a puzzle. Or, depending on where I'm at, just sitting and looking at the scenery around me. I tend to associate tea with peace and relaxation.

mary kennedy said...

There really is something soothing about tea, Lynda, I agree! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this entire idea, Mary! Thanks for a great recipe and for spreading the word about our terrific tea book.

XO

mary kennedy said...

Thanks so much, Mary Jane, I hope everyone tries the recipes and buys our wonderful book.