Spiced Sweet Tea

on December 21 | in Drinks, Food, Holidays, Recipes | by | with 20 Comments

Thanksgiving is over. The trees are shedding the last of their golden leaves, the breeze carries a new chill and neighborhoods are being sprinkled with twinkle lights to officially welcome the Christmas season. As nature prepares for a long winter rest, we stock up on firewood and fluffy socks. We look forward to months of bundling up with a hot mug of something delicious while the outside world is tucked in by a blanket of snow.

When I was asked to bring a drink to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s house, the wheels started turning. I immediately wanted to try a southern favorite, sweet tea – but I wanted to honor the coming months with a little bit of spice and turn it into the “something delicious” I had been dreaming about. The result was a lot like chai, but a little bit smoother and a little bit sweeter.

This is the perfect drink, hot or cold. I’ve had it both ways and I can’t decide which one I love more! With a warm spice blend, a cinnamon stick, a little cream, and enough sugar to make the South proud — this Spiced Sweet Tea will be a wonderful addition to anyone’s winter beverage repertoire.

What’s your favorite cold weather drink?

Spiced Sweet Tea
Makes about 2/3 gallon.

12 cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks
1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice – you can make this yourself! (recipe here!)
1 cup of sugar for very sweet, 1/2-3/4 cup for sweet
8 teabags (I use Earl Grey)
Half & Half (1 tbsp. per cup of tea)

Hot

1. In a large pot, bring 12 cups of water to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer.

2. Add cinnamon sticks and pumpkin pie spice and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Turn off the heat, remove the cinnamon sticks and steep teabags in the hot water for 7 minutes.

4. Remove the teabags and add the sugar.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

5. Ladle the tea into mugs and add 1 tbsp. half and half per mug.  Stir and serve with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cold

1. Repeat steps 1-4 from the Hot instructions.

2. Let the tea cool to room temperature and then pour it into a large pitcher to store in the refrigerator overnight.

3. Serve black or with 1 tbsp. half and half and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

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20 Responses to Spiced Sweet Tea

  1. This sounds so delish! I’m going to try it! I’m always in search for fun new things to drink and nothing beats homemade. Dear Starbucks… raincheck? :)

    Your photos are AMAZING.

  2. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    Tiffany – sounds divine! I can already taste it — I’m partial to an old fashioned hot chocolate myself but this is swaying me!
    Kelly

    • Tiffany | Offbeat & Inspired says:

      You have to let me know how you like it! I’m definitely a hot chocolate gal, but this one’s taking over. :)

  3. Mmmm I’m a huge fan of Chai tea latte so this looks right up my alley. Thanks for sharing, Tiff! I agree with Donna- your pictures are out of this world amazing.

  4. laurie says:

    This sounds so warm and cozy and perfect for a cold winter’s night! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I had to pin it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. Sarah | Offbeat & Inspired says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  6. Lucy says:

    Sooo delish and love the photos…thanks T xo

  7. Oh this sounds so delicious! Love this season!

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  10. This sounds really great! Will definitely have to try it! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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