Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gift of Spice Tea!

Hello sweet friends, Welcome to Tastey Tuesday. Today I want to share a recipe for spice tea that you can make ahead, place in pretty jars and give as a gift during the holiday season or winter months.

This is easy to make and here is the recipe.
~~Spiced Tea~~
2 cups sugar
2 cups instant orange tang
1 cup instant unsweet tea
1 package koolaide lemonade mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves (optional) I don't usually use cloves

Mix all together and store in air tight container.
To serve place 3 tsp. mix per cup boiling water.

It sounds like a lot of sugar, but when it's mixed with all the other ingredients, and you only use 3 tsp. per cup, it's not much. I have never tried to alter the recipe with Splenda or Sweet and Low. Not sure how that would work.

Here is an idea of how it looks placed in a pretty jar or tin. Here I have a cross stitch jar lid with a poinsettia. The skies the limit as to how you could present the tea. Even a pretty teaspoon would make it special. Add some tea cookies in a gift bag and what a nice gift that is easy and quick to make.

I have also painted pretty jars to fill with this yummy hot tea too.

Here is the best part, Give the recipe written on a pretty recipe card with the jar or tin, whatever you decide to gift the tea in. Then add on the back of the card this little poem.

(Because You Are Special)

If a hot drink you would wish~
take 3 teaspoons of this tasty mix.

With boiling water fill your cup~
stir, sit down, put your feet up.

Reflect upon the season's day~
upon the joys that come your way.

Remembering it's very true~
we thank you for the things you do.

You are such a special friend~
May your happiness this Christmas, never end!

I found part of the poem with my recipe cards years ago. Finished the little verse and added it to the gift. Not sure where it came from or who the author might have been. You can add the receivers name and yours at the bottom. Makes a great neighbor, teacher, friend or family gift that can be enjoyed throughout the season.

Hope you enjoy this and let me know if you make it.
As you might know, it is getting very busy in the studio. I have so many orders to fill and thanks to my BG (best guy) who did all the wood cutting this weekend and prep work, I may be able to get everything done and on time. What would I do without you honey? Thank you so very much for your help.

Thank you for stopping by and see you again tomorrow when I will share a few studio pretties. Till then, take good care and have a wonderful day.
Smiles, Celestina Marie


Julie Marie said...

Hello Celeste... ooh that tea sounds so yummy! I plan on making several for gifts and one for myself! What a cute little saying to go along with it... I love the little jars you put some in, I have many little canning jars I could use. Your Blue Willow tea cup and saucer looks so pretty too... you have the best ideas! Have a happy day... love to you... Julie Marie

Gone said...

I make this tea, too! Yummy!!!

I make the recipe...TOTALLY ELIMINATING THE SUGAR...and package it that way, with instructions to use 1 1/2-2 teaspoons and whatever sweetener you want!! That leaves the option of sugar, another sweetener or none at all!


Unknown said...

Celeste, this is so great! I love this idea. I just love tea and what could be a better gift in the winter months? It sounds delicious too! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, idea and the sentiments! I love that cross stitched jar, so pretty!!
Love ya,

Deb said...

what a great gift idea...I'm going to have to make some of those for our customers....

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Friends,
I want to make mention that this recipe makes many small jars of tea gifts. So a lot goes a long way when presenting.

Thank you Jan for the altered sugar formula. I appreciate you letting us know this for those that need sugar free.

Enjoy, Celestina Marie

Connie said...

Sounds easy and divine for tea drinkers, sugar! You are soooo filled with fun little things to do. Creative, very creative!

Chany said...

hELLO MI PRECIOSA AMIGA, como quieres que no te extrañe si cuando pasas eres una rosa perfumnado todo con tus bellas palabras, GRACIAS, me fueron de bendición tus palabras, justo hoy me hacían falta, porque estoy un poquitoi triste, hoy es el aniversario de la muerte de mi madre, que lamentablemente murio en un atendado militar, por efecto de una bomba, que explotó cuando ella caminaba por ahí, muy triste , mucha pena en mi alma, por la muerte de hermana Laura, tus palabras amigables me hicieron bien, gracias.


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste!
Oh How I remember this from the 70's and just loved it then. I don't think I had seen it with cloves, which I love so I might just have to go get the goodies to make this. I think, if I remember correctly, you can heat this as well as drink it cold. I will make sure to write this down as I don't think I have it and I just might try this idea.

Love your daily post...I so enjoy all you do sweetie!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

What a sweet and thoughtful gift and I love the little poem.
The cross stitch lid on the jar, is beautiful. Many thanks for sharing.

Happy week

Anonymous said...

Oh Celeste!! Fabulous idea. Just fabulous. Tell me, where would I get sweet tea from. Herb store? I think this is wonderful for friends, family, church gals and so forth. Awesome idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs to you. Tammy

Ginny said...

Oh Celeste, That teas sounds so good right about now. I have had a very trying day, and a bit under the weather. I think I may be a bit down in the dumps too. Yikes! Am I a crybaby or what!
Anyway, I would love to try to make this and give it as gifts. I guess that all depends on timing. Don't work too hard in that studio.Take some time for you.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh! I had forgotten about this spiced tea. I used to make this frequently. I don't remember when or why I stopped, but thanks for the reminder. I'm sure mine was never packaged as pretty as yours though. laurie

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Celeste! Love the "Th`e" Post. ;) Your blog is always so serene when I visit. You must really be busy preparing to finish all your holiday orders. I'm praying you are BLESSED beyond compare with this seasons holiday orders. You take care.... ~Hugs ~CC Catherine

Unknown said...

Nice...thanks for the recipe..I should give it a try. Happy week ahead...M

Debra Howard said...

That is one of my very favorite recipes too! I love having a cup of spiced tea on cold autumn evenings. I always keep an old fashioned pantry jar filled with it on my counter along with homemade cocoa in another. Yumm.

Debra Howard said...

I love making this tea too. It is so good to drink on a cold autumn evening by the fire!

Ronda said...

Oh my.....
I just love spiced/Russian tea.
May I copy your recipe? Please!

Your recipe sounds even yummier that my older version.

Have a fabulous day my friend.
What a blessing you are.

Love & Prayers,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I make hot spiced tea each winter, but I don't think mine calls for the koolaide lemonade in it, so I will definitely give yours a try ~ sounds yummy!

Angelic Accents

Edie Marie's Attic said...

I remember making something similar when my boys were young. It made such great gifts! Thanks for reminding me of that and for the recipe. We all need some economic ideas for this holiday season!

Hugs, sherry

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..