Tippy’s Autumn Mulled Tea Recipe

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There may still be a warm breeze in the air, but very soon things are going to start getting crisp and chilly. The leaves will start to turn, everything will start to smell wonderfully earthy, and Kat will start cooking warm, comforting dishes. It’s my job to get the beverages ready for the cooler weather, and I have the perfect recipe to share with you today. Something comforting, and spicy, like a warm fuzzy sweater in a mug. Have you ever tried mulled cider? It’s warm apple cider with delicious warming spices heated through it. I was thinking about how Char used to make the most wonderful mulled cider, and realized it’s easy to add these flavors to tea. Very similar to masala chai. Who doesn’t love a good chai?

I started with chai and traditional mulled wine in mind, and made a few tweaks. Here’s the delicious recipe I came up with:

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Tippy’s Mulled Tea

3 cups hot water

4 slices of orange peel

4 whole cloves

3 cardamom pods

2 1-inch pieces of cinnamon

1 tsp sliced fresh ginger

3 bags orange spice tea

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Use a peeler to carefully create your orange peel slices. Try to just get the orange part, and not the white bit, as that is a bit bitter Bring the water to a boil, and add the orange peel and spices.

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Lower to a simmer, and let it cheerfully bubble together for 10 minutes. Dearies it’s going to smell amazing in your kitchen! Enjoy that aroma, turn off the heat and add the teabags. Let everything sit for another 5 minutes. Taste, and you can let it sit even longer if you’d like. Strain the mixture. We like to serve the tea in mugs and let our guests add honey to their liking. Or you could add a few tablespoons of honey after you strain the spices.

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I decided to try using Private Selection Orange Spice tea in this mulled brew. One of Kat’s favorite teas, it is a lovely black tea blend that is infused with orange, cinnamon, and cloves. She brings it out as soon as the first few leaves start to lazily float to the ground. A perfect autumn and winter tea, It’s comforting and will enhance all of the wonderful mulling spices.

This is the perfect drink to whip up when you’re feeling chilled and in need of some comfort. It’s also well suited for a gathering- your friends will smell the warm spicy aroma as soon as they enter the front door. Happy mulling!

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Teas For The Fireside

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The days are growing shorter, which means chillier evenings in our neck of the woods. Kat often enjoys an early evening walk to hear the wind rustle through the dry leaves, and count the emerging stars. Don’t worry, I always remind her to bring a hat and scarf! When she returns from her brisk walk Kat is ready for the perfect warming tea. Of course I’m here to deliver! We’ve discussed evening teas before, but there is an additional way that Kat and I relax and warm ourselves. A cuppa by the fire! It doesn’t get much better than holding a mug of tea while listening to the crackle and pop of the fire. Warmth emanates from the fireplace and continues with each sip of tea. With the right teas to steep and the smoky, warm fire, we feel as if we are sitting in a log cabin in the woods.

One of Kat’s most favorite teas to sip by the fire is Wegman’s Cinnamon Spice Black Tea. Kat discovered this tea at one of her book clubs meetings. The group discussed a story that took place in Switzerland in the wintertime, and they sipped this tea as they talked. Kat told me the tea gave her a warmth that shined all throughout her body. The tingle of cinnamon, hum of cloves, and hint of orange grabbed Kat’s attention. She went out to the store right after book club and brought home a box. When I steeped it up I felt that soothing cinnamon warmth right down through the edges of my saucer! A warmth to melt the most arctic evening.

Since Kat loves to re-create her favorite teas herself, she decided to craft her own cinnamon spice blend. This blend can be made with or without black tea.

Crush a whole cinnamon stick, and 4-5 cloves. Kat likes to do this with a mortar and pestle, but you can easily put the ingredients in a zip top bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the mix to an infuser basket, paper filter, or right into the cup. Pour boiling water over the spices and let steep for at least 5 minutes. You can add loose tea or teabag of your choice, or go without tea altogether. A dash of honey or maple syrup can be added if you’d like a bit of sweetness.

Even if you don’t have a fireplace of your own, drinking a warming tea on a chilly night will bring you right to that log cabin in the woods. What teas do you reach for when the sun sets and the temperature starts to dip?