12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Hot Spiced Tea and Cider Mix

Posted by Tara on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Spice Tea Jar Mix
hot spiced cider

Here’s one of my hubby’s favorite fall/winter beverages. He asks me to make this mix so he can keep some at work to make whenever he wants.  I also had a request for this recipe from an old friend Pam.  The recipe is easy to make and can be stored in a pretty canning jar, or given as a gift.  Mix it with hot water to make Hot Spiced Tea, or mix it with hot apple cider for a tangy sweet fruity drink.  And I know some folks who also prefer the hot cider with a splash of rum to spice up the holidays. Anyway – make it however you want it.  Just know you have options!

2 cups Tang or instant orange drink mix

1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid lemonade mix

1/2 cup instant iced tea mix (I used Decaf)

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

Combine ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well then place tea mix in an airtight container until ready to use.  The mix yields 4 cups and will fit into a quart canning jar, which also makes a pretty way to package the mix and give as a gift.

To make 1 cup of Hot Spiced Tea – add 1 Tablespoon of mix to 1 cup hot water.  You can add more or less mix to suit your taste.

To make Hot Spiced Cider – add 2/3 cup mix to 1/2 gallon hot apple cider. Stir to dissolve.

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8 Responses to “12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Hot Spiced Tea and Cider Mix”

  1. [...] Hot apple cider is a so reminiscent of the cooler months. Of course, it tastes better in a canning jar! You can find the recipe here: Hot Spiced Apple Cider. [...]

  2. Pam Staffordon 21 Dec 2011 at 1:33 pm 2

    So glad you posted this! I have been waiting for this a long time. I think you made this at your house one time. I believe we had a ladies bible devotion a long time ago when you went to Highland Heights church. I remember I loved it!! Can’t wait to make this, I might just make it for Christmas day!

  3. Taraon 21 Dec 2011 at 4:08 pm 3

    Glad you like it Pam. I’m not sure if this is the exact recipe I made back then, but Richard really enjoys it.

  4. [...] Hot Spiced Apple Cider and Hot Spiced Tea Mix [...]

  5. Janon 13 Dec 2012 at 8:18 pm 5

    Where in the world did you find Tang? It’s not to be found…in fact, store managers act as though they’ve never heard of it here in SC. I think I even tried to find it online to order. I had an intriguing recipe I wanted to try using Tang and I think I finally threw it away because I thought it had disappeared.

  6. Taraon 13 Dec 2012 at 9:16 pm 6

    HI Jan,

    Here in Middle TN Kroger, Publix, Walmart and an independent grocery store all carry Tang. I believe it was originally deisgned as an instant drink for astronauts to carry into space. I usually find it either near the Kool-aid drink mixes or near the breakfast mixes like Ovaltine or even Nestle Quick chocolate milk mix. I think our Kroger even has a store brand labeled “instant breakfast drink”. Hope you find some!

  7. Amelieon 19 Dec 2012 at 9:46 am 7

    Hi there!
    This recipe looks so good!
    I was just wondering about the instant tea: is it the instant iced tea mix (Lipton or whatever brand)? I can’t seem to find anything else.
    Thank you!

  8. Taraon 19 Dec 2012 at 2:38 pm 8

    Yes Amelie the instant tea is instant iced tea mix like Lipton or store brand.

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