The Best Christmas Tea Recipe


Christmas Tea Recipe

Christmas tea is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with the ones you love. This tea has something that everyone will love, with its hint of spice mixed with tea, citrus, and even apple flavoring. Everyone at your gathering will enjoy having a glass of this delicious tea in their hand as you celebrate together, with those you hold most dear. 

Christmas Tea in tea cup


Nothing beats a cool day like a warm cup in your hand to help you feel warm and cozy all the way through. Today I am very excited to share with you one of my favorite drink recipes. This recipe is perfect for the Christmas season, as you gather with loved ones, I always enjoy celebrating with a warm glass in my hand. Our Christmas tea recipe makes for a delicious drink as you gather with your friends and family this Holiday season. 

Spiced Christmas Tea

Spiced Christmas tea is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebration. Our recipe contains basic seasonal spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Not only does the combination of this spice mix smell amazing, but it also tastes wonderful. Our tea recipe can be made in small or large quantities, depending upon your needs. 

Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays

Our Christmas tea recipe that I am so excited to share with you, is intended to be served while warm, however it may also be enjoyed after it has chilled. Christmas tea can easily be prepared ahead of time, and kept warm on a warming burner or in your crockpot too, which makes it super easy for everyone to help themselves whenever they want. 

Hot Spiced Christmas Tea

Not only is this tea great served warm, but if you want to make your tea a bit hotter, as in hot flavor, you can always try spicing it up by adding a few red hots to your mixture. If you prefer an adult version of this tea, you could also spice things up by adding a bit of spiced rum to the mixture, to fit your tastes. No matter if you prefer the adult or family friendly versions, adding a bit of spice can also make this hot spiced Christmas tea a bit more spicy. 

Reasons We Love This Spiced Christmas Tea Recipe

There are so many reasons why we love this spiced Christmas tea recipe. Our family loves to gather around a warm drink. In recent years, we have always had a pot of different kinds of tea when we gather to celebrate Christmas. By the end of the day, the tea is always gone, as everyone, even the kids have enjoyed at least a taste of it. I love this Christmas tea recipe because it is very easy to make, tastes amazing, and can be made in advance. 

The Best Christmas Tea Ever!

This amazing tea recipe makes the best Christmas tea ever because of it’s tea flavor, mixed with delicious and fragrant spice mixture. Then combine it with a delightful citrus and apple flavoring to make a very delicious tea. Now that your taste buds are engaged, let’s look at what you will need to make this tea for the holiday season. 

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Hot Christmas Spiced Tea Ingredients

Black tea bags
Cranberry mango or cranberry pineapple juice
Orange juice
Ground cloves
Ground nutmeg
Lemon juice 
Apple or oranges
Cinnamon stick (optional) 

How To Make

To begin make your spice mix. Make your mix by combining sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a jar with a lid and shaking until it is combined. You can use this mix in all kinds of ways. Another of my favorites is to add about a tablespoon of this mixture into a glass of warmed apple juice for a homemade version of spiced apple cider. 

Once the spice mix is combined, you can begin to make your Christmas tea. Make your tea by adding water to a saucepan and bringing the water to a boil. Once boiling, turn your water to low and add your teabags. Let the tea bags soak for 5 minutes, then remove them. 

Add part of your spice mix, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and slices of apples into your tea water. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute before you remove it from the heat. Serve while warm and enjoy! 

Tips for Making Spiced Tea

Spice Mix. When preparing your Christmas tea recipe, it is very important that you prepare the spice mix by itself, then add a portion of this mix to your tea. You will not want all the spice mixture to be added, but you will want to include part of it to get the amazing flavors. This spice mixture also makes a great gift, we will cover more about this later. 

Boiling. Bring your tea mixture to a boil, once everything is added, is a very important step. Boiling will help the sugar and spices stay mixed into the tea. You may still see some of the spices sink to the bottom, but simply give your tea a stir to mix them back in. 

Apples or Oranges. The choice between using apple or orange slices will help determine the final flavor of your tea. If you prefer an overall citrus flavor with a hit of apple, then be sure to add the oranges. However, if you prefer an apple flavor with a hit of citrus, apples will do the trick for you. Of course, there is always the option to add both if you want! This will make both flavors more prominent. 

How to Serve this Spiced Holiday Tea

Spiced Christmas tea is great when you serve it hot or cold. This tea recipe is also great when served as a treat throughout the day or with a meal. I enjoy serving it warm, with apple or orange slices in it, for added appeal. Sometimes, I like to keep it available in a crockpot on warm, so that my guests can help themselves as well. Now, for the Christmas tea recipe, that shows you step-by-step how to make this delicious drink. 

Christmas Tea Recipe


Spice Mix

2 Tbsp cinnamon
¼ Tbsp ground nutmeg
¼ Tbsp ground cloves
2 cups sugar

Christmas Tea

3 cups water 
3 black tea bags
¾ cup cranberry mango or cranberry pineapple juice
¾ cup orange juice
¼ cup spice mix
1 Tbsp lemon juice 
1 apple or orange, cut into slices
Cinnamon stick (optional) 

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

To begin make your spice mix. In a jar, combine all of your ingredients. Screw on your lid and shake up the contents until they are completely mixed up. Set aside. 

Step 2

To make your tea, add water to a medium-sized saucepan, and bring it to a boil. When your water begins to boil, add your tea bags, and turn the temperature to low. Allow tea bags to soak for 5 minutes. 

Step 3

Remove your tea bags, then add the remaining Christmas Tea ingredients. These include cranberry juice, orange juice, spice mix, lemon juice, apple or orange slices, and cinnamon sticks if desired. Bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you desire, after your Christmas Tea recipe is prepared, you may refrigerate, or pour it into a crockpot to keep warm. Once done, your tea should be stored in the fridge unless serving. 

Nutrition Facts

The nutritional value of each serving may depend on the type of juices and tea bags that are used. We estimate, given the ingredients that we typically used to make this tea, that in one cup of tea, there are 68 calories. We also estimated that each serving contains 0.4g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 17.2g carbohydrates, and 0.6g protein. 

Is Homemade Christmas Tea Good for You?

Surprisingly yes, homemade Christmas tea is good for you. The most calories in this tea will come from the juice we add-in, as well as the sugar content. Because these portions are low, the overall contents of our Christmas tea recipe is good for you to enjoy. 

What Type of Tea is Best for Christmas Tea? 

My favorite kind of tea to use for our Christmas tea recipe is basic black tea bags. I enjoy using them because they are low cost and I can purchase them in a large package so that I can make more, and they taste good. Other teas may be used as well in the recipe. Try experimenting and see what your favorite kind to make is. 

Recipe Variations 

There are several different popular recipe variations across the web, that are similar to our tea recipe, yet they are different. Some of them contain alcohol, while others are basic spiced tea recipes. Below are a few summaries of popular Christmas-flavored teas. 

Country Christmas Tea

Country Christmas tea is a basic recipe for tea that is spiced with ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This recipe also includes a bit of rum and vodka to spice up your holiday gatherings. 

Hot Christmas Tea

If you like spicy things, try making your Christmas tea hot, and I don’t mean the literal temperature of the tea you drink. To make it hot, you can try adding some spiced rum, some hot tamale candies, or some red hots melted into your tea to liven it up. 

Instant Russian Tea Recipe With Tang

This recipe for Russian Tea is called many things, and this is only one name for it. This drink is made from combining 1lb tang, 1 package lemon-aid, 2 cups sugar, ¾ cup unsweetened instant tea, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp ground cloves. Mix the ingredients together, then store in a jar. Once mixed together you can heat up your water in a mug, then add your desired amount of the mix to your mug. 

Christmas Tea Punch

Christmas tea punch can also be made in a variety of ways. One of the favorite ways to make this punch is to combine, cold water, sweet tea, mulled apple cider, sparkling apple cider, and cranberry juice together. Chill, then serve and enjoy. 

Christmas Spiced Tea Mix

The spice mix from the Christmas tea recipe above makes a perfect mix to keep around the house and use in various drinks. This spiced mix also makes for a great gift if you are looking for something for that special person who is just hard to find the perfect thing to give them. 

Easy Homemade Holiday Gift

Tea mixes make for great holiday gifts for that special someone. These mixes are easy to make, and low cost. Below are a couple of specific tea recipes that make great gifts. 

How to Make Spiced Tea Mix

To make a spiced tea mix as a holiday gift, you will want to combine all of the ingredients, then pour the dry mix into a jar. Place the list securely on the jar. Then you will want to add a tag, or card with instructions on how the tea can be prepared, before giving the gift. 

How to Package Spiced Tea Mix for Gift Giving

You may also want to package the tea mix special if it is being given as a gift. A few nice ways to spice up the jar of tea mix is to add a label or decorate the lid of the jar by adding a printed cutout or closing the lid on a piece of Christmas fabric for added decoration. 

Friendship Tea Recipe (Spiced Tea with Tang)

1/2 cup Tang orange drink mix
1 cup lemonade powder 
1 cup unsweetened instant iced tea powder
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Hot Spiced Tea from Tang

2 2/3 cups TANG
1 cup instant tea powder 
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Giving the Gift of Spiced Tea

Giving a gift of spiced tea or spice mix can be a great gift, that the receiver of your gift can enjoy for a while in the future. These gifts are also great for the person who is more of a challenge to buy things for. Plus, this gift is handmade and thoughtful, but at the same time, will not break the bank. 

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Hosting A Christmas Afternoon Tea

Everyone loves a tea party, so what better way to celebrate than by hosting a Christmas afternoon tea. There are some great ways to host a lovely tea, and not completely tire yourself out in the process. 

Hosting A Christmas Tea Recipes

When hosting a Christmas tea, there are a few necessary recipes that you will need. First, the tea. Our Christmas tea recipe above makes for the perfect tea to feature at your tea party. Then all that is left is the food. Don’t feel like you have to make everything. But what you do make, we have a few helpful recipes for you to keep things simple. 

How To Host A Perfect Christmas Tea Party

There are three main things to consider when hosting the perfect Christmas tea party. First the tea, second the food, and third the decorations. Decorations can take care of themselves, as you can use anything Christmas-related, so this leaves the food and tea. 

Things To Remember When Hosting Your Tea Party

When you are hosting your tea party, remember to not stress yourself out. We have got you covered on the tea recipe, and your decorations can be anything Christmassy. So that only leaves the food. For the food, remember you don’t have to make everything yourself. Try to buy some delicious treats or ask your guests to each bring something to pass. This will leave you with some tasty sandwiches to make to go with your tea. 

Sandwich Filling Ideas

A super-easy way to make a few different types of sandwiches for your Christmas tea is to buy several loaves of the same bread, but prepare or purchase different types of sandwich fillings. Some great sandwich filling ideas include, egg salad, chicken salad, cream cheese, ham, smoked salmon, mustard, peanut butter, and raspberry jelly. 


2 whole loaves soft white bread
4 ounces thinly sliced ham
4 ounces sliced smoked salmon
4 ounces whipped cream cheese
1/8 cup Dijon mustard
1 cups raspberry jelly
½ cup peanut butter
1 cups prepared egg salad
1 cups prepared chicken salad
1 cup prepared cucumber salad


To prepare the sandwiches, simply spread out the bread, and divide up the six different sandwich options. Make the sandwiches, then cut each sandwich into an X shape, so that you have four triangles per sandwich. Arrange your cut pieces of sandwiches and cute serving dishes and place them out to serve. Serve and enjoy. 

Delicious Holiday Drink

Delicious holiday drinks are like comfort in a mug. Holding that bit of warmth in your hand on a cool day does not compare to anything else. This recipe we have shared with you today is great for all of your holiday gatherings, and can be enjoyed warm or chilled. 

Making a Cup of Hot Spiced Tea

Making a cup of hot spiced tea is easy to make and can be ready in minutes. You can also easily keep it warm so that everyone can enjoy it throughout the day. Enjoying a glass of Christmas tea together helps to draw everyone closer together as you celebrate during the holiday season. 

Christmas Tea Recipe

Our recipe for Christmas tea is a delicious tea recipe that uses a base of black tea, mixed with a variety of spices, and is topped off with apple and citrus flavors making it the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season with the ones you love. Give this recipe a try today, and let us know what you think about it! 

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