This Christmas Morning Tea blend is easy to create and makes a wonderful little gift to share with everyone on your list during the holidays.
I always like the idea of a Christmas tea. Back in the day when my sister and I ran an herbal gift shop one of the things we sold was tea. I remember one called Christmas Eve tea. It was a tasty herbal blend.
This year I came up with my own blend. This is a Christmas Morning Tea with black tea as the base, because many of us may need a little pick me up the morning after Christmas Eve.
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Christmas Morning Tea Blend Ingredients
- In addition to the black tea (orange pekoe), I added hibiscus flowers for their tart flavor and beautiful red color.
- Next comes peppermint. Peppermint is said to be good for digestion and adds a brightness to the tea.
- For warmth, I've added cinnamon chips and whole cloves.
- Last but not least is orange peel chips. They add a very subtle citrus note and a bright color to the blend.
Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and divvy out into individual bags or air-tight containers.
I found these great looking kraft bags online that stand up on their own. There's a nice window showing the tea blend and plenty of space for a label. This is the 4 x 6-inch bag that holds about 3/4 cup or 12 teaspoons of this particular tea blend. It also comes in bigger sizes if you want to give a larger amount of tea.
Feel free to print out this label for your own bags. Right-click and save the image above to your computer. You can then upload the image to a word processor such as MSWord and use the label mailing function to print out labels. I used Avery 5360 labels for my bags.
You can also click on the image and it will open a pdf of a full page of labels, that you can cut out and glue to the package. Or, print them out on card stock, punch a hole in the corner and add them as tags.
How to Use Loose Tea
For those who are new to loose tea, you may want to add some tea filter bags to the gift
Or consider adding a tea ball infuser or a teapot with a strainer.
If you are having a Christmas party consider placing bags of the tea in a decorative container by the door so that everyone can grab one as they leave.
This Christmas Morning Tea has a nice flavor, fragrance, and beautiful red color. Perfect for the holidays and good enough for any morning.
P.S. You may also like this Hot Fruit Tea recipe or this fun Stove Top Potpourri. See these and many more on my Recipes Page.
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Christmas Morning Tea Blend
- 1/2 pound of Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea
- 2 cups hibiscus flowers
- 2 cups peppermint leaves
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 2 cups chopped orange peel
- 1/2 cup whole cloves
- Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mix well
- Use 3/4 cup to fill bags.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Thank you for this recipe! This is such a lovely idea and great when you have a big list of people to give to. I followed the quantities exactly however my tea turned out very acidic and quite bitter. It might have been the quality of my orange peel? Also it was too strong in cloves. Once I painstakingly removed a lot of these two ingredients from my first batch I only had 28 servings when I used double recipe.
In the future I will minimise orange peel and cloves so the other flavours are not overpowered. Merry Christmas!
It may have been the orange peel. I'm not sure but I'm glad you figured out the right taste for you.
Patty in CO
Hi Patti....this looks wonderful for Christmas gifts...your recipe calls for chopped\dried orange peel, but I have a ton of dried orange slices. Do you think it would work if I crushed up the orange slices instead of buying just the dried peel pieces. I usually float a dried orange slice on top of the teas that I make that have orange flavor in them. I just don't want to waste the time making the tea if the whole dried orange won't give it enough flavor. Your thoughts, please?
Patty, though I haven't tried it I do think they would work just fine. Enjoy!
My kitchen smells so out of this world fabulous. I have a number of tea drinking friends, especially members of my Jane Austen Club. I have purchased pretty little, round boxes from the Dollar Store that are the perfect size to hold a cotton napking (from a thift store); a vintage tea cup and saucer (again from a thrift store); a tea pot charm for a friendship bacelet; a hand crafted pompom Christmas Pudding ornament ( created with scrap yarn); a 7 inch trivel for on the table, created from thrift store wool blankets with a teapot applique on it; and a 4" X 6" greeting card with a printed poem about the joys of drinking tea glued to the inside, which of course I aged with tea; a tea infuser; and last but certainly not least - a 150g bag of the Christmas Moring Tea, complete with your lovely designed label. I think they will be thrilled when open the box.
I am wondering, do you have other tea recipes for other occassions such as Mother's Day; Valentines Day; Easter, etc. If so I would love to have them, so I can keep surprising my Jane Austen friends year round.
Penny, what a wonderful gift for all your friends. I don't really have any other loose tea recipes on the blog as of now. However, there is a hot fruit tea mix and a mulling spice recipe that may interest you. I'd also suggest that you try your hand at creating some blends on your own as you sound like a very creative person. Have fun and a wonderful holiday.
Hello! I am confused about the measurements. Is 1/2-pound the same as one cup? What are all these measurements in ounces? This is how these ingredients are sold. Thanks!
Shannon, sorry if it's confusing. Those are just the measurements I used to get a nice looking, smelling, and tasty tea combination. You can use any combo you like. If it helps the 1/2 pound of that particular tea measured out close to 2 cups. So the black tea, peppermint, and hibiscus were about the same in volume.
My daughter in law and best friend are tea drinkers. This will be a great personal gift for them. I love your emails. Such wonderful ideas.
Thank you so much for saying that Jody. I just made some tea for myself this morning. I hope they love it.
Patti - this is perfect and if you can believe it we have an herb shop in town so gathering these ingredients will be a breeze. I was searching for some ideas for gift giving this year so thank you!
Can hardly wait to get started on this after we arrive back home. LOVE
Thanks Carole. I had my daughter try it and she thought it was pretty good. I really love the pretty color the hibiscus gives the tea.
Hi Patti! I just went straight to Amazon and ordered all of your suggested items to make this Christmas Tea. As with all of your ideas, I know it will be a hit! This pre Christmas season I am busy making many of your delightful "gifts" for family and friends this year! Your creativity and easy directions make crafting a joy! Thank you so much for your terrific blog and may you and your family enjoy a blessed and joyful holiday season!!! Kindest Regards, Kay
Thank you so much for such a lovely, kind comment Kay. You have made my day! Wishing you and yours a blessed and joyful holiday season as well.