This hot fruit tea mix is a tasty way to warm up on a winter day and makes a great gift for family and friends during the holidays.
Several years ago we lived in Nashville, Tennessee. It was then that I discovered Fruit Tea. Living in the northern part of the US I had never tried or heard of fruit tea before. And, I haven't seen it since I moved back.
Fruit tea is similar to flavored iced teas that you can find in the north, but in my opinion, the tea I had in Nashville was more juice based rather than just flavored.
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Before we moved away, a friend of mine gave me a jar of fruit tea mix. It was meant to make instant cold fruit tea or hot fruit tea.
Recently, I came across the original jar she gave me and thought of her, the time we spent together, and this nice gift she made.
So, I decided to try to make my own hot fruit tea recipe.
This mix works with a larger mug that holds about 12 ounces of water. However, you can experiment and vary the amount of tea mix for a smaller or larger cup.
I had an idea of what the mix should be like but when I was researching the idea I found something called Russian Tea. It seemed to be very similar to my idea of a fruit tea mix. Russian Tea in the US according to Wikipedia, is especially popular in the Southeastern United States. So perhaps my idea of southern fruit tea is actually Russian Tea.
The recipe I came up with uses instant iced tea as the base. Sugar, lemonade, orange drink powder, and cinnamon powder are added to give it that fruit tea flavor.
You could try using Tang and cloves as mentioned in the Russian Tea Wikipedia article for a variation.
If you want to make a bunch as gifts for friends feel free to use the label I created to add to your jars.
Just click on the label and it will open to a pdf with 12 labels on a page.
This recipe makes 2 cups of the mix which fits perfectly into a pint mason jar. Or you could get fancy and choose these pretty Weck Jars.
Hot Fruit Tea Mix
- 1 cup unsweetened ice tea mix
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 packet .15 oz lemonade
- 1 packet .15 oz orange drink mix
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together
- Store in a sealed container.
- Add a label with instructions.