Cinnamon and cardamom infused tea is sweetened with freshly squeezed orange juice to make this delicious and soothing winter spice orange tea. It’s the perfect hot beverage to enjoy on winter days or cool summer nights.
How has winter been treating you so far? It has been absolutely brutal here; by Texan standards, that is. I know I shouldn’t be complaining when most people up North are buried under snow, but you see, we aren’t used to it being so cold. And on top of that, there are the seasonal allergies…ughh.
I like to load up on my vitamin C in the form of sweet winter oranges. Last week, I found these beautiful red cara cara navel oranges and I cannot stop snacking on them, literally. They’re just so good. And so pretty, no?
I also made spiced tea sweetened with the oranges and it was so good… warm, soothing and very delicious.
The recipe for this winter spiced tea is very simple and you can customize it to use your favorite spices. I brewed some teabags along with cinnamon and cardamom. I served the hot tea with a generous dose of freshly squeezed orange juice and it turned out simply delicious.
I didn’t add any sweetener in my orange tea, but you could add some if needed. A dash of honey would be lovely.
A cup of this spiced orange tea on a cold day is perfect to soothe any sniffles or a sore throat. The little kick of spice from the cinnamon, the floral notes of cardamom and the tangy-sweet orange juice makes it unbelievably good. And you can have as much of it as you like, especially if you don’t add additional sweetener.
Here’s how you can make this Winter Spice Orange Tea.
- Water - 2 cups
- Cinnamon - 1 stick
- Cardamom - 4 pods, crushed
- Black teabag - 1 (or use 2 tsp loose tea)
- Orange juice - ½ cup, freshly squeezed
- Honey - to sweeten, if needed
- Bring water to a boil along with cinnamon and cardamom in a saucepan. Add tea, cover and let steep for 4-5 minutes.
- Strain the tea. Fill tea mugs or glasses two-thirds with the hot tea and top with fresh orange juice. Taste and see if you need to sweeten with honey. Serve immediately.
2. You can store the orange tea int he fridge for a day and warm it up before serving.
3. Use your favorite spice while brewing the tea. You can use cloves, star anise, etc or herbs like fresh mint or rosemary too.
Enjoy a glass of hot cinnamon and cardamom spiced orange tea to keep warm on winter days or if you feel like enjoying a warm beverage any time.
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How has winter been in your neck of the woods? Have you tried hot orange tea? Do try this recipe and let me know how you like it.
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