Cranberry-orange tea for your holiday table

Fresh cranberries. Photo:

San Jose’s holiday season has begun, and everyone is thinking about tasty holiday treats, as well as having a relaxing Thanksgiving. Fruit and warming spices can not only be added to wine and apple cider, they can be easily added to a pot of tea as well, and make a wonderful variation. Especially if you’re watching your sugar and calorie intake, homemade flavored teas make a delicious alternative to higher calorie treats like egg nog and cocktails, and they are a holiday indulgence available to everyone. Try adding cranberry and orange to your next pot of tea!

Homemade cranberry orange tea
1 ½ tablespoons loose-leaf black tea or 4 to 5 good-quality tea bags
½ cup dried cranberries
1 fresh orange
4 teaspoons jellied cranberry sauce (no berries)

Wash and slice the fresh orange in half and then into 1/8 inch thick slices. Cut the dried cranberries in half. Place about a tablespoon of dried cranberries and 4 orange slices into a warmed, 4-cup teapot. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of loose tea, or 4 to 5 good-quality teabags, and cover with boiling water. Let steep for 5 or 6 minutes. Place a teaspoon of cranberry jelly and a quarter of an orange slice in each cup. Strain the hot tea into the cups and enjoy. Makes 4 cups of cranberry orange tea.

Adults and children, and those who are avoiding alcohol and other high-calorie treats, as well as those who can indulge, will all enjoy a nice hot cup of flavorful tea with their holiday meal. Serve your homemade cranberry-orange tea over ice and add some lemon-flavored carbonated water, to create a festive punch that will be as welcome in front of the football game on T.V. as it will at the dinner table!  Experiment with other traditional holiday ingredients to create your own homemade tea blends, such as orange spice, apple spice and pumpkin spice.  Your family might like it so much that the ingredients find their way into your tea party pantry!

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

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