Spicy Infusion Tea

Dec 13 2011 by
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I normally don’t drink flavored tea but around the holidays I love to make spiced tea. Take today for instance, I was out in the rain going in and out of a dozen different places running errands and when I got home all damp and cold the first thing I did was to brew up a hot cup of this delicious and aromatic spiced tea. The tea warmed me up and the aroma lifted my spirits. ¬†What better gift can you give to someone than some happiness in a cup?



  • 1 orange, zest removed and dried *see notes
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 2 tbsp cardamom pods
  • 2 tbsp whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup whole star anise
  • 1/2 cup loose tea of your choice, black tea works best


  1. In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients.
  2. Place the tea mixture in a cellophane bag or other pretty container.
  3. Write out tea making instructions to include with the tea mixture.

Nutritional Info:

Nutrition information not available.


To dry the orange zest peel the orange and remove the white pith. Cut the skin into strips and lay on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees until dry, about 30 minutes.

Brewing instructions are as follows:

Place 1 tbsp of the tea mixture into a reusable tea bag or diffuser and place into a mug. Pour hot water (around 190 degrees) over the tea mixture and steep for 3 minutes.

Keeps for up to 3 months stored in a sealed bag or container.

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