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Hot Spiced Tea Perfect for the Holidays

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 15, 2015 | Categories: Recipes
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hot spiced tea with cinnamon honey star anise orange peel

It’s starting to feel a bit chilly in the mornings here, now. In fact, we have a chance of our first frost of the season this coming Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and cooler temperatures, but I don’t like cold. I’m more of a 50s for a low and 70s for a high kind of a gal. But I love hot spiced tea any day of the year.

There are so many health benefits to drinking tea, too.

When I woke up this morning I had a bit of a scratchy throat and felt the chill in the air and knew I needed a cup of hot spiced tea… to soothe my throat and warm me up. Here’s an easy, delicious hot spiced tea recipe…

Hot Spiced Tea

hot spiced tea with cinnamon honey star anise orange peel


  • 1 1/5 cup water
  • 1 bag of my favorite tea
  • A couple of peels of an orange/tangerine (I used a Cutie)
  • 2 or 3 cloves
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Star anise
  • Honey


  1. Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  2. Add the dash of cinnamon, orange peels and the cloves. If you like it stronger, use your fingertips to break down the tips of the cloves then add to water.
  3. Cover pan and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. A little longer if you prefer the spices to really kick in.
  4. Turn off heat and add the tea bag and if you wish a whole star anise. Allow the tea to steep for at least a couple of minutes or until your desired preference.
  5. Pour through a strainer into your mug and sweeten with honey.

hot spiced tea with cinnamon honey star anise orange peel

hot spiced tea with cinnamon honey star anise orange peel

This is a very feel good comforting tea that will warm you up and get your day off to a good start or a great way to end a day. This is the perfect fall/autumn tea. Enjoy!

When is your favorite time to drink hot tea?

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18 Responses to Hot Spiced Tea Perfect for the Holidays

  1. Heather S says:

    I drink at least one cup of hot tea a day; I love green and blacks, all different types. This spiced tea looks so GOOD. Going to give it a try making it this weekend when I have a couple friends visiting!

  2. Dee Lafrenz says:

    I always forget to add cloves to mine. Love the orange peels in tea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tricia Hope says:

    Looks so pretty and inviting with the star anise.Going to make this right now!

  4. This sounds like a great new way to enjoy some tea on a cool day. thanks!

  5. Shannon says:

    This sounds delicious and thank you for sharing.

  6. MeltheCrafter says:

    Sounds delish! Hot tea is always good on a cold day, thanks for sharing!

  7. Trish F says:

    Wow, that looks yummy and oh so calming. I just gave up coffee so I’m looking for alternatives to ease the transition. I think I will try this. Thanks!

  8. San says:

    I love tea, but never tried this spiced tea before. Can’t wait to give this a try, thanks for sharing!

  9. Maria Montero says:

    I’m a tea lover, I just love the citrus flavor I must try this

  10. amani bouchoukh says:

    looks yummy, and i love tea , i will try it

  11. Amber Ludwig says:

    I joke with my mom that a clear sign Im old is that tea (instead of wine) is my favorite late night drink lol!! I just love it so much!! I am not an anise fan tho so I try to omite that from my life as much as possible!! Think this recipe would work without it?!?

  12. Stephanie Olmsted says:

    I might have to try this as my daughter has been wanting orange tea. Would be great for a cool fall day.

  13. Jenn says:

    That looks great! I could use a cup of this right now!

  14. Ana Aguilar says:

    I’m so trying this, thank you!

  15. Athena H. says:

    This is definitely the season for hot tea and warm spices!

  16. krystel says:

    This recipe sounds Delicious iv’e noticed my throat starts to get very dry during the colder season

  17. Starla B says:

    This looks and sounds so delicious. So perfect for the cold weather right now in Georgia!

  18. alicia szemon says:

    mm(: love how you dressed it up with the lemon on top