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Spice Tea Recipe

Updated on March 29, 2015
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A Moment of Relaxation with Spice Tea

The holidays are often hectic and tiring, but in the end they are always filled with wonderful memories. Each year my family gathers together for the festivities. Since my siblings and their families live in different states of the US, there is a lot of travel involved, a lot of planning and a lot of cooking. My mother leads the pack and tries very hard to coordinate everyone and everything. Sometimes just finding a bed for everyone can be challenging. I am the only one of my parents' children who still lives in our hometown so I am frequently honored with guests.

With so many people around and so much going on for days, my sister and I seek out moments to slip away from the crowd and sip tea, giggle and share the latest gossip. A pillow fight is definitely not out of the question. Occasionally our mother, my daughter or a sister-in-law will join us, but this little meeting always begins with me, my sister and a cup of tea.

It is with this cherished time together in mind, that I wish to share our Spice Tea Recipe with you. I hope you find a few moments to slip away with a loved one and share a cup of tea.

A Cup of Spice Tea

A Cup of Spice Tea
A Cup of Spice Tea
Tea Time
Tea Time
Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Approx. 50 ~ Depends on tea strength per cup


  • 2 - 27 oz. Jars of Orange Drink (like Tang)
  • 12 oz. Lemonade dry mix (like Countrytime)
  • 1 cup Instant Tea
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Simply mix everything together. Add 2 teaspoons of tea mix to 1 cup of hot water for one lovely cup of hot tea. Just remember, if you are using a mug, it will require approx. 3 teaspoons of tea to make a tantalizing cup of tea.
  2. Store in an air-tight container
2.9 stars from 25 ratings of Spice Tea Recipe


Ingredients in My Spice Tea Recipe
Ingredients in My Spice Tea Recipe | Source

An Easy Gift

Simply fill a canning jar, an empty jelly jar or any small container with Spice Tea. If you are using a canning jar, cut a square of material with pinking shears and cover the top of the jar!

Voilà, a delicious gift!

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Pretty Canning Jars

Select a pretty jar for your Spice Tea gift.

I actually really like this Bormioli Rocco Fido Latch Canning Jar, not only because it is attractive, but because it has a tight seal to seal in freshness so the spice tea will last longer.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

After several days of company, we are all usually exhausted and in need of a long winters nap. I always like to send treats home with my guests and packing some of the remaining tea is just the right thing. When they get back home and have that moment to unwind, then they can fix a cup of Spice Tea and allow the fragrance of the tea to return them to the memory of our time together.

The jar pictured on the right, is the container that held the original gift of Spice Tea given to me by my sister 25+ years ago. The tea is long since gone, but the refillable container and the memory remains.

Each year I refill this little jar and hide it as my personal reserve!

Award Winning Recipe

I entered this recipe in the Squidoo Thanksgiving Cookoff (for Charity).

It was one of the contest winners, therefore the charity I support, National Wildlife Federation's Alaska Regional Center, received $1000.

I hope you enjoy -- and if you do, don't be shy, spread the word!

Acknowledgement Letter from $1000 recipent, National Wildlife Federation Alaska

Sylvestermouse, many, many thanks from the small staff of the National Wildlife Federation Alaska office for earning us a $1,000 Squidoo donation. This is amazing! You have helped support our work in youth leadership cultivation, sustainable tourism, climate change policy, getting families outdoors, and protecting wildlife and habitat in the great State of Alaska!

Also, BIG THANKS to Squidoo for making it all possible ...


Heather McGee, on behalf of our staff of 5 plus 1 AmeriCo

The Fitz & Floyd Teapot featured in My Ingredients Photo Above

Fitz and Floyd Classics Handcrafted China TEAPOT - Decorative Teapot & Lid w Fruit Design
Fitz and Floyd Classics Handcrafted China TEAPOT - Decorative Teapot & Lid w Fruit Design

Teapot is approx. 8-1/4" tall

Fruit & Autumn Leaves surround the teapot:


Previously Awarded LENS OF THE DAY on Squidoo ~ November 16, 2009

I am deeply humbled and thrilled that this lens was selected as Lens of the Day!

I actually have tears of joy streaming down my face and my little mouse tail is waging furiously, as I write this note of appreciation. I adore all animals and my soul is rejoicing knowing that my charity, National Wildlife Federation's Alaska Regional Center, will be receiving $1000 donation!

Today is a special day for me and my husband. It is our wedding anniversary and I honestly can not think of a better gift for either of us. I have already called my parents and both of our children to share the news. We are all grateful to everyone who has played a part in this lens being chosen as Lens of the Day.

I also called my sister, who screamed so loud in my ear that I am now deaf in my right ear:) Well, that is obviously an exaggeration, but my ear is ringing.

So many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving! My wonderful friends at Squidoo are some of the best reasons for celebration.


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Wouldn't You Like to Join Us for a Cup of Spice Tea?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not a huge tea drinker but this sounds like it would be good on a cold winter's day. I love the idea of giving it in a pretty jar as gifts!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I enjoy spice tea, especially when it's cold. Thank you for publishing this yummy recipe.

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      I love spice tea. My mother use to make something similar to this. Thank you!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I would! Your page is wonderfully done!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I loved joining you for a cup of spice tea :D

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      Clove tea with lemon is refreshing and delicious, I'll try some of these suggestions.

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      Totus Mundus 5 years ago

      Clove tea with lemon is refreshing and delicious, I'll try some of these suggestions.

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I will brew one of your recipes. Thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never try this before.But it's interesting.Thanks for sharing

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      butternyk 5 years ago

      need to try one now

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I would so drink this! And it looks very easy to make, too. Thanks for sharing!

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      I love spicing up my tea during the Christmas season. I really identified with your intro. Aren't sisters and cups of tea a great combination?

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I've never tried spice tea before. *blessed*

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I've never tried spice tea before. *blessed*

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      Yes, and I am having one right now. Loved your lens!

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      myraggededge 5 years ago

      I could just drink a cuppa right now! Thanks for the blessing - can't leave a comment on bio pages at the moment for some reason. Happy New Year!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      This stuff is amazing. We made it when I was growing up. I haven't whipped up a batch for myself in a while. Thanks for reminding me of it; it's on my New Year shopping list now.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      This looks like the perfect recipe for the holidays... Spiced tea is always nice to have while sitting down in front of the Christmas tree to watch the glowing lights blink away :)

      Merry Christmas :)


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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      How amazing of you to be that geneous, Sylvestermouse! What a thoughtful gift idea as well. Blessed! :)

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I love a cup of spice tea when I'm fighting a cold.

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      I would like to cup of spice tea

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I would like to! Cool lens.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Oh, I want to be a guest at your house! I'm eager to try your recipe. Just in time for the holidays. A Happy "Blessed" Halloween to you

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I have added natural fruits and spices to my teas but I would never have thought of adding tang to tea. That would definitely spice it up.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      What a wonderful lens, and what a wonderful story. I would like a cup of spice tea! Angel blessings to you!

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      Mottley420 6 years ago

      wow. remarkable lens, great stuff! I loved your pictures. You should join pinterest. Could you please check out my pinterest tips and tricks lens?

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      lensesbyjames 6 years ago

      Sure will where will we meet?

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      In Ethiopia they boil cinnamon, cloves and cardamom before adding the tea. It is delicious, I used to drink a lot of it. Spice tea is definitely my cup of tea!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      In Ethiopia they boil cinnamon, cloves and cardamom before adding the tea. It is delicious, I used to drink a lot of it. Spice tea is definitely my cup of tea!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Oh yes, I would like a cup of spice tea, please.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      YES!!!!!!! This sound yummy!!!! And I LOVE that teapot, too! Blessed!

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      TRZN 6 years ago

      That looks so very delicious, I have never tried spice tea but I will soon here. Thanks for the recipes!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I don't drink tea but my kids love it. Very nice lens

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      toldyaso lm 6 years ago

      While that sounds good, I'm a Southern girl, so I like my tea cold and very sweet. I may have to try this, though!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I can almost smell it brewing. :) Adding this to my Memory Jar lens.

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      krystikercher 6 years ago

      What a terrific lens! Congratulations on the awards! I'm linking to your lens on my delicious-holiday-gifts-from-zazzle lens. Happy New Year!

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      tq01089 6 years ago

      i think my gf would really like this. thanks for sharing.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      We've made this ever since I was a kid and it is still a winter favorite. Nice lens

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      KhairuZiya 6 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      What a terrific lens and how fabulous to get such great accolades with it! Lens of the Day, featured on Cabaret Squidoo, and one of the winners in the Thanksgiving Cookoff so your charity won $1000! Kudos to you and Happy 2012!

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Lovely lens - congrats on the front page, and great that you could donate to your charity.

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      BusyMOM LM 6 years ago

      Very nice lens and makes me want to make spice tea now! I'm running out to the grocery store...

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      ViJuvenate 6 years ago

      It sounds delicious! I love the store bought Bengal Spice tea. But I bet this is even better. Congratulations on the acknowledgment of your hard work. What a wonderful thing to see that money go to a good cause.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I remember this lens, and am shocked I didn't rate it. So, here we are a couple years later and you got another accolade ...front page! Congratulations on this great story and recipe of Spice Tea. *Blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am more a tea person than a coffee person and I shall definitely try this

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Anytime! There's nothing like a nice scent of cinnamon and cloves during cold winter days :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This spice tea recipes is a reminder of sweet holidays past. It rocks!!!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Delicious recipe, can you use orange drink mix like Kool Aid as a mixture too? I'm normally not keen on tea that isn't mainly from loose leaf but this sounds delicious anyway.

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Looks delicious.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I'd love to join you for spice tea, especially as you always have the loveliest mugs to serve it in. Wonderful to see that you brewed up not only a LoTD but also an incredible $1000 charity donation to help wildlife in Alaska!

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      theSEOmama 6 years ago

      Yum, this tea recipe sounds great! Maybe paired with a Panda Cupcake :) I can't wait to try out this recipe.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Your spice tea recipe looks yummy and I will have to try it. In fact, just had a thought... my roomie loves tea, so this would make a great gift for him. Thanks!

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I remember this tea from the 1970s. I always enjoyed it. It is very sweet, but also very tasty and perfect on a cold winter evening. I always had some on my desk in college when I was studying for my December finals. **blessed**

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I can smell the tea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love spice tea with milk !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love your recipe remind me of when we were growing up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love spice tea, and your recipe is just wonderful. Came back with an angel blessing in my pocket, and am ready to make a batch of this mix again for fall. Loving you!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This tea sounds lovely! Perhaps we will try it after adjusting for the intense sugar content. (Hubby is diabetic)

      Congratulations on winning the contribution to the fund in Alaska.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      Spice tea sounds interesting and something I should try.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      @ratetea: I searched online and found a recipe that uses tea bags. I have added it to the link list above. I sincerely hope it is a most excellent recipe and suits your needs :) Thank you for the suggestion.

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      ratetea 7 years ago

      Do you ever make spice tea using loose-leaf tea or tea bags instead of instant tea? I never have any instant tea on hand, but I drink tea brewed from loose tea every day, and I know personally I'd appreciate the inclusion of a recipe using loose tea if you can figure one out! =)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Sounds yummy

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      I adore spice tea! Also check out my cinnamon lens!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Had to come back for another cup of spice tea! Blessed.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Great idea, would you like to serve one cup to me?

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      how lovely! this must taste so good! cheers!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm not a big tea (or coffee) drinker, but I do have a tea once in a while, and it is a spiced one, it is very relaxing and I do enjoy it.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      yes, this recipe is new to me, i am going to try this one. thanks

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      I love spiced tea. Thanks for the recipe.

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      I love spiced tea. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Well, I certainly will join you in a cup, since my daughter gave me this last night as a Christmas gift. She gave this to all the women on her list packaged in a decorative Christmas container (her signature snowflakes on blue). It makes a nice little gift...can't wait to try it. Hers is called "Christmas Cheer", but it's the same recipe.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Who doesn't like spice tea? This is a great recipe and gift to share. Such great memories created by you and your sister.

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      JimHofman 7 years ago

      I love spiced tea! We enjoy making it and giving as gifts and serving at parties. Great when you have a cold and sore throat...very soothing. You may be interested in my related winter warmer themed lens on "Glogg". Cheers!

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      Sensitive Fern 7 years ago

      I love this stuff. Haven't thought about it in years! I'm going to have to make some now.

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      Gall Bladder Symptoms 7 years ago

      Great lens. Looks perfect just in time for the winter months. Thanks!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Congratulations on the outstanding success you have rightfully enjoyed with this lens.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Sounds really yummy! Great lens.

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      dc64 lm 7 years ago

      With winter coming, that spice tea sounds delicious. I can already smell the aroma of cloves and cinnamon. It's really cool that the National Wildlife Federation Alaska sent a thank-you, and cooler still that you won them a donation!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Tea is my favourite, I've always loved it but do admit I have never had Spice Tea. Blessed by an Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Spicy tea looks very tasty and healthy also a good idea to drink in winter

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Spicy tea is not only rejuvenating but also very healthy. I like local flavors of spicy tea with cardamom.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      Congrats on making as a LOTD and 1000$ cheque for charity - well done! Must have been a big surprise for you?

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      howdoyouspellst 7 years ago

      This recipe sounds delicious!! Such easy ingredients, too, and a great gift! Yum, great lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This sounds delightful to sip with loved ones and to give as special gifts! (I love tea!)

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      VSP 7 years ago

      I think I made this recipe as a gift many years ago.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      sounds like a nice little gift :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      It's been awhile since I've had a cup of spice tea. I need to make some. It truly warms the soul.

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      TriviaChamp 7 years ago

      I will be sure to get the ingredients for this next outing. It sounds quite good.

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      ssuthep 7 years ago

      I really enjoy drinking India Masala (spice) Tea. You have a great recipe here. Thanks for sharing.

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Holy Moly! How did I miss this one? Excellent Spice Tea Recipe, and as always, very nicely done. Congrats on winning for your cause, and the LotD, too! Liked, FB liked , used as a Quest answer, and lensrolled to Sweet Tea recipes. Thanks for sharing! :D

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      The weather here has suddenly turned more like fall and all I cook think about was a nice cup of hot tea, then lo and behold I stumbled upon this wonderfully sweet lens filled with love and warmth and tea. You did an absolutely wonderful job on this lens, just like all your lenses.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      This recipe sounds wonderful. I love my tea, I like mixing several different herbs together to create a unique blend. I was wondering, did you ever get the message I sent to you yesterday? I just wanted to say how "special" of a person I think you are. There is something about you that truly touches my heart, thank you for that. Also, I was reading your "horse" story and I got chills like you would not believe. Horses are very clairavoyant and so intuitive, I am sure he could feel how much you wanted to touch him. What a sacred experience to have. Have a beautiful evening. Although, I am a few months late, congratulations on this lens being LOTD and your charity getting the donation!! See just another example of what I said, you are so special!!

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      QuiltFinger 8 years ago from Tennessee

      MMMM!! Sounds excellent. I must try this sometime.

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      ANDRI 8 years ago

      sometimes i add ginger to my tea. great lens

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      jakealoo 8 years ago

      I really like how you incorporated your theme with the lense.Great Job

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      freedomdebtreviews 8 years ago

      Great Lens.

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      What a great lens. Congratulations on your Angel status, well deserved. Top marks


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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      Loved this lens because I'm a tea fan.

      Thanks for flying by my Sandhills Crane and leaving a mouse blessing. :))

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I can almost smell the tea! As good as it smells and tastes, I'm sure it's much better when shared with loved ones. Congratulations, new angel!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Another opportunity for me to congratulate you on becoming a Squid Angel and a Giant Squid!! You'll be awesome at both. On another note, I love spiced tea but haven't had this for years. Am going to keep this in mind for little gifts from now on.