Holiday Tea Recipe: Cranberry Orange Spiced Tea



There are certain tastes that we associate with certain memories.  For me, the tastes of different drinks conjure memories of different seasons of my life.  I specifically associate cranberry, orange, and tea with winter and Christmas memories, so I thought why not combine all three into a family tea recipe that would fit perfectly into a Christmas family gathering or party menu?  And so this recipe was born.





For this recipe I used Milo's Sweet Tea, which is an all-natural sweet tea company founded by a World War II veteran and his wife.  I found it at Walmart, and it really has that classic sweet tea flavor, and it is so refreshing that it only contains natural ingredients.




We love sweet tea around here!  I had to hide the gallons in our cupboard so Derek wouldn't drink it before I had a chance to use it for our recipe.  It also comes in three varieties - Sweetened (with pure cane sugar), No Calorie, and Unsweetened - so it would be easy to adapt this recipe to be lower calorie or less sweet, if that is your preference.  Buy 2 gallons of Milo’s Tea for just $5 on rollback while supplies last!





Cranberry Orange Spiced Tea

6 cups Milo's Sweet Tea
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (or cinnamon sticks)
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves (or whole cloves)

1. Coming first four ingredients in saucepan and heat until brown sugar is dissolved.  

2. Whisk in spices.  If you are using cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, add cloves to a tea ball and add cinnamon sticks and cloves to the tea.  Allow spices to mull for 15-20 minutes on low heat before serving.




One thing that I really like about this Milo's Tea drink recipe is that it stores well in the fridge.  It is easy to mix up a batch and then store it in our big pitcher - then when we are getting ready to get out and do something together as a family, Derek and I can just heat some up and take it in our to-go cups!  I like taking some Christmas flavors with us on our outings, and this also saves us a little money that we might otherwise spend on other hot drinks while we are out and about.  

There is this cute little town near us, with Christmas lights, a river walk, and little shops along main street.  We go there every year, either to walk around or enjoy their Christmas parade.  We took some tea with us on a walk alongside the river the other day, and it is the perfect drink for a winter day!







Unfortunately the kids didn't last too long with the cold, but we took more tea with us when we braved the Christmas parade this last weekend.  Thankfully it was a little warmer, so the kids enjoyed the parade, while Derek and I enjoyed their glee and our spiced Milo's sweet tea.

What kind of Christmas events are you looking forward to over the next couple weeks?  I'd love to hear!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HolidaysWithMilos  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


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Alanna @ Alanna & Company said...

That tea looks great. I've been craving all sorts of different teas recently.

Erin said...

Mmm...that tea looks delightful! Christmas parades are so much fun - I'm looking forward to driving around with the kiddos and looking at all the Christmas lights soon. We have a local family that puts on a large drive thru light display for the community and my toddler just loves it!

Paige Allison said...

This looks like the perfect holiday drink! I'd use unsweetened tart cranberry juice I think, to help cut the sugar (I don't like anything too sweet) but the flavors look so perfect for winter!

Crystal @ Dreams, etc. said...

This tea sounds fantastic. Orange flavors always make me think of Christmas too.

Shann Eva said...

Yum! I love drinking tea, and this one sounds really great. I'll have to look for Milo's the next time I'm out. Thank you!

Erin Cox said...

A) YUM! I love Milo's. It's a staple in the south :). This is my second tea post I've seen for the day. I need to make a cup! B) Your photography is beautiful and so is your family! C) I love to see a babywearing Daddy!!!

Summer @ Coffee With Summer said...

Yum! I love tea!

Lauren English said...

Oh my goodness this looks SO good. I love just about anything with orange, cloves, and cinnamon around the holidays. So yummy!! Those pictures of your family are so sweet too. We haven't gotten any snow yet and I'm a little jealous of all your winter prettiness!

Callie Nicole said...

It just snowed a lot last week, and it makes everything look so pretty! I'm really bummed that it's starting to melt now though. :-(

Callie Nicole said...

Me too!

Callie Nicole said...

I can definitely see why Milo's is a staple - it's yummy! And I love it when my husband wears the baby for me - but then the next time I use the carrier I have to re-adjust all the straps, haha! ;-)

Callie Nicole said...

It is really good! Thanks Shann!

Callie Nicole said...

I think it goes back to the memories of getting an orange in my stocking every year - orange just seems Christmas-y!

Callie Nicole said...

I think it would be good that way too! We made it again with the unsweetened version, and I just used cranberry concentrate mixed with the tea instead - yummy and not quite as sugary. :-)

Callie Nicole said...

Oh, I love drive through displays! That sounds so fun!

Callie Nicole said...

I love all kinds of tea too, and this one was really yummy!

Carissa Garabedian said...

I love tea! This looks so good, what a great combo of flavors!

Angie @chasingmyhalo.com said...

I can smell it now! Yum! Spiced tea always feels like Christmas to me. Pinning!

Lisa said...

This sounds really good. I bet it smells amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

Katy Case said...

OK so I have never heard of Milo's sweet tea but this post seriously has made me want to drink it! :)

As for what I am excited for our MOPS christmas party this friday!! :)

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