If you're looking for a festive Christmas cocktail recipe made with tea, try this delicious "Christmas Tea Punch" that combines black tea with spices and citrus flavors. It's perfect for holiday gatherings and celebrations. Here's how to make it:
- 4 cups brewed black tea (strong and chilled) - We like our Starboard Spice artisan loose leaf tea
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dissolved)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-6 cloves
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- Fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
- Ice cubes
Start by brewing a strong cup of black tea and let it cool. You can use traditional black tea bags or loose-leaf tea.
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, combine the brewed black tea, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
Add a cinnamon stick and cloves to the mixture. These spices will infuse the tea punch with warm, holiday flavors. If you want a spicier punch, you can add a couple of additional cloves.
Thinly slice an orange and add the orange slices to the punch for a fresh citrus twist.
If you like your punch to be sweetened further, you can add more simple syrup to taste. Adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
Add ice cubes to the punch to keep it chilled. You can also use frozen cranberries as ice cubes to keep the punch cold without diluting it.
Serve the Christmas Tea Punch in glasses or mugs, garnishing each with a fresh cranberry or a twist of orange peel, if desired.
This Christmas Tea Punch is a delightful and refreshing beverage with a perfect blend of fruity, citrus, and spiced flavors. It's a great addition to your holiday festivities and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. If you'd like to make an alcoholic version, you can add a splash of rum or bourbon to individual servings, as per your guests' preferences. Enjoy your Christmas celebrations with this delightful tea-based cocktail!