December 10, 2007

Spiced Tea Mix

Nothing brings me back to my childhood days like a steaming hot cup of my mom's Spiced Tea. We made this mix every year for as long as I can remember. When growing up, our house was heated with a wood stove so it got pretty dang cold upstairs in our bedrooms. A nice cup of tea before bed was always a delightful treat...and also after being outside in the snow for hours on end! So now, I make this every year and my girls enjoy it just as much as I did as a kid. And I would love to share the recipe with you and a gift idea too!

Here's the recipe:

Spiced Tea Mix
1 jar (19 oz) Tang
1 package (3 oz) lemonade mix
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup instant tea
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 2-3 heaping teaspoons per cup of hot water. Yummo!

And here's my cute little gift idea. The supplies you'll need are shown below and include:

Lockhart Teabag Stamp, Papertrey Holiday Treats sentiment, Palette brown ink pad, Martha Stewart brown twill tape, brown brads from Star Lit Studio(Cindy has THE BEST brads), Copic Markers, oval Spellbinder's Die Templates, small glassine sacks from Papertrey, small ziplock jewelry bags from the hobby store, piercing tool and mat, sharp scissors, Cosmo Cricket patterned paper.


This little gift idea is a ziplock bag full of 3 heaping teaspoons full (1 serving) of the Spice Tea Mix that is tucked inside the small glassine sack. A cute oval tag is attached with twill ribbon and a brad. Stamp and color the teabag image, simulating the Spice Tea Mix in the teabag by blotching on the Copic markers colors. Now I know that the tea mix isn't really in a tea bag but.......work with me peeps, it's all I have for tea stamps! Then stamp the sentiment and brackets. Cut and emboss oval with a Spellbinder's Die Template. Mount on Cosmo Cricket Spellbinder's scallop oval. Cut about a 3" piece of twill tape and notch both ends with sharp scissors. Layer all the pieces together and pierce with piercing tool and mat. By using the piercing tool instead of a 1/16" punch, you'll avoid scrunching up the twill tape. Insert the brad and you're done.

Here's the finished product......single serving sizes of Spiced Tea Mix. Perfect for those little gifts where you want to give just a little something but you don't want to spend a lot of money. I think I'll leave a little packet on teacher's desks at school when I sub. And I might tuck some into my snowman ensemble that sits in a 2 tiered wire basket. Guests can take a little gift when they enter our home.

Or I could hang some on the Christmas tree for guests to take as a little gift. Enjoy everyone!

29 comments:

Tracy said...

This is a cute idea. Your tea sounds de-lish. I'm a sucker for mulled cider but I want to try this, too. Thanks for sharing.
~Tracy

BasketMom said...

ADORABLE and so yummy!! I like this idea a lot - sometimes I think people tire of the cocoa mixes and this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe too!

Janet said...

Stop already with the amazingly cute ideas!!! I have no time for this, young lady!!! Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe!

Daisy & Joy said...

Awful cute. Love your tree, too.

Dottie K said...

This is right up my alley. I love tea and this sounds delicious. Love the packaging you did! So cute! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season :)

Janine said...

what a wonderful idea. You are one talented lady.

Janine

Stephanie said...

Very cute. My grandmother makes this same mix every fall for all of us, but she calls it Caveman Tea. I'm not sure how it got that name. :-) It is certainly delish!

StamperSharon said...

Mish, I make this tea every year for gifts, too -- yummy tradition, isn't it?!! Love your gift packaging -- adorable!!

Otter said...

Tang?!?! They still make that?! I love this idea Mishy!!!

Anonymous said...

Seriously, I want to be YOU when I grow up!! You are such inspiration! How do you constantly come up with these awesome ideas? Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with the rest of us wanna-be's.

Julie Masse said...

Oh I remember that tea - it's sooo yummy and a real forgotten treat! I must make some soon - didn't even know they still made Tang! :) My mom used to make it for us - thanks for sharing this Mish!

lisa said...

Super cute! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Lynn said...

You are the master at coming up with these fantastic gift giving ideas and making everything look so pretty!
Thanks for sharing.

Jan Scholl said...

I didnt even know they still made Tang. My grocery store does not sell it anymore. Do they still make Nestle Quick?

Anonymous said...

What a lovely project... The only thing is: What is Tang? I am living in Europe and have never heard of this before...

Nessie

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot, if it is typical American, is there anything it can be replaced by?

Nessie

Christina Fischer said...

This is such a great idea!! It's a beautiful (and yummy) little gift -- thanks so much for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so very much for this wonderful recipe and idea! I am so happy that I found this this morning! I will be borrowing the recipe to treat our teachers at school! :)

Shelley ~ photocropper

Debbie Olson said...

These are just darling--you're so creative!

debbiedee said...

Michelle, I love all your pkging ideas! I first had this tea when I attended MOPS years ago. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder. Ü

Charmingdesigns said...

Love this idea!! Laurie

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it is me again, but is there anything I could Tang substitute with? Please help!

Nessie

Jill Francine said...

I am so happy that you shared this tea recipe! I made something like this in fourth grade but never could remember the name of it. Thank you so much for bringing back a warm and tastey memory!

Anonymous said...

What type of instant tea to you buy? Is it in a canister or tea bags? Thanks for your help!! Would love to make this for my kids' Godparents for Christmas!!

Jen Stevenson said...

One more tea question....
The lemonade, is it unsweetened koolaid or something like Country Time? I'm dying to make some!!

Michael said...

It's really a great recipe to close a memorable Christmas party. A Steaming hot cup of spiced tea after the dinner at a Christmas Party would really be a never to be forgettable episode.

I just dropped by to wish you a Merry Christmas a little bit in advance.

Molly Koop said...

This is one of my favorite winter recipes--we call it "Russian Tea" but I'm not sure why. I don't think it's really Russian. ;) This tea is the BEST for a sore throat, too. And it sizzles when you drop it in the hot water.

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