Warm Up this Holiday Season with a Cup of Tea

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by Danielle Beaudette

Christmas tea dates as far back as the 1860s, when Royal tea parties were common throughout the season. Looking into the history of Christmas tea, you will find it almost always consists of a cup of hearty Indian black tea blended with a variety of seasonal spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, orange peel, and cloves. It is also common to add dried apple, mint leaves, or lemon slices for a tangier flavor. This spicy blend will take milk and sugar well, but it is recommended that you enjoy it straight up to get the full flavor of the spices.

These spices have been known to aid in digestion which makes for the perfect accompaniment to a large holiday dinner. The warm, soothing taste will calm your nerves during the busy holiday rush and warm you throughout the chilly winter!