Matt wanted “New Year’s Tea.” That’s what we called it growing up. It was originally called Russian Tea, if I’m not mistaken, but we always had it for New Year celebrations, hence the name.
You can cheat and use bottled juices, but I admonish you to try it with the fresh fruit. It’s always better fresher!
New Year’s TeaOriginally from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook
- 2 quarts boiling water
- 1 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp cloves
- 2 T tea – orange pekoe (Constant Comment is my personal choice)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice (I like to leave the pulp in)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (ditto)
Tie spices in a muslin bag. Add to boiling water with sugar. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea (either in tea bags, or tied in a muslin bag) to liquid and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tea and spices. Add the orange juice and lemon juice and serve hot.
Don’t have a muslin bag? Grab a cone shaped paper coffee filter. Put your spices in the bottom, then roll the top down several times. Fold the ends in and staple the whole thing shut. Voila! I know, I’m pretty awesome.