Holiday Hot Tea Punch

Served either hot or cold, this holiday spiced tea is fashioned after Russian tea punch.
Holiday Hot Tea Punch

Holiday Hot Tea Punch

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Well, Christmas Eve has finally arrived,  and as usual, we get no snow in Cincinnati. Just cold, overcast and rain.  But I  do see y’all are getting slammed across the northern tier of the US with a blizzard. Hopefully none of this disrupts your travel plans. Drive safe.

For my last post before Christmas,  I decided to post this riff off a Russian hot tea punch.  It’s really like a hot cider tea with holiday spices. I like drinking this hot or over a glass of ice (I am big on iced tea). This keeps well in a small crock pot if you want to keep it warm for guests and family to serve themselves from. It’s perfect for a brunch drink or just keeping warm all day long, inside away from the cold.

And you can probably use just about any kind of holiday spice tea in this, although I can’t vouch for all of them. Just use your own judgement if you already have a different type sitting around. The speculaas spice mix I already have posted to the blog, or you can use a commercial blend for it if you find one.

Holiday Hot Tea Punch

Tomorrow I am off for the day and will post again on  Monday with my recipe for Blueberry Corn Muffins which I like to serve as a side to bean soups and the like around the new year.

I hope your holidays, whichever ones you celebrated, are everything you hope for and the food is wonderful. Bill and I wish you  all the best for the season and the new year. Until Monday-

Holiday Hot Tea Punch

Holiday Hot Tea Punch

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Holiday Hot Tea Punch


  • 4 Stash “Christmas Morning” individual tea bags
  • 3 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon speculaas spice (get recipe HERE)
  • pinch cloves
  • 1 fresh apple, cored and chopped


  1. Bring water, apple cider and cinnamon sticks to a boil; add tea bags, remove from heat and steep ten minutes.
  2. Discard tea bags and place the tea with the cinnamon sticks in a small crockpot, along with the orange juice, honey, spices, and apple.
  3. Heat on high for thirty minutes or until steaming, then keep on warm/low setting to serve.
  4. Serve either hot or over ice.

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Holiday Hot Tea Punch

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