Gift in a Jar,
Day Four on the Advent Calendar
Christmas Morning Tea
Window number four is a
Festive Holly Mug
December the fourth already and the day was blown in by a cold Easterly wind, bringing the last of the leaves down and causing the bustles on my Coronation chickens to be rudely blown up in the air……..the wood smoke from our chimney billowed over the garden and it looked like the aftermath of a giant bonfire party, whilst clouds scudded like missiles across a leaden sky. Yes, I think Winter has definitely arrived. I had planned to share another comfort dish with you today, and indeed the weather was an indicator that it was a capital idea, but, I have not uploaded the photos to my laptop yet and I am out at friend’s for dinner tonight and don’t expect to be home until late, tomorrow it will have to be now.
However, as today’s Advent Calendar window was a lovely Emma Bridgewater holly mug, I thought it would be fun to share another Gift in a Jar idea…….I did promise you a Trio of Festive Beverages a few weeks ago when I posted my Christmas Day Spiced Coffee, so here is number two of the trio, Christmas Morning Tea. I devised this recipe for the magazine I used to write for, Country Kitchen, and the response was amazing with lots of people saying what a great blend of tea it was and how they loved the simplicity of the recipe as well as the gift aspect. I have suggested using Earl Grey tea as the base, but if you have another favourite aromatic tea then do use that.
The orange element in this tea is fabulous and although you can drink it with milk if you wish, I think it is wonderful with a slice of fresh orange, or lemon and a slug of whisky ~ for a BIG morning pick-me-up. I usually pop one of these in to my gift hampers along with a sheet of recipe ideas ~ one of which is a fruited tea loaf where the fruit is infused in this spiced tea overnight. If you are giving a jar of this tea as a gift, attach a tea dousing ball or a tea strainer to the ribbon; as in this age of the “tea bag” you will be surprised to see how many people don’t have the appropriate tea making paraphernalia to make a brew with loose tea……..I was quite shocked actually……..in a mild cup of tea kind of way!
So here we have it, a wonderful lightly spiced and fruity tea for the winter season, make some for yourself if you are all “gifted” out and don’t forget that that a wee dram added before bedtime would make an excellent nightcap. I have a wonderful product review to share tomorrow as well as comfort food, and just as a teaser, here is a photo of this amazing beverage…….
See you all tomorrow and have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.
Christmas Morning Tea
4 tea cups Earl Grey loose tea leaves, or tea of your choice
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon dried orange peel
Combine all the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks and add tea mixture to a clean, sterilised jar. Push the cinnamon sticks into the middle of tea mixture in the jar. Seal with an airtight lid and allow to “infuse” for at least two weeks before using.
Add a label to say:
“ Place one spoon tea mixture per person to teapot, add boiling water and allow to brew for desired time (according to preferred strength of tea). Pour through a tea strainer and sweeten to taste”.