I am really into tea right now. There is nothing cozier that reading a magazine on a comfy couch with warm slippers and a perfect cuppa, don’t you think? And this year, I’m bringing tea into my holiday routine, creating some fun recipes that will bring the cozy time to holiday entertaining. I’m at that stage where throwing a party means having close friends around, enjoying food and drinks together, catching up, sharing new ideas, gossiping, maybe things get really wild in the wee hours and we have an impromptu jam session.
If this sounds like your kinda party, we’ve put together some fun drink recipes for the coziest kind of entertaining with Traditional Medicinals.
What’s the perfect drink to serve to guests who just braved snowy (or L.A.!) traffic to get to your house? Let’s serve them up a Spiced Cider with Stress Ease Cinnamon and all their traffic woes will fly out the door…
Here’s how to make it:
Spiced Cider with Stress Ease Cinnamon
1/2 gallon pressed apple cider (not apple juice)
8 Stress Ease Cinnamon tea bags
16 whole allspice berries
8 cinnamon sticks
12 cardamom pods
6 whole cloves
3 strips orange zest, 2 inches wide (from about 2 small oranges)
Combine apple cider, whole spices, and orange zest in a pot. Simmer over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to very low, add Stress Ease Cinnamon tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, then strain out spices, reserving cinnamon sticks for garnish. Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick.
Throat Coat may be your go-to beverage when looking to soothe your throat, but turn it into a Toddy and you’ve got a party on your hands.* Here’s how to make it:
Soothing Throat Coat Toddy
4 oz + 2 oz hot water
1 Throat Coat tea bag
2 oz bourbon
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Lemon slice to garnish
Bring water to a boil. In glass measuring cup, steep Throat Coat for 15 minutes, covering with a small plate to keep things hot. Squeeze and remove tea bag.
Place honey and lemon juice in a small mug, stir in bourbon, then add hot Throat Coat and 2 oz hot water.
Then, when only your closest friends are left, and the jam session is now just your brother-in-law messing around on the guitar, that’s the time to bring out the Wind Down Chamomile with Lavender Milk Tea. It’s the exclamation point on your mellow (fun!) evening.
Wind Down Chamomile with Lavender Milk Tea
2 Chamomile with Lavender tea bags
7 oz hot water
1 oz elderflower liqueur, like St. Germain
4 Tbsp organic sweetened condensed milk
Bring water to a boil. In a covered mug, steep Chamomile with Lavender tea bags for 10 minutes. Squeeze,then remove tea bags.
Add sweetened condensed milk, stirring until mixed in.
Top with elderflower liqueur, stir, and serve, garnishing with fresh lavender if desired.
This post was created in partnership with Traditional Medicinals. All opinions are my own. Visit Traditional Medicinals’ Plant Power Journal to learn more about all plants can do.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Photography, styling, and original recipes by Danae Horst for The Jungalow
Creative Direction by J. Blakeney