You know what I love about the winter months? Mulled wine! Although probably not in the way you think… I actually don’t like the taste of it (I find it pretty heavy and sickly), but I LOVE the smell! The warmth of the spices, mixed with the sharpness of booze, is the perfect combo.
This winter, I thought I’d have a go at a mulled wine alternative. It has the same warming aroma, but with a flavour that’s a bit more suited to my taste (cos, you know, smelling it is one thing… but it’s Christmas and I want a drink!). This hot spiced tea punch is made with rooibos tea, flavoured with ginger beer and orange juice and finished with a generous splash of rum. It definitely satisfies my cravings for a hot spiced winter drink!
I’m excited to be working with the guys over at Teapigs again for this post – I worked with them over the summer to bring you two iced tea cocktails and a tea milkshake, now it’s time for the winter tea punch edition…
Hot spiced winter tea punch
Add 2 Teapigs spiced winter tea temples to a saucepan, pour over 100ml of freshly boiled water and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add 50ml fresh orange juice, 100ml ginger beer and 75ml dark rum. Simmer gently for a further 5 minutes (do not boil it vigorously), then remove from the heat. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick, ginger or orange wedge garnish.
You can definitely alter this recipe to make a spiced tea punch that suits your taste. Try swapping the orange juice for apple or pineapple, or upping the ratio of booze. However you tweak it, this recipe is sure to add some warmth to your winter evenings – and a wintery spiced aroma to your kitchen! Finally, a mulled wine alternative that I can enjoy 🙂 – Mike.
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