Hot Spiced Cider Tea

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 (1-cup) servings
  • Nutrition Info
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2 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

2 to 3 whole cloves

3 to 5 whole cardamom pods

5 coin-size pieces fresh ginger

2 (1-inch) strips fresh orange peel

2 (1-inch) strips fresh lemon peel

5 cups cold water

4 bags orange-pekoe tea

3 cups apple cider

1 orange, juiced


  1. Lightly crush the cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle or on a cutting board with the bottom of a saucepan. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add the ginger, citrus peels. Put the crushed spices in a medium saucepan and add the water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered, until aromatic, and the cinnamon stick opens a bit, about 10 minutes. Add the tea bags, immediately remove from the heat, and steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, and add the cider and juice of 1 orange. Return the pan to a medium heat and warm, taking care not to let the tea boil. Serve hot.

Cook’s Note

In our diabetic-friendly desserts, we use small amounts of sweeteners in accordance with guidelines set up by the American Diabetic Association. As with all sweets, moderation is important.

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