With autumn finally arriving, there is nothing nicer than sitting outside on my porch in the cool breeze with a cup of hot tea in hand. Hot tea is the perfect complement to the cool weather, and there are so many ways to spice it up. Here are just a few of my favorite hot tea recipes for sipping on a cool autumn morning.

Cinnamon Apple Tea

This is a fantastic apple based tea. You won’t need tea bags for this recipe as the apple is the core of the tea.

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup water (boiling)

Directions:

Dice the apples and mash lightly with a fork in the bottom of a mug. Add the rest of the dry ingredients on top. Pour the 1 cup of boiling water over the apples and spices and stir. Allow to simmer in the boiling water for about 5 minutes then top with whipped cream and enjoy.

Apple Cranberry Tea

This tea is served warm and is perfect for an autumn day. It has autumn-inspired ingredients such as apple juice, cranberry, and pumpkin pie spice. This is sure to put you in the autumn spirit.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags (preferably black tea)
  • 5 cups of apple juice
  • 2-3 cups of cranberry juice (to taste)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 cups of boiling water

Directions:

Add tea bags to the boiling water and allow to steep for 7-10 minutes (depending on strength you desire).  Remove tea bags from water and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir and serve. This tea will be warm, not hot, since the cranberry and apple juice are added to the hot water.

Awesome English Breakfast Tea

Let’s face it, the English know how to do hot tea. This is a more traditional way to prepare hot tea.

Ingredients:

  • Irish Breakfast Tea bag
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Water

Directions:

Boil your water and steep the tea bag in a mug for approximately 7 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the other ingredients to taste. I prefer a splash of milk, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of honey, and a lemon wedge. These ingredients work wonderfully together and you can dictate how sweet the drink is by how much sugar and honey you add. Experiment to find the perfect balance for your taste buds.

These are just a few of my favorite autumn inspired hot tea recipes. Each one is sure to warm your body and your spirits. What is your favorite hot tea?

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