Newsflash! It’s January in New York City and that means it’s cold outside. It means we need a drink to fill our souls with warmth, and a hot mug to defrost our fingers after being outside for more than 2 minutes. What better way to do that than with a combination of tea and citrus?! Citrus fruits thrive in the winter, unlike some of us, and we love them for that! I start this recipe with a high quality spiced tea, which creates a super flavorful foundation for the rest of the drink. I choose a cardamom cinnamon variety here, but any spiced tea will work! Next, I use the zest and juice from three different citrus fruits: lemons, for tang and acidity, oranges, for sweetness, and blood oranges, for color. The tea and juices get a healthy half cup of dark brown sugar, and the resulting drink is not only deeply warming and delicious, but a great punch of vitamin c during cold and flu season! This drink will make your house smell better than any candle ever has (The Yankee Candle Company is quaking!) and will be your new go-to on a cold day when you need a mug of something that feels like a hug. And of course, for those over 21 who’d like to make this warm cocktail, my culinary producers tell me it’s great with 2 ounces of bourbon added, too!
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