Scale back to 1/2 cup bourbon if you prefer a less spirited beverage. This brew smells wonderful as it simmers.
6 cups water
2 large-sized tea bags
2 cups fresh orange juice (about 4 oranges)
6 tablespoons honey
4 whole cloves
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 (2-inch) strips lemon rind
3/4 cup bourbon
How to Make It
Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan, and remove from heat. Add tea bags to pan; cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add 2 cups orange juice and next 4 ingredients (through lemon rind); bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain tea mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Stir in 3/4 cup bourbon.
I made this for a Super Bowl party and everyone loved it! I brewed the tea for about 15 minutes instead of 5. I used store-bought orange juice, and, since I was out of cinnamon sticks, I just sprinkled in some Saigon cinnamon. I will definitely make this again!
My father used to make Russian tea (Tang + instant tea + cinnamon stick) when I was a child. This is a better, more adult version. I think the tea bags need to soak longer than 5 minutes to give it a strong tea flavor. Otherwise, we've followed this recipe twice with great success, and I'm making it again tomorrow for another holiday party.
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