It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas tea lovers! It’s finally the big day and if you’re anything like me you’ll be slumped on the sofa, full to bursting with chocolate, turkey, mince pies and all manner of delicious festive treats. With all the presents, food, and family Christmas day can often feel more than a little bit hectic. There’s wrapping paper all over the floor, you’re not sure if the turkey was fully defrosted before it went in the oven, and your little brother has already broken his new remote controlled car. You’re ready to go and have a sneaky lie down somewhere quiet when Uncle Alan insists everyone join in on a family game of charades. This is the perfect moment to slip away and brew yourself a cup of this Spiced Holiday Tea. This hot, spicy and soothing brew will pick you up in no time.

Christmas cookie optional but preferred

Christmas cookie optional but preferred

This recipe makes enough for 4 people, so round up some stressed looking adults, sit them all down and stick a cup of this in their hands.

You will need:
– 3 x Cosy English Breakfast teabags
– 4 x star anise
– 1 x cinnamon stick
– 3 x tbsp. honey
– 2 x tbsp. lemon juice
– 2 x cloves

All a simmer

All a simmer

To make this festive treat, put a pan on to boil with enough water to make four mugs of tea. Once the water is boiling pop in the teabags, star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves and simmer for 3-5 minutes. When the time’s up, stir in the lemon juice and honey and pour into mugs. Sweeten to taste with more honey if required.

Find a quiet spot and sip this one slowly. You’ll be rejuvenated and ready for that game of charades in no time.

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