Mulled Winter Spiced Tea

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A toasty warm cup of our non-alcoholic Mulled Winter Spiced Tea made with our premium Christmas Tea Organic Black Tea makes the holidays magical. This healthy ruby red-hot beverage is mulled with antioxidant rich cranberry juice, orange peel, cloves, star anise and cinnamon for a cozy way to celebrate the holidays. 

If you are hosting a Christmas tea party or just a romantic evening for two, you are going to love this hot spiced tea recipe. Not only is it delicious, but your home is going to smell amazing. As soon as your guests have arrived, the mulled tea will fill their senses with the holiday festive spirit. This warm winter punch is a snap to throw together and can be made either on the stove top or in the slow cooker.

If you are looking for a non-alcoholic mulled wine option, try this vegan mulled winter spiced tea. The deep bolder flavors of the spices, organic black tea and cranberry will make your taste buds sing. This is a great option for hosting a gathering to allow guests to enjoy the beverage as a mocktail or spiked. Did you know that we also have an organic  Mocktail Tea Sampler?

Mulled Winter Spiced Tea

Mulled Winter Spiced Tea

Serves 6

  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Christmas Tea Organic Black Tea Sachets or 4 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea.
  • 4 cups of Cranberry Juice (no added sugar or light)
  • ½ cup maple syrup (or to taste- depending on if you use no added sugar or a light cranberry juice)
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks (or 1.5 teaspoons dried ground cinnamon)
  • Fresh whole cranberries, orange slices and cinnamon sticks to garnish – optional

Mulled Winter Spiced Tea



Using either a peeler or a paring knife, remove the orange zest strips from the orange. Make sure to only get the orange peel and leave the white pith behind. (The white pith from the orange could make your mulled winter spiced tea bitter. However, using the orange peel only will just make the mulled tea aromatic and delicious.)

Insert the cloves through the skin of the orange zests to adhere. This will make it easier to remove from the hot spiced tea later.

Stove Top Method

Place 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan and heat until boiling. Turn off heat and steep 4 sachets of Christmas Tea Organic Black Tea or 4 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea. If using our non-GMO pyramidal sachets, we found it helpful to cut the paper tags off and then you can leave the whole sachet steep directly in the pot.

If you are using loose leaf tea, you can add the whole leaves to the pot of water or brew tea in a tea pot or tea infuser. Whatever you prefer. Steep Christmas Tea for 5 minutes. Squeeze tea bags to get all the flavor from the tea bag and remove from pot. If you were using loose leaf tea, strain and remove the tea leaves from the hot water.

Heat up saucepan to a low simmer. Add cranberry juice, maple syrup to taste, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and the clove studded orange peels. Do NOT Boil! Simmer on low for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

ulled Winter Spiced Tea

Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Method

Steep Christmas Tea in hot water for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags or strain out loose-leaf tea and add to slow cooker (crock pot). Add cranberry juice, maple syrup to taste, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and the clove studded orange peels to the slow cooker. Cook Mulled Winter Spiced Tea on low for 2-3 hours or until steamy hot and aromatic. Using a slow cooker is a great option for a party.

Remove the whole spices and orange peel. Pour into your favorite mugs or tea cups.

Garnish with fresh cranberries, orange slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired and enjoy hot. Serve with a slice of our Earl Grey Yogurt Cake or our Earl Grey Orange Cookies.

Recipe Notes:

Leftover Christmas spiced tea can be cooled and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Reheat to serve.

If desired, spike your Mulled Winter Spiced Tea with bourbon, rum, or your favorite warming beverage.

We used maple syrup to keep this recipe refined sugar free. However, feel free to use honey, granulated sugar, or sugar alternative of choice to taste. We used a sugar free cranberry juice. If you use a regular cranberry juice, you will need to decrease the amount of sweetener accordingly.

If hosting a gathering, double the mulled tea recipe and place in the slow cooker for an easy holiday entertaining idea.

If you enjoyed our recipe, explore our Tea Recipes for more delicious ideas.

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