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Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

You may have heard of friendship tea… the sweet orangey tea flavored hot drink made with Tang or orange breakfast drink mix of your choice.  Tastes great… until you read the ingredients on your jar of Tang!  Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives – blech!  Our bodies don’t need that stuff, so I set out to create a friendship tea recipe, minus the junk.

While you’ll likely need to tweak it to fit your own tastebuds, It’s full of orange, lemon and tea.  Be forewarned, it won’t taste as sugary sweet as the original version, so if it’s too bland for your taste, you might choose to sweeten it up with some honey or extra sugar.

Friendship Tea Recipe - without all the artificial junk!

Before you get started, you’ll need a few ingredients (which you may or may not need to order from the internet) – they’re available on Amazon.com, but check here first to see if you can buy them locally: truelemon.com

True Orange packages (I bought the smaller size with 32 little packets, runs about $5, and you’ll have extra!)

True Lemon Powder (runs about $4 for a little jar – you’ll also have leftovers for other uses!)

*Please note, I am not affiliated with the True Lemon / True Orange brand in any way.

Friendship Tea Recipe:

  • Nine packets (0.8g each) of True Orange

  • 1 1/4 tsp True Lemon powder

  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

  • 1/4 C unsweetened instant tea (I use Lipton and like the taste of tea – try less if you want the predominantly fruity flavor.)

  • 1 1/4 C granulated sugar (this recipe isn’t overly sweet – you may choose to add honey or more sugar)

Place in small jar and whisk or shake ingredients until blended.  Store in an airtight container.
Boil/heat 1 Cup water and add 3 teaspoons of tea mix (more or less, to taste).  Stir well (it won’t completely dissolve due to the spices, so don’t worry if you see a bit sinking to the bottom).

Although I don’t ever plan to return to the old artificial-laden recipe, I’ll share it (or one of the variations, anyway) for those who may already have the ingredients on hand:

  • 2 1/2 C dry Tang mix
  • 1/2 C unsweetened instant tea
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 package lemon flavored Koolaid (the little packets, without the sugar already mixed in)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 tsp ground cloves

Did you try my recipe?  I’d love to hear suggestions or comments!

Happy 2015 – may we all find a happy and simple balance!

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Have you ever stood underneath and looked upward into a big tree that’s blindingly bright with all its colored leaves?  

Awe-inspiring, right?  

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Have you ever gone outside late at night and done the same thing?

I am often out with pup well after dark, and one of the highlights of this week has been standing underneath the tree in my front yard and gazing up.  By day, the tree wears brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow; by night, the leaves are serenely golden and translucent by the light of the moon.  Moments better experienced than photographed.

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A strong wind blew in today, and most of the tree’s leaves are swirling near the ground. 

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Oh autumn, how I love thee.

Apple cider, bonfires, colorful leaves… what are your favorite fall associations?

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