I have a confession… I am a fall addict.
As soon as the first leaf falls in my front yard, my home is adorned with all things autumn. I adore the rich reds, oranges, and yellows that take over the landscape and love bringing that color into my home!
Aside from color, of course fall has some amazing flavors like pumpkin spice, apple spice, caramel pecan… the list goes on and on.
While I love my pumpkin spice, another beloved flavor of fall is cranberry. While they are most often thought of around Thanksgiving, cranberries are the perfect addition to any dish needing some pizzazz. Cranberries are also loaded with antioxidants and other properties to deliver both great taste and great health.
A Perfect Pairing
Our Cranberry Orange flavored black tea is blended with cranberry and orange flavors. You’ll find it a full bodied brew that is exceptionally smooth and delicious in fall, or anytime if you’re a cranberry fan. While milk should not be added to this tea, it can be sweetened with either honey or sugar.
While cranberries are often a side dish of the meal, make it a centerpiece with this delicious Cranberry Orange Sangria. While it does not have alcohol included into the recipe, a shot of vodka or rum into each glass can be added.
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in a tea ball or other style infuser)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 apple, cored and cut into ½-inch chunks
- 3 cups carbonated water
- Optional: alcohol of choice
- Pour boiling water over tea and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea and stir in sugar to dissolve.
- In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, cranberry juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight.
- Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice. Or make drinks individually as needed by pouring an iced glass ½ full with sangria, spooning in some fruit and topping with fizzy water. Taste for sweetness and add a splash of maple syrup if desired.
- For adult guests, add a shot of vodka or rum to the mix for a fun holiday drink.