Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cranberry Tea



One of my favorite drinks is cranberry tea. My friend, Dorina, and I used to make this together when I lived in Alaska. We would pick a gallon or two of wild low bush cranberries every fall.  We then froze the cranberries and used them throughout the year to make Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and a lots of Cranberry Tea.

The girls in the dorm would often get together and drink cranberry tea. It was our girl time, our time to talk about anything and everything. It was our Cranberry Tea Time.

My Cranberry Tea Time has now expanded to include many in-real-life friends as well as internet friends. You are my Cranberry Tea Time friends! I wish I could have you all over for Cranberry Tea, but for now a recipe will have to do. You can make Cranberry Tea at home and join me virtually for teatime. :)

Cranberry Tea

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries                           
4 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup honey or sugar (more or less to taste)

Put cranberries, water, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Boil uncovered for 20-30 minutes. After all of the cranberries have burst, pour the juice through a strainer and into a new pot.  If desired, also strain through a cheese cloth to remove the fine pulp.

Put juice back into pot and boil for about 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add honey or sugar and mix well.

You now have cranberry juice concentrate.  This can be stored in the refrigerator or canned for later use.

To serve: Boil water and pour into teacups or mugs.  Add cranberry juice concentrate to taste (about 3/4 hot water and 1/4 cranberry juice concentrate).


I'm linking this post up with Raising Homemakers and Women Living Well.

18 comments:

Corina said...

thanks for writing down the recipe rachel, i would love to have cranberrie tea with you!

corina

Janie said...

This sounds so yummy, especially with the cinnamon!

Rachel Lundy said...

I would love to have cranberry tea with you too, Corina!  Let me know if you make the tea.  I hope you like it!

Rachel Lundy said...

It is yummy.  I forgot how yummy it was until Will helped me make some this week.  It is so much tastier than the herbal cranberry tea bags!

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

Sounds yummy! LMK what time the tea will be on. :-)

soulstops said...

Hi Rachel,

Just wanted to stop by and say "Hi" and let you know that I was thinking about you and what an encouragement you are :)

Mark Clark said...

Yum, I love anything with cranberries!

Mark Clark said...

Sorry, the above comment got posted on my hubbys address.  Sorry.  I am Wendy :)

Rachel Lundy said...

Hi Wendy. :)

The cranberry tea is delicious!  I hope you like it.

Rachel Lundy said...

Hi Wendy. :)

I think the cranberry tea is delicious!  I hope you like it too.

Rachel Lundy said...

Thanks so much for thinking of me and blessing me with your comment!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thanks so much for thinking of me and blessing me with your comment!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thanks so much for thinking of me and blessing me with your comment!

Grisel said...

I'm not much of a tea fan but I have been wanting to learn to love it so i could switch over from drinking coffee.  I think this recipe will win me over! I love cranberries so it seems to be a win win situation!
Thanks for sharing! www.7athisfeet.blogspot.com

Rachel Lundy said...

I hope you like the cranberry tea!  The great thing about this recipe is you can make it weak or strong, sweet or slightly sour.  It is easy to make it taste just right for you.  So if cranberry tea from an herbal tea bag is too weak for you, this recipe will enable you to make a rich and flavorful cranberry tea.  Enjoy!

Blythe Anderson said...

Hey Rachel! I used to live a couple doors down from you at the apartments, and I just happened across your blog again. I've been really morning sick again with our third, and just reading your blog is encouraging and refreshing. Thanking God for His work in you and for sustaining you!    --Blythe

Rachel Lundy said...

Hi Blythe!  It's so great to hear from you.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I'm glad you were encouraged here.

Congratulations on baby number 3!  I am thrilled for you.  I'm sorry that you are having the terrible morning sickness again.  That's miserable.  I will pray that the Lord will draw you close to Himself during these hard days and encourage your soul when your body is weak.

Amy Kelly said...

I am not much for tea, but this sounds delicious!! I love the idea of cranberry tea time!! Thanks for sharing!!

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