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Hot Sweet Brandied Citrus Tea

Hot Sweet Brandied Citrus Tea ~ from Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #cocktail #recipe

A hot, relaxing cocktail made with herbal orange tea, brandy and kumquat syrup. The perfect nightcap on a cold winter’s night.

I used to have a glass of wine before going to bed. It’s a habit that helps relax me so I can get to sleep faster. But one night I was chilled and decided to make myself some tea instead. The brandy was sitting there … I am not much of a brandy drinker … I buy it to use in cooking, mostly, but there it was, sitting there, staring at me … and it occurred to me that a splash of brandy might be good in my tea.

And it was. I’ve had this many nights now, just before bed, sometimes with brandy, sometimes with rum. It really is a wonderful warm way to end a cold winter day.

Hot Sweet Brandied Citrus Tea

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 4 minutes

Hot Sweet Brandied Citrus Tea


  • 1 cup of hot herbal orange tea (such as Tazo Wild Sweet Orange or Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange)
  • 2 Tablespoons brandy or rum
  • 2 Tablespoons brandied kumquat ginger syrup (recipe here)
  • For garnish: a couple slices of kumquat or orange


  1. Brew your cup of tea. I usually microwave the water till it's really hot, then add the tea bag.
  2. Pour in the brandy & the syrup, stir and enjoy! Garnish with slices of fresh kumquat or orange if you like.

Hot Sweet Brandied Citrus Tea ~ from Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #cocktail #recipe

This recipe was shared at Thursday’s TreasuresWeekend PotluckScrumptious Sunday and Clever Chicks Bloghop.

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3 Responses

  1. Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing this with my FB get well party!

    January 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

  2. Madina Papadopoulos

    Good morning! I love your blog. I made a BuzzFeed Groundhog Day party post and listed this delicious cocktail on it. Thanks for sharing your creativity! http://www.buzzfeed.com/madinapapadopoulos/10-things-youll-need-to-throw-a-groundhogs-day-p-ehw3

    January 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    • Ann

      Madina what an adorable post! I love the party theme … and all the clever ideas you’ve rounded up. Thanks for including my tea 🙂

      January 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm