Friendship Tea Recipe
Friendship Tea is a delicious treatment for a cold and winter ickiness. If you’re under the weather, this soothing warm drink provides a good dose of Vitamin C. So many variations of this recipe exist but this one suits our family, and best of all, it is caffeine free. Once you have the ingredients and equipment, it takes five to ten minutes to make a batch. We make several batched and keep extra on hand for unexpected colds and to give as gifts to those who need it. We make this every year to have on hand through the winter. Mix some up today and feel better soon!
Two cups orange breakfast drink mix (like the astronauts used to drink)
1 cup of lemonade mix with sweetener of your choice
3/4 cup decaffeinated, unsweetened instant iced tea mix without lemon
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
2-3 packages of powdered lemon juice
Measuring cups for dry measuring
Food processor or a large bowl and spoon
One quart Mason jar per batch
Funnel that fits into the Mason jar with a wide opening at the top (in a pinch, you can use a clean piece of paper to create a funnel)
Place all of the ingredients into the food processor or bowl. Mix for 10-15 seconds in the food processor or stir very gently in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and pour into Mason jars.
To serve, dissolve 2 to 4 Tbsp (to taste) in a mug of hot water. Enjoy!
At the grocery, the orange drink mix and lemonade mix are found with the powdered drinks. The instant tea is usually with regular coffee and tea section but occasionally resides with the other powdered drinks. The powdered lemon juice is most often in the baking aisle.
The food processor is the easiest and cleanest way to mix Friendship Tea. Mixing the ingredients stirs up a large amount of dust. Using the food processor and letting the mix sit for a minute or two after mixing reduces the amount of dust significantly. After the dust settles, use a funnel to pour the mix into the mason jar.
When I give this as a gift, I create a preparation for the jar, and tie a ribbon around the jar to make it look more festive.Click here for ways to support the Moving Toward Better mission.