With winter in full swing, this is a time for indoor activities. Our former snows have melted but more is expected tomorrow. Those of us who miss gardening turn to other hobbies and interests during the winter. For some of you, it might be curling up next to the fireplace with a great book. Some love sewing, knitting or crocheting. For those who love to cook and/or bake, we welcome the extra warmth our ovens create in the kitchen. Perhaps your passion is needlework, cross stitch or quilting. I have one of those large plastic storage boxes full of old table cloths and crochet just waiting to be reintroduced into new lives as tote bags, purses and mantle scarfs.
Regardless of what you love to do - you will enjoy this recipe from an old 1985 issue of Southern Living Recipes. You can make some Quilter's Brew....or rename this accordingly "Reader's Brew" or "Sewer's Brew" or whatever........
Quilter's Brew (as recipe originally was published)
9 cups of water, 9 small teabags with paper tags removed
spice bag: 12 to 14 whole allspice, 8 whole cloves, peel from 1/2 large orange, cut into small strips
Lastly: 2 cups water, 1 12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup honey
1980 Instructions: Pour 9 cups water into a 12 cup percolator. Combine
next 4 ingredients in percolator basket. Perk through complete cycle of electric percolator. When percolating is completed, remove the basket. Add the remaining ingredients to tea mixture;stir. Heat thoroughly. Yield: 13 cups. Nora Hendrix, Augusta, Georgia
IN THE 1980's, percolators were still very popular - not anymore. You can make this tea on top of your stove in a pot using a paper filter such as a T-Sac bag for the spices, a large 3" infuser or even a fabric spice sachet bag. Bring 9 cups of water to a boil, steep black tea bags 4-5 minutes with spices. Remove spice container and proceed with other ingredients. When done, keep warm on stove. Pour some into a prewarmed teapot.
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