Hot Fruit Tea

A different kind of hot drink

During the winter holidays, it’s not uncommon for there to be hot apple cider at parties.

But Judy Barrett of St. Paul has a different hot drink that has become a family favorite.

Barrett doesn’t quite remember where she first found her tea recipe. Maybe someone gave it to her, or she jotted it down from a magazine or newspaper.

“I assume I had it somewhere else because it’s handwritten on a recipe card,” Barrett says.

While she doesn’t recall its origins, she knows she’s had it for a long time because she used to make it when neighbors came over for the holidays.

Even though there is almond extract in the hot drink, Barrett says the lemon and orange lend a refreshing, fruity flavor and help the almond not be the predominate

Barrett enjoys cooking, and when her six kids were young she didn’t have as much time as she does now to experiment with new recipes.

Her days of cooking for a large family are over … unless, of course, her kids are coming for dinner.

When not cooking, Barrett likes to sew, go bowling and get together with friends and family.

This holiday season, she says give her Hot Fruit Tea a try. The contest judges say they were glad they did and reported coming back for multiple cupfuls.

Hot Fruit Tea

From the kitchen of: Judy Barrett, East St. Paul


4 tea bags

1 small can frozen orange juice

1 small can frozen lemonade

2 cans water

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

2 quarts water



Steep the 4 tea bags in 1 quart boiling water for about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients.

Stir together. Serve hot.

Makes 15 to 20 cups.


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