It was cold this morning. As I was walking outside, I actually thought that it could snow, and whenever this West Coast girl gets that cold, all I want to do is drink something HOT. There a few drinks that I usually warm-up with, but sometimes you need a little of variety. I recently came across a couple of recipes using Crystal Light – one of my favorite low-calorie drink mixes.
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I’m not always a big tea drinker. Growing up part Asian, I’m more accustomed to Jasmine tea than I am to Iced Tea – I just never acquired the taste. Well, one way to get me to drink iced tea is by serving Crystal Light Hot Spiced Tea. The recipe calls for equal parts of Crystal Light Iced Tea – Natural Lemon and Crystal Light Lemonade, mixed with some of the spices traditionally used in spiced cider.
To make this recipe, I put all of the ingredients into a plastic container and then shook it to mix the powders together. To serve, simply mix the powder mix with hot water and in a matter of seconds you have a piping hot cup of hot spiced tea. I was amazed at how delicious the tea was. It had the spiciness of cider, with a hint of lemon, and a warmth that permeates your stomach. Not bad for a drink that is around 5 calories per serving. Note that as you’re drinking the hot spiced tea, some of the spices may sink to the bottom of your mug.
If you’re more of a peach fan, you can also try their recipe for Mulled Peach Tea Punch. I haven’t tried that recipe yet but with the mixture of peaches and apples, it looks quite yummy.
This is the first time that I’ve considered using Crystal Light for hot beverages during the winter and I’m impressed with the tasty drinks and warm flavors they are able to provide. These drinks make Crystal Light more than just a cool summertime beverage – they can now be viable options to create tasty drinks during the cold weather as well.
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Hot Spiced Tea Recipe
Crystal Light Hot Spiced Tea
1 packet (makes 2 qt. drink) or 2 packets (makes 1 qt. drink) of Crystal Light Natural Lemon Flavor Iced Tea Mix
1 packet (makes 2 qt. drink) or 2 packets (makes 1 qt. drink) of Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1. Mix all ingredients. Store in tightly covered jar at room temperature.
2. For 1 Quart: Stir 1 quart boiling water into 1 Tbsp. tea mix in heatproof pitcher or bowl.
3. For Single Serving: Stir 3/4 cup boiling water into 1/2 tsp. tea mix in mug. Serve with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Mulled Peach Tea Punch Recipe
Mulled Peach Tea Punch
(serves 8 )
1 packet (makes 2 qt. drink) or 2 packets (makes 1 qt. drink) of Crystal Light Peach Flavor Iced Tea Mix
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups boiling water
2 cups apple juice
1. Place drink mix and spices in large, heatproof, nonmetal bowl or pitcher.
2. Add boiling water; stir until drink mix is dissolved. Add juice; let stand 10 minutes.
3. Remove spices; discard. Serve warm.
Recipes and recipe photos are courtesy and copyright of Crystal Light.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. Your experiences may be different. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free product from the manufacturer or their representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.