It’s that time of year again. We’re surrounded by sniffles, sneezes, coughs and wheezes. As a school librarian, I don’t even like to think about where those books might have been. Despite the constant hand-washing, some type of bug always manages to invade our household. In fact, just last weekend, something nasty swept through our house like a typhoon, flattening everyone in its path. When that happens, I turn to my favorite cold remedy. Read on to learn what it is.
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Fond Memories of a Special Treat
From the time my sister and I were quite young, our dear Canadian grandmother allowed us to choose a fine china cup and saucer with which to enjoy afternoon tea. What a brave grandmother! We were very careful, and the teacups remained undamaged. Our favorite tea to sip was a wonderful concoction we called Russian Tea, but I think it’s more widely known as Friendship Tea. We always had the special tea on hand in our house when I was growing up.
Now that I have a home and family of my own, the tea tradition has continued. These days, in my houseful of guys, the tea is served in mugs rather than fine china teacups. It’s most requested when someone is feeling under the weather. This very evening, this favorite cold remedy was requested by my youngest son, who has a head cold. What are the amazing cold-fighting properties of this tasty brew? Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened instant tea (Lipton is the brand I usually use)
3 1/4 ounce envelope of powdered lemonade mix (I use the Kool Aid brand)
2 cups Tang orange drink mix (packed with vitamin C, I usually use the bulk food variety)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
If you wish to reduce the sugar, you may substitute the sugar and lemonade mix with 1 cup of powdered sugar free lemonade mix.
Place all ingredients in a 2 quart Mason jar or other container with lid and shake to combine. To serve, mix 2 teaspoons of Friendship Tea with 1 cup of boiling water. For a larger mug, use 3 teaspoons, or to taste.
One More Special Ingredient in this Favorite Cold Remedy
When I think of drinking a cup of Friendship Tea, I get a warm feeling inside. I think that’s because my earliest memories of drinking it are filled with thoughts of love for my grandmother. Love makes everything taste better! No wonder I feel so soothed and relaxed when I drink my favorite cold remedy. It really does help me feel better right away when I’m fighting a cold. Maybe it will make you feel better as well.
Make it Even Easier
If you are a regular consumer of tea, you probably already have an electric tea kettle. If you have never owned one, but drink a lot of hot beverages, you might consider adding this handy device to your kitchen collection. After only a few minutes, a nice pot of boiling water is ready for you to use. Mine is similar to this one:
Are You Now in the Mood for This Soothing Hot Beverage?
Do you have any favorite remedies for when you’re feeling under the weather? I’d sure be interested in learning more about them. If you decide to try this recipe, I’d love to see pictures. If you do make this recipe, take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I’ll feature the photo in my Instagram story.
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You might also be interested in reading about some of my other easy recipes, like Easy Wassail. If you would like even more recipe ideas, consider following my Easy Recipes board on Pinterest. Wishing you good health and many opportunities to relax and enjoy this cozy favorite cold remedy even when you don’t have a cold!