Friday, December 6, 2013

Have a Cuppa Low Cal Hot Spiced Tea

There's a reason why I totally went with this great pic 
from Lipton of their Hot Tea.
I cannot photograph food.
or drinks...
at least not well enough to make it look appetizing.

I remember having this delicious hot spiced tea
also know as "Russian Tea" or "Southern Spiced Tea".
When I was young I could sip on this all afternoon.
I would make big batches of it, blissfully unaware...
But I stopped making it because of all the sugar.
It has a ton of sugar.
and I rarely use sugar.
Maybe Splenda or Truvia.
Before you could say "Brrrrr, It's Cold Outside",
I would have consumed hundreds of calories
and waaaaaay too much sugar.
not gonna happen anymore.

Recently Pinterest was abuzz with pics and recipes for this yummy cold weather pick me up, and it had me reminiscing about how good this recipe was, and how it warmed you on a snowy, blustery day. Like today.

These were taken from my front porch...
I'm not getting out in it.

Now that there is sugar free lemon flavor iced tea mixes and Sugar Free Tang, I thought, "now wait a minute. I can still have this without tempting the Diabetes that runs in my family". (do you ever think out loud?) I really don't want to rile that monster up.

(what did I tell ya, no way to make this pretty.)

Super simple to put together. I used generic individual Splenda Lemon Iced Tea Mix and No Sugar Orange Koolaid cause hubby couldn't find Sugar Free Tang. Then just added equal packages of both in a plastic container; plus some cinnamon, and Splenda or Sweet n' Low or Truvia to taste. I just use about 2 rounded teaspoons full in a mug with boiling water. really good, tastes the way I remembered.  And's like I'm 20 again! 

stay warm!


  1. Oh, you can take gorgeous pics of anything, my friend!

  2. If it makes you like 20 again, I'm drinking lots of it!! :) Sounds good!

  3. Sounds yummy Debra... brrr... looks cold at your place too!... we are going to be -5 Sunday they are saying now and more snow all weekend long... I want to go back to looking at your "Early Summer"... Mid~Summer"... "Summer"... posts!... I am not a winter girl!... stay warm and enjoy your tea... xoxo Julie Marie

  4. I use to drink the sugar-loaded version when I was a young mom running around after little kids, but I switched to the same version you make. It is so good! I love to add a cinnamon stick -- makes it extra special!

  5. Hi Debra,
    Oh who needs fancy foodie pics with all that yumminess outside!! It's beautiful pair it with something yummy and warm, Mmmm a perfect day!! Enjoy!

  6. thanks for sharing the tea, debra--i'll try this! not a snow person, and my yard looks like yours:( stay warm!

  7. Good grief...that brought back memories...we used to have a pot on the wood stove most days in snowy weather in the 1970s...hadn't thought about that in years!

  8. I grew up drinking Russian Tea and loved it. I made a big batch a few years ago, but I got such a sugar high after drinking it that I only had one cup! I like your idea of the sugar free version. It's great when you've got a cold or cough and I'm sure I'll have a few of those now that the winter weather is here to stay! Thanks for sharing, Debra!

  9. Debra,
    EnJOY your tea, dear friend!!!
    Wished I had your SNOW here on my side of the Prairie!!!
    In due time. . .

  10. Such a great thing to do on a snowy day…a great cup of tea and relaxing in a beautiful, cozy home.


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