Spiced Tea Holiday Punch

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The holidays are time for gatherings and warmth … and a little booze. This spiced punch can be served hot or cold. It’s a tasty way to welcome guests and stay warm.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 cardamom seeds
  • 2 tbs ginger
  • 2 tea bags (black tea)
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ¼ cup dark rum


Boil water, honey, sugar, spices and vanilla in a large saucepan, stirring frequently until honey and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat and add tea bag, steeping for five minutes. Strain it into a bowl and add wine and rum. Can be served hot or cold. If serving it hot, simmer mixture until warm again. If serving cold, chill mixture in refrigerator then serve over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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