90 Days of Low-Carb Recipes: Day 5–Sugar-Free Spiced Tea Mix

The arctic weather we had here in Nashville earlier this week (highs and lows in the single digits Monday and Tuesday) put me in mind of curling up with a warm blanket and a hot drink. There’s the old stand-by sugar-free hot cocoa mix you can get at the grocery store, and even sugar-free cider mixes. But I’ve always associated cold weather with spiced tea, something my mom made a lot when I was a kid.

Sugar-Free Spiced Tea Mix
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  • Sugar-free “morning” orange drink (Tang, Crystal Light, etc.)–enough to make 6 quarts
  • 2/3 cup unsweet instant tea mix
  • 2 packages lemonade drink mix (each makes 2 qts.)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves (I used a heaping 1/2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (again, I used a heaping 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 2 cups granulated Splenda

Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. (Makes approximately 4 cups of mix.)

Tap bottom of jar on counter when it starts getting full to remove air and create room to add more.

Tap bottom of jar on counter when it starts getting full to remove air and create room to add more.


My supermarket didn’t have the sugar-free Tang or the larger size of the Crystal Light orange morning drink (with 5-6 of the 2-quart tubs), so I ended up having to get two boxes of the individual (16.9 fluid ounce) packets, of which I used 14, because I like my spiced tea a little more on the orangey side. I also added closer to 3/4 cup of instant tea mix.

Depending on how strong you like your spiced tea, use 1-2 heaping tablespoons for a large mug (16-20 oz.) with hot water.

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