If you were able to read our post last week, you saw the meaningful design inspiration behind the Colonial Citrus Christmas card suite that Dogwood Hill Creative Director Holly Hollon created for our founder, Jennifer Hunt. When Holly initially showed Jennifer the card designs, Jennifer knew that this design would also make beautiful gift tags and recipe cards for one of her favorite holiday traditions – her family’s spiced tea drink.

Jennifer’s grandmother, Martha Davis “aka Nonnie,” is the one who began the holiday spiced tea tradition in her family. Nonnie’s recipe is based off of the traditional Russian tea recipe, but Jennifer says it is the best version she has ever tasted!  Jennifer now makes a batch of the tea with her family at the beginning of each holiday season, so they can enjoy it throughout the winter. She has also been known to add honey to the hot drink to cure a winter cough!

Jennifer has fond memories of making the tea mix with her mother, portioning out in jars with ribbon and delivering to neighbors and friends in her hometown. Thankfully, she was happy to share the recipe with us here in the hope you could use the gift idea too. For an added touch, she tied the jars with a gold measuring spoon this year.


Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

Store in an airtight container like the ones we found here.

Tie with ribbon, a gold spoon and Dogwood Hill’s Colonial Citrus Recipe Gift Tags.


To serve, stir 2 tablespoons of mix into 1 cup of boiling water.



We think this is the perfect holiday gift idea for neighbors, co-workers, or even your children’s teachers! Shop the Colonial Citrus gift tags and recipe cards here.

Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

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