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Hot Spiced Orange Tea
Combine 1 quart boiling water, 1/4 cup sugar, 10 whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Mix well and bring to a boil again. Take it off the heat and add 4 tea bags of your choice (black tea is implied, but I guess you could try green or white tea if you like - or even instant coffee, come to think of it). Steep for 4 minutes. Strain it and stir in 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, the rind of a medium orange and a slice of fresh lemon. Place over low heat to keep it warm but don't boil it again. When you're ready to serve it, take the orange rind out. Serve it in cups (I think you could use mugs if that's what you prefer) and add a cinnamon stick in each as a stirrer. You could use honey sticks as stirrers, too.
wall spice rack or something on the counter - as long as you can find the cinnamon and cloves, this one's easy to make. And a few falling red leaves outside the window makes a perfect accompaniment.