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Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!


In keeping with the Hot Tea Month theme, today I’d like to share a spiced tea recipe I developed.

Years ago, in the 60s, Tang—the orange juice of the astronauts—put out a spice tea recipe using Tang (a powdered orange juice drink) and instant tea. Instant tea was a favorite of my mother-in-law’s. She served it all the time. I can say with absolute certainty that instant tea isn’t my favorite cup of tea, but when the Tang spiced tea recipe came on the scene, it wasn’t bad. Probably the sweet, orangey flavor of Tang made the difference. Back then my husband and I drank Tang all the time because it was much cheaper than real orange juice and we were on a tight budget.

As the years have gone by, Tang, which is full of sugar and off my diet now, is no longer an option for spiced tea. So, I came up with this spiced tea flavored with mandarin orange juice and warm spices.

Here’s my by-the-cup recipe. It, too, goes great with cookies and a good book read beside the fireplace. If you need to cut the sugar, feel free to substitute an artificial sweetener, or leave it out if the real juice makes the tea sweet enough for you.


Mandarin Orange Spice Tea (by the cup) 

Serves 1


  • 1 black tea bag
  • 3 mandarin oranges, juiced
  • 1/16th teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8th teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Place the tea bag in a cup and add boiling water.
  • Steep 3 minutes (or less for a weaker tea)
  • Remove tea bag and add the mandarin orange juice and spices.
  • Stir well to mix spices into the tea.
  • Grab a copy of Catherine Castle’s award-winning sweet romantic comedy A Groom for Mama, a blanket, and settle into your favorite reading spot for a great cup of tea and a great read.

A Groom for Mama

By Catherine Castle

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom for Mama.

You can find A Groom for Mama at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

About the Author:

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE, as well as placing in several other contests. Her sweet romantic comedy/drama A Groom for Mama, also from Soul Mate Publishing, is the recipient of the 2018 Raven Award.

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