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Sinner's Tea

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When it’s cold and snowy outside, here’s a cocktail that will make you feel all toasty and warm inside. Made with rum, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar and a combination of naturally caffeine-free teas, it kind of gives you the impression that it’s medicinal, regardless of whether you have a sore throat or not. It is delightfully soothing and delicious.



  • 4 teabags (2 each of Orange and Rooibos, or 2 Bengal Spice, 1 Orange and 1 Rooibos) to about 5 cups of boiling water
  • Juice of one lemon (plus additional slices to garnish, if desired)
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar (more or less to your taste)
  • A shot of rum (1 oz) per drink (about 3/4 cups of tea), or to taste

How to make it

Step 1: Steep the tea for 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 2: In the meantime juice your lemon and add it and the brown sugar into a jug that can handle hot liquids (glass instead of plastic).

Step 3: Pour in the hot tea and give it a good stir.

Step 4: To serve, fill your cup with tea and then add the rum, one drink at a time. (We do it that way instead of adding the rum to the pitcher all at once because alcohol will evaporate relatively quickly when heated up, so unless you’re serving the whole pitcher right away it might lose some of its kick by the time you drink it.) Garnish with a lemon slice, if desired.


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