Truly Orange Orange Pekoe Tea

 boiling water
8 cups water
4 to 8  strips ( 3-inch each) {orange peel}, bitter pith removed
12  whole cloves
9 teaspoons loose {orange pekoe tea}
2 to 4  orange slices, to garnish
4  {cinnamon sticks} (3-inch each)
 honey to taste
Heat a serving teapot with boiling water. While the serving pot is warming, boil 8 cups of water for making tea.

Stud the orange peels with cloves. Place a clove-studded orange peel at the bottom of each teacup.

When the serving pot is thoroughly warmed, discard the warming water and place 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup into the teapot. Add 1 additional teaspoon for the pot.

Pour 3 to 5 minutes. Pour the tea through a wire mesh strainer into cups garnished with an orange slice and serve with cinnamon stick on the side. Sweeten if desired.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10 min
steep 5 min

Cook Time: 5 min

Servings: yields 8 1-cup servings or 4 2-cup servings

Recipe By: Carolyn Quick Tillery

From:  The Military Wives' Cookbook
Used with permission of Cumberland House Publishing