Sunday, April 14, 2019

Friendship Tea Gift Jar

I came across the Friendship Tea recipe many years ago in a newspaper column, "Hints from Heloise!" Heloise was extremely popular and continues to be right now with lots of lifestyle hints including recipes like Friendship Tea. 

2 1/2 C - Tang
1 3/4 C - Instant unsweetened tea
1/2 C - CountryTime instant lemonade
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

There are so many variations of the original recipe, like the one above.  Back then, sugar intake wasn't that much of a concern and the original Heloise recipe called for up to 2 cups of sugar. Yikes! In making mine, I eliminated adding any kind of extra sugar - The powdered orange flavored breakfast drink (Tang) and instant lemonade (CountryTime) contains more than enough sugar. Plus, you can also make a version using sugar free substitutes.

Once you've gathered all the ingredients, mix them together really well. I made sure that they were - by dumping the ingredients from one bowl to another, stirring together to make sure the ingredients were blended.

Once mixed together, place into a glass jar and seal tight! That's it! So simple!

The recipe makes the perfect gift for friends and family! Who doesn't love sipping tea with friends!  So I decided to decorate the jar by making a couple of labels to place on top of the lid and on front of the jar.

I found a design here which I tweaked for size, and added special wording.
For the lid label I printed out how much to mix for a drink:  Add 1-2 rounded teaspoons to 6-8 ounces of water. 

Then cut out the labels, adjusting to fit, and Mod Podge them on the jar and lid.

Next, braided baker's twine and .  .  .

glued in place starting at the center around the lid.

For a decorative effect!  Aren't the colors pretty!

The perfect friendship gift to share - so tasty to drink, hot or cold!

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I'm part of the Creative Crafter's Group hosted by Janet @Try It, Like It, Create It, on Facebook where we are challenged to create  themed projects on the 15th of each month.  The theme for April is Mother's Day or Friendship.
Can you guess which one I picked?

Be sure to check out all the participants to see what awesome projects they created!

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  1. That sounds so tasty Gail and I love the way you presented the friendship tea. That label is soooooo pretty.

  2. Hi Gail,
    This sounds like a nice gift or for even a Mother's Day gift. Thanks for this great idea. :)
    Have a nice week and a Happy Easter.

  3. I grow my own herbs for teas. This one is very easy to make. Found you on Homestyle Gathering Link party

  4. I bet this tastes great, I am going to have to give it a try.


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