December would typically be filled with all the holiday gatherings, but as we all know, this December, just like this whole year, is anything but typical. In lieu of hanging with friends and family, we'll be tucked away at home, using the quiet time for a much needed reset. 

Just because we won't be seeing people, doesn't mean we can't still enjoy all the festive seasonal treats, so since December 1st holiday cookies have been in full swing around here. First we had Chanukah sugar cookies, then BA's chocolate-tahini linzers, most recently Nana's shortbread and coming up later this week, gingerbread and chocolate log. 

Karyn's Christmas tea seemed like the perfect thing to have on hand while we chow down on so many cookies. Reminiscent of last year's Dames holiday cookie exchange. 

KARYN'S CHRISTMAS TEA // serves a crowd, doubles easily


2 1/2 cups boiling water
5 black tea bags
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups cranberry cocktail
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups water

What to do:

Steep the tea bags, cinnamon and nutmeg in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. 

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Heat on medium/low until sugar dissolves and warmed through. 

Serve warm.