Mandarin & Spice Ceylon Tea Mix


My family has always drank a lot of tea – growing up in an old house with a woodstove, you need something hot to hold onto and sip. One of our favorites is Constant Comment, a spicy orange black tea. This is my version using oven-dried Satsuma Mandarins – use oranges if you like – and mixed with warming spices cinnamon, clove, and black pepper

I’ve used Ceylon black tea here, but I think a citrus-y Earl Grey would be delicious, too. 

Also, don’t be put off by oven-drying the citrus slices; if you don’t want to wait, make a smaller batch and use freshly-grated zest and keep the mix in the refrigerator. Also, if you are not a fan of spicy tea (think spicy chai…), leave out the pepper. 


Mandarin & Spice Ceylon Tea Mix
  1. 1/2 cup ceylon tea
  2. 1/2 cup dried satsuma mandarin slices or 2-3 satsuma mandarins
  3. 2 sticks cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoons whole clove
  5. 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  1. To prepare the dried mandarins, thinly slice (use a mandoline if you have one) and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 175°F (or your oven's lowest setting) for 8-10 hours, or until crispy and fully dried. (Feel free to substitute any dried citrus you can find).
  2. In a food processor, blend 1/2 cup dried mandarin slices along with the cinnamon, clove, and peppercorns until coarsely ground. Mix with the tea and store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dark space.
  3. For each cup of tea, use 2 teaspoons dried tea mix in a tea bag or tea infuser. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over and let steep 5 minutes.
  1. Great with a sweetener and soy creamer.
chel rabbit

3 thoughts on “Mandarin & Spice Ceylon Tea Mix

  1. Matt

    Can’t wait to try this. I travel with Constant Comment. Not kidding. It’s easy to make in a hotel room, and much better than the coffee they stock the room with. I’m also reminded of something my mom used to make after I’d shovel the driveway in the winter. I think it was called Russian Tea, and it contained 1/3 Tang, 1/3 instant iced tea mix, and 1/3 something else. A quick web search shows that the missing ingredient is instant lemonade, but that doesn’t sound right.

    1. Chels Post author

      Ha. I also Travel with Tea. Not specifically C.C., but it does remind me of home. Russian Tea sounds crazy but also good even without the third ingredient. Although it sounds more like something you should drink before shovelling the driveway…


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