My guests seemed to enjoy them and I thought they were really good...so this recipe is a keeper! I served the scones with clotted cream and holiday jam.
Now for the special Christmas tea that I made with fruit juices, spices, and tea of course!
1 TBSP WHOLE cloves
1.5 cups sugar (I think you could substitute this for artificial sweetener if desired)
2 cups apple cider
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
Bring cider to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, also brew the tea bags in the 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain the spices out of the apple cider mixture. Combine all ingredients. Place in refrigerator overnight (I just poured it into an empty 1/2 gallon jug.
I would recommend that you taste the mixture at this point. If you would like a stronger tea flavor (like me), bring four cups of water to a boil. Add 4 black tea bags to two cups of the boiling water. Add tea and the remaining two cups of water. Regardless, you should add as much tea or plain water (or both) as you think you need too to dilute the taste and cut down on the sweetness.