Russian Tea: A Mix and My Realfood Version

While I was growing up, Russian tea was a favorite holiday drink – the kind my mom would make by blending different instant drink mixes and spices.  You’d simply put a couple spoonfuls into a cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy.  It’s wonderful to sip in cool weather and has a delightfully tangy, spicy flavor.

Here’s my mom’s recipe:

  • 2 cups Tang
  • 1/2 cup instant tea
  • 1 reg. Wyler’s lemonade packet (I don’t know how much this is)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Mix together and store in an airtight container.  To make one serving, add 2 level teaspoons of the mix to 1 cup of hot water and stir.  This also makes great Christmas gifts – just include a jar of the mix with instructions, perhaps along with some festive cups.

A few years ago I experimented with a “real food” way to make this drink, since we avoid instant drink mixes because of the sugar and chemicals.  I succeeded well enough for our taste. 😉

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tea bag of black tea
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • dash ground cinnamon
  • dash ground cloves
  • honey to taste
  • water if needed to “thin” it out

Heat the orange juice just to a boil with the tea bag in it.  Add the lemon juice, spices, and honey, and adjust as needed, adding some water if you don’t want it too strong.  For a festive look, you could omit the ground cinnamon and stir with a cinnamon stick.  Makes one serving.

Experiment!  You can also do this with apple cider, or vary the tea and spices.  A pumpkin pie spice blend, or just allspice sprinkled on top also work well.

This version could also be given as a unique real food gift.  You could put together a lovely basket with oranges and lemons, a hand juicer, the dry ingredients and directions.

Linked to:
Whole Foods For The Holidays: Beverages
Tasty Tuesday
Works For Me Wednesday
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