Can I just say, for the record, I have no idea why this is called Russian Tea? I don’t. But I DO know why I’ve kept this recipe, written on orange construction paper, for so long: it is SO GOOD. I used to be a preschool teacher, and the teacher in the next room over gave me this recipe forever ago. Every year I make it it’s just as good as I remembered! There are a lot of versions floating around out there, but this one has never failed me. You will need:
- 2 cups Tang mix
- 1/3 cup lemonade mix
- 3/4 cup instant tea (recipe says decaf; I use fully leaded because I have a 3 year old)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
Then just mix it all in a bowl and store in a jar — so easy that this is a great project for the kids to help with. To serve, pour one cup of hot water over 1 Tbsp. of tea mix (grownups only with the boiling water, obviously).
This mix looks very pretty in little jars for presents, along with some sugar spice craisin nuts.
I must confess, though, my favorite thing to do with this tea is to enjoy a steaming cup of it in the afternoon with a little plate of cookies. It’s downright civilized, I tell you. My two favorite accompaniments for Russian tea this year are these buttered rum meltaways from Erin’s Food Files, and these shortbread cookies from The Novice Chef, my two bloggie sisters in crime. Try them… you won’t be sorry!
DUDE (yes I just said Dude) I had no idea you made this with Tang! Haha! I will have to make this ASAP! The hubs would be thrilled to have some Tang in the house to take him back to his childhood! 🙂
DUDE! You totally do. The cashier at Publix was like, “Tang?? Really??” Ha!
Wow! What an interesting drink! I have never heard of anything like this before but it sounds like something I’d LOVE! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I LOVE Russian tea, we used to take it camping. What a great memory!
I’ve never heard of Russian tea! How interesting! Thanks for linking to my cookies, I bet they would be good with that!
Erin – this is a recipe my mom used to make in Michigan growing up – I do it every year – brings back lots of good memories of cold winter days!
Aw, how sweet! I just love it.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made this, oh, about 32 years ago, but the memory of it’s sheer goodness remains. Lovely on a cold night with friends and family.
Oh what a sweet memory!