Monday, October 10, 2011

Russian Tea

Ever since fall hit (okay, ever since I had to sit around a chilly house) I started craving a warm satisfying drink from my childhood.

I am by no means a "tea" drinker. Quite the opposite in fact. I really can't stand it when it's by itself. However, when mixed with other flavors, by all means, count me in. I like to call this tea version fall-in-a-cup. Because that is exactly what comes to mind anytime I think about it or smell the mix with its cinnamon and cloves. It just doesn't seem right to bust this out in the middle of summer.

It's for comfy pants and sweatshirts.

And being wrapped in layers of blankets. While it's raining.

And smelling fall. Burning leaf piles and all.

Russian Tea

Adapted from: Family Recipe

1 cup powdered Tang
1/2 cup powdered lemonade (such as Country Time)
1/4 cup unsweetened instant tea
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large ziploc bag, combine all the ingredients. Shake well to mix. Pour into storage container. To use, stir 2 tablespoons powder into about 10 ounces (a coffee mug) of hot water.

Makes: 2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)

Now I'm sure there are recipes out there for this same drink that are "all-natural"/"non-processed" -- basically they don't use the powdered beverages in the mix. However, that usually entails fresh items, and quite frankly, that involves time. And usually when I'm craving this drink, I am not in the mood to be putzing about the kitchen. So, this version of the drink works perfectly for me.

Believe it or not, I actually found the original recipe to be a tad on the sweet side. I know, I thought something was too sweet? What is the world coming to? In order to fix this, I scaled back the sugar by half and have reflected the change in the recipe above. If the final product doesn't taste sweet enough for you, simply add in up to another 1/4 cup of sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 25g
Amount per serving
Calories 83Calories from fat 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.0g0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 57mg2%
Total Carbs 18.4g6%
Sugars 18.1g
Protein 0.1g
Vitamin A 28%Vitamin C 287%
Calcium 30%Iron 0%


  1. This seems like the perfect drink as I am sitting on my couch with a blanket tight around me and my hands clutched on a hot cup of coffee. It also would be a great hostess gift!

  2. This sounds fabulous and your presentation is gorgeous! Would make such a great gift! :)

  3. its so beautiful and elegant but out of such ordinary things. I was thinking Russian tea hmmm sounds interesting and then I clicked the link and it was by no means what I thought. But in a good way. lovely

  4. What a lovely gift this is! I love tea and this looks so good!

  5. Hello! I'm from Russia and this is really my favorite tea!

  6. This sounds really good! I'll have to give it a try since I have never had it before.

  7. Tang and lemonade? Sold.I Have got to try this. These pics are beautiful! Loving the swirls in the mix.

  8. I love tea! This sounds so good - great for fall. It needs to cool down so I can sit under a blanket and drink this!

  9. thank you thank you thank you. I had a recipe for this last year, and drank it all the time. I love love love Russian tea, and when I went to make some this year, I couldn't find my recipe! I'm so glad I found your blog!

  10. I recently found this photo on Pinterest and immediately repinned to my board. Wanted to thank you for the photo and the recipe. It reminds me of my childhood.
    I also wanted to let you know that I put a link to this post in my blog today.
    I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog.

  11. Its better than my family's version and I love the sweetness level the way you posted it. Thank you for making this sick, pregnant woman happy :)

  12. My extended family is always calling me for this recipe. They lost theirs, or haven't made it for a while, and cant remember the all of it, or other reasons. I keep a copy inside my cupboard door so it is always available for whoever calls. I am always glad to see it passed on.



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