Russian Tea

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite as cozy as sitting by a fire in your fuzzy pajamas with a hot beverage.  Sometimes, however, I don’t really want coffee in the evenings before bedtime.  So, every year about this time, I whip up a batch of Russian Tea.

This stuff actually makes a fantastic teacher gift at Christmas.  Just put some in a pretty little container with a nice little label – DONE!  Several years ago, I was trying to decide on some Christams gifts for my girls’ teachers and remembered my mom making Russian tea for teachers when I was younger.  This particular recipe came from my mother in law and I’ve been told that it is some of the best ever!  (I would have to agree!)

Even better – it could not be easier to make!

{A little history note – I have always wondered why this stuff is called “Russian” tea, so before typing this post I Googled it.  According to wikipedia, this mixture bears little to no resemblance to the tea they actually drink in Russia.  It first appeared in an American cookbook in 1925 and thee origin of its moniker is otherwise unknown.}  


1 container of Tang (18-20 oz.)
3/4 cup instant tea with lemon
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  When finished, store in an airtight container.

To serve, add 3-4 Tablespoons to a mug of hot water (approximately 8-10 oz).

Originally posted at Lisa’s blog.