Some of the best things about the weather turning cold are the beverages that are made to help warm you up. One of my favorites is Russian Tea. It is similar to wassail or a spiced up apple cider, but if you ask the farm boys that live here, it’s called “Creative Juice” – it’s what they request when they want to think better.
Apparently, Russian Tea is powerful stuff. 😉
It’s also a soothing hot beverage for when you’ve got a sore throat or a cold—which is the other time the farm boys request this drink. Mama…bring me (cough) the Russian (cough) Tea…
Also, it just tastes good. It’s great to curl up with a mug of this and a blanket and a book. That’s why we always have a jar of Russian Tea mix in the cupboard when the air starts to turn crispy and the ground gets frosty. Here’s how you can make your own…
Ingredients for Russian Tea
1 cup Tang (yes, the orange powdered drink mix that you didn’t think was still around.)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup instant black tea (or unsweetened unflavored instant iced tea)
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
How to Make Russian Tea
The great thing about this recipe is it’s so easy. Gather all those ingredients, mix everything up together, and put it in a lovely jar.
Oh. And don’t forget to tell your kids they can’t drink it all at once. Unless, of course, they tell you it helps them think better.