Russian Tea: Our Favorite Warm Up Drink
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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.
Russian Tea 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.
Oh. And why is this drink of awesomeness called Russian Tea? Beats me.
Research tells us that this yummy awesome recipe has literally nothing to do with Russia. It didn’t come from Russia. It’s mostly consumed in the United States around Christmastime, and first appeared in a (American) recipe book in the 1920s.
Go figure. So call it whatever you want—Russian Tea or Mug of Awesomeness. It doesn’t matter. Just go make some for yourself!
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.
Just gather all those ingredients, mix everything up together, and put it in a lovely jar.
This recipe makes about about 2 1/2 cups of drink mix. To prepare a mug of awesomeness, stir 2 to 3 tsp. (or more) of drink mix into mug of hot water.
Can you say perfect idea for homemade gifts? Get on that!
Mmmmm. Russian tea.
Oh. And after you make this, 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.
One of my favorite things to drink when the temperatures start to drop, reminiscent of old time Wassail.
- 1 cup Tang
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup instant black tea granules or unsweetened unflavored instant iced tea
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
12 thoughts on “Russian Tea: Our Favorite Warm Up Drink”
I am going to have to make some of this up. It would be perfect for gifts.
Wow hadn't thought about this in a long time..thanks for the reminder…..can taste it as I sit here in my minds eye.
What are the serving instructions, please?
“Recipe makes about 1 pint jar of drink mix. To prepare, stir 2 to 3 tsp drink mix into hot mug of water.” You can certainly stir in more than that if you’d like it stronger. 🙂
Can’t wait to try this. Michelle is right, it would be a good gift idea
Is Tang available in sugar-free? I’m a diabetic, as is this stuff would be murder on my blood sugar.
After looking on Amazon, it appears they do make a sugar free version of Tang. 🙂
thank you for the recipe for Russian tea, but I am in Canada, and I am wondering where you get instant black tea. we have that in coffee, but I have never even heard of instant black tea…
You can get Lipton instant (black) iced tea here in the store. It comes in a glass jar. Otherwise Amazon usually carries it!
I use Chinese 5 spice powder! Adds a little different twist!
What would you recommend besides Tang?
I’ve been asked that often, and there isn’t really a substitute for Tang, unfortunately. Some people use a powdered lemonade mix, but that’s not any more “natural” than Tang. 😉