Russian Tea

When I first moved to North Carolina in 1980 I was totally oblivious to southern traditions and customs and recipes.  All my life I lived in New York with German parents who came over in the 1950’s.  Moving to the south was like moving to a different country, and I struggled with everything.  Where was the corner deli with the hero sandwiches? I missed my bagel with butter for breakfast, Italian ices in the summer and creamy hot chocolates or cappuccinos in the winter. I was lost.

The weather turned cooler (below 70) and everyone began to talk about Russian Tea.  I was not a tea drinker so it held no interest for me.  However, once I smelled its spicy smell and tasted it I was hooked.  I make batches of it beginning in October and give away mason jars with the mixture every year at Christmas.

Russian Tea Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Tang
  • 1/2 cup Instant Tea
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 T. presweetened lemonade mix
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • (I usually double or triple this recipe)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in a jar with an airtight lid.  Add 2 tsp (or more to taste) per cup for hot tea.

Sophie already put her order in for a jar – its sitting here waiting for you….





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