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….