Growing up, my Mom would make a dry mix for a drink called Russian Tea. The mix contained Tang, lemonade mix, instant tea and sugar. We simply put a few spoonfuls of the mix in a mug and added piping hot water to create a yummy winter drink. I loved it, but at some point I realized that it had to be one of the most unhealthy drinks ever! Preservatives, artificial flavors and massive amounts of sugar reigned!
One afternoon, several years ago, I was chatting with my friend, Kelly, and she mentioned that her Mom has always made Russian Tea also but that it was from scratch! I finally remembered to ask her for the recipe and she kindly shared and then agreed I could share it here. I find that it actually tastes like the Russian Tea that I grew up with, but with the bonus of it being so much better for you! It's so good and everyone that has had it has loved it.
I thought of just typing the recipe out but really, how wonderful is this recipe card? I love that it's obvious that this is a much loved and used recipe. Thank you Kelly for sharing!
A few notes...
*I actually only added 1 cup of sugar and thought it was just great.
*I didn't have a bag to put the cinnamon and cloves in, so I just floated them in the mix and then strained them out before storing.
*It seems to last just fine in the refrigerator after it's made.
*I have no idea why it's called russian tea and I'm not entirely sure if that's politically incorrect!