Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Instant Russian Tea Mix

The cooler weather makes me want to drink more warm beverages. There's nothing better than a hot cup of (enter favorite drink here) on a chilly day to warm me up. When I was pregnant with my kids, I drank a lot of hot tea. I always start my day with a cup of coffee, but I prefer to mix it up for the rest of the day. I have a couple of old favorite drink recipes I want to share with you along with one new favorite, too.

My mom is a tea drinker. She loathes coffee. She used to make this instant russian tea mix for home. It's really simple and it's a nice change to your herbal or black tea. Russian tea is a citrus, spiced tea. It has a little sweetness to it, but I like the spicy flavor best. Here's the recipe:

1/2 cup instant tea
2 cups instant orange drink (like Tang)
1/2 cup instant lemonade mix (more on this below)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cloves
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

This is super easy. Mix all ingredients. Store in air tight container. Use 2 rounded spoons per cup of hot water.

The instant lemonade mix is variable. If you're using something that has sugar (such as Country Time), 1/2 cup works perfectly. Lots of options are sugar free and use much less. I can remember my mom using Crystal Light, so it's simply one container/package (to make 2 quarts). I used a sugar free lemonade mix pouch in this recipe. Just use whatever the directions state for a 2 quart mix.

This is the first of three posts for hot beverage mixes. Stay tuned for instant hot chocolate (just add water) and chai tea mix. Cheers!


  1. girlfriend what about the saccharine being hazardous and the sugar lets think of a healthy version?? si porfavor.

    1. Thanks for your comment. There's no saccharine in the ingredients in this recipe. The orange drink mix has sugar and fructose (neither are synthetic). The particular lemon drink mix I used does have sucralose, but as I mentioned you can use one that isn't sugar free, too. The other kind I have at home has sugar and fructose as well. A little sugar isn't harmful for most people. If you aren't comfortable with the ingredients in this recipe, by all means, I'd love to see your alternative! My recipes are simply ones that are loved and appreciated in my home and not necessarily for everyone.