Russian Tea is a Tangy Beverage Hot or Cold

russian_teaWhen I was growing up, my mother drank a lot of Russian tea. She had her own recipe that, over the years, she had tweaked to her liking. I remember the kitchen always having that spicy citrus smell.

Russian tea combines tea, lemonade, orange drink mix, sugar, cinnamon and cloves for a tangy beverage that can be drank hot or iced. It makes a great morning get-you-up-and-moving hot beverage or ice it for an afternoon pick-me-up. Kids like it also.

I mix my own and keep a container of the mix in my camp pantry food tote along with coffee makings, tea, hot cocoa, apple cider, tang and lemonade mix. Here’s the recipe:

1 cup instant tea powder

2 cups powdered orange-flavored drink mix (Tang)

3 ounces powdered lemonade mix

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. The powders have slightly different “weights” so some want to settle near the top and others want to settle near the bottom. Also, you need to mix carefully. With all the powders, it wants to cloud up and before you know it your kitchen will be covered in a fine Russian tea dust. After an initial stirring, I move the mix into a large container and start shaking. I found that holding the container on its side and giving it a rolling shake (like the motion of your clothes dryer) works really well.

Store your mix in an airtight container. This mix will make about 40 servings.

To use, mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix with 1 cup hot or cold water.

This is a great addition to your camp pantry.

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