Russian Tea- 1950's Recipe Very Unique

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

I got this recipe out of a 1950's Cookbook I used fresh lemon and orange juice make sure not to add too much lemon though. You will need to add a 1-4 inch stick of cinnamon to the mixture. I also used water from a brita water flter(I used 6 tea bags from a british blend of black tea you may want to add less or more depending)


  1. Simmer Spices,honey, stick of cinnamon and the 1 cup of water for 10 min, then let stand for 1 hour.( do this is seperate pot.).
  2. Add tea to boiling water in seperate pot let steep.
  3. Add juices and spices when adding spices put in collander over tea.
  4. Stir the mixture and add rind of orange and lemon tea if desired.
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I took the advice of another reviewer (thank you mikekey) and simmered the orange with the spices. Yum! This is a very soothing drink that also made the house smell good too. Thanks for posting. Made for PAC, Fall 2008. [Reply]

QueenBee49444 October 15, 2008

I agree this is MUCH better than those Tang versions. Love the combination of cloves and orange. I used a flavored black tea I get at Market Spice here in Seattle called Cranberry Creme. This is a great tea for those cool Fall and Winter days! Instructions didn't say what to do with the 1/2 orange, so I simmered it with the spices. Made for Fall 2008 PAC.

Outta Here September 26, 2008

This is THE recipe I wanted to find! I love the more modern Russian Tea made with Tang and instant tea, but I hate using that processed powdered stuff. This tastes even better, but still has the same general taste. It is a wonderful tea when you are sick, or having a Christmas party, or just in the mood for something that warms every last bit of you. This is definitely a keeper and a new favorite. Just writing the review makes me want to brew up a pot!

tomatolater July 27, 2008