I've never had Russian Tea before, and now that I'm sipping on a cup of it, I think it's a very lovely tea. The only change I made was to use Lemon Zinger herbal tea bags and omitted the lemon juice. The kitchen still smells like spices.
This brings back childhood memories of a similar recipe my Mom used to make during the winter. (Don't tell, but I think she used Tang instead of OJ). I used decaf tea because it is what I had on hand, and Splenda to cut back on calories, but other than that I followed the recipe to a "tea" :) What a great way to relive a time when life was simpler. Thanks for posting!
Thanks for posting this! Some 20 or so years ago, I had this recipe...at least it seems to be the same. Tried it tonight, and it's excellent. During the day, I'll be done with black tea, but at night, sorry, but decaf rules. Looking forward to this during some cold winter days that ain't far away!
I made the following changes: (1) cut the water by 1/3; (2) used Splenda instead of sugar. At this strength I found the tea flavorful indeed, a satisfying warm-me-up on an unseasonably chilly July evening.
I reccomend that you make this drink in advance and reheat it. I made it, took the pix and sampled. To be blunt the taste was a let down, even with the juices and spice I found it very flat ( I used Tetleys tea). After tasteing I left the cup on the counter and went off to do some things. I came back into the kitchen about an hour later and thought...well, I'm not going to toss it out. I rewarmed it in the micro and the drink had come alive while I was gone. The flavor had developed and the spice imparted it's goodness. I truly enjoyed the cup that was lackluster when first made.I well may have rushed it and not allowed the full steeping time.