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    Todd's Russian Tea

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    10 mins

    35 mins

    D. Todd Miller's Note:

    This recipe is based on my mother's Russian Tea recipe. I serve this at every Christmas party I host. I don't know why this beverage is called "Russian Tea." However, many people in rural North Carolina make a version of it around the winter holidays.

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    Serves: 20



    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 1/2-2 cups white sugar
    • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
    • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
    • 15 teaspoons loose tea (or 3 family-size teabags)
    • 5 quarts fresh preferably bottled water


    1. 1
      Place 3 qts of water in a large pot, and add cloves and cinnamon sticks.
    2. 2
      Bring water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove from the heat and place a mesh tea-infusion basket of tea (or 3 teabags) into the pot. Steep tea for only 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      After removing the tea-infusion basket or teabags, add sugar to the pot and stir until it dissolves.
    5. 5
      Add cans of concentrate, plus 2 qts of water.
    6. 6
      Bring the whole mixture up to temperature and serve hot.
    7. 7
      This tea refrigerates well for a few days with the cloves and cinnamon sticks removed. Always serve hot, though.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 13, 2009


      My family has been making this for 30+ years. We use much less sugar so you might want to play around with that to get it how you want it. It makes the house smell wonderful too. Be sure to take the spices out when you are putting away the leftovers, they will make it taste terrible the next day!

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    • on November 30, 2008


      I was wondering what to do with all this Russian Tea! We weren't having a party, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are a ways off. Then I realized that my next door neighbor could use it! We sold them the house next door (an old Victorian next to our Victorian). Today, after spending a year and a half fixing it up, they are having open house, to sell it. What a great event for this wonderful tea. Thanks again, Todd. Made for Fall 2006 PAC. I just had to add that I fell in love with this recipe the first time I made it, and have used it countless times ever since. The most recent time was Menu #23403. All the guests gave it rave reviews. There was none left. I wish I could give it another five stars!

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    Nutritional Facts for Todd's Russian Tea

    Serving Size: 1 (88 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 131.9
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 32.8 g
    Protein 0.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    loose tea

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