Russian Tea for a Rainy Day

It’s another rainy day here in Cary, NC.   Time for some Russian tea.  I make it every fall and winter for days just like today.   It’s an instant mood booster.  Even the house feels better as the aroma of cinnamon and cloves permeate the rooms.

I didn’t know about Russian tea until my dear friend and old neighbor, Kristin,  brought me a cup when I lived in New Jersey.   It was the best tea I’d ever had.  I’ve been sharing the recipe ever since.

Here’s the recipe I jotted down years ago as I sipped it with Kristin.

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The Steps

  • Pour 12 cups of water into a large pot over medium high heat.
  • Add one cup of sugar, two cinnamon STICKS  (haha…I wrote cloves on the recipe), 8 cloves.
  • Depending upon the kind of tea you use will determine the number of tea bags.  For stronger tea, like Tazo‘s “Awake”, I only use 4 tea bags.  You can use plain ole generic tea, too.  Just toss in 6 tea bags.
  • Squeeze two lemons or pour equivalent of two lemons into the pot.
  • Add about two cups of Orange Juice.  You can also use half a container of frozen OJ.
  • Stir everything together.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Skim off foam.
  • Reduce temperature to low and let simmer as long as you like.

RussianTea.JPGAdd more water throughout the day if you leave the tea bags in for a while.  I usually take them out right before I pour any remaining tea into a pitcher for refrigeration.

I’m not sure how great it is at helping a cold, but it has a bunch of vitamin C in it and I swear it makes me feel better. It’s a great drink to serve for book clubs and other small gatherings.  My children really enjoy it, too!

Serve it up with some shortbread.

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I’ll post this super easy recipe later!

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