I first learned about Russian tea while watching an episode of "Bizarre Foods" where Andrew Zimmern was in Alaska. I was intrigued, but promptly forgot about the tea mix. I have NO clue WHY it's called Russian tea, but apparently it's fairly popular even here in the Deep South.
Fast forward many months, and the BF and I have begun drinking hot tea daily; I have never been a regular coffee drinker, and he has simply substituted hot tea for his coffee habit. I typically stick to earl grey and english breakfast, but have always loved my Asian teas such as oolong, green tea and jasmine tea.
Now that the weather is colder (albeit we still have days where the high hits 70 degrees here!) and as Christmas approaches, I decided to make a batch of Russian tea. After finding some basic recipes online, I experimented until I found a combination that I liked best. Simply add hot water, and, if so desired, add honey and your choice of liquor (brandy, cognac, whisky, bourbon, etc) to make an amazing toddy.
This tea mix also makes a perfect gift!
2 cups Tang orange drink mix
3/4 cup instant tea (unsweetened)
3/4 cup instant lemonade mix (I use Country Time)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Keep in an airtight container (I prefer a Mason jar).
To make tea, stir 1-3 Tbsp of mix into a cup of hot water. Enjoy!