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Instant Russian Tea

 nstant Russian Tea with Tang

Slightly sweet smell of an evergreen tree.

Christmas tree lights twinkling.

Strains of beautiful music from Point of Grace A Christmas Story Cd. 

There is one day that stands out in all our family traditions and that is Thanksgiving Day.

From our family meal of turkey and all the fixin’s to hunting down the perfect tree at the Christmas tree lot, this day is one to cherish for all of us.

Instant Russian Tea is a tasty part of this tradition as well. This hot beverage is one our  family enjoys on Thanksgiving night as we decorate the Christmas tree,  

After this treasured family tradition we then reflect on our many blessings of the past year.

We love to drink the tea all winter but the first batch gets made just before Thanksgiving.

It is delicious served to a group or enjoyed alone while quietly sitting by a beautifully lit Christmas tree in the evening. (Or for me, while looking at our Christmas village.)

Note of caution: Do not try and use whole cloves to save money by crushing them yourselves. Picking bits of cloves out of your tea is not fun. Not that I would know about that.

What is your favorite family Thanksgiving tradition?

4.7 from 3 reviews
Hot Russian Tea
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 lb. jar instant orange drink (Tang)
  • 1 pkg. unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid
  • ¾ cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in tightly closed container.
  2. Add to hot water as many teaspoons as desired to taste.
I used sweetened instant tea and cut back on the amount of sugar added to compensate. I also used 4 single instant lemonade packets instead of kool-aid.


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  1. Thanks, Marty. I had this recipe (or a similar one made with Tang) about 25 years ago and loved giving it as a gift in a glass jar. But I lost it many years ago. Thanks for helping me “find” it. Bless you, Gail

    • Hi, Gail. Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings. I’m glad you found the Russian Tea Recipe. It is a big tradition at our house! Hope you are having a blessed holiday season.

  2. My mom used to make this when we were growing up. Thanks for sharing. I think I’ll make this for my kids this week.

    • Hi, Jenny! Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings! I’m glad you enjoyed the Instant Russian Tea recipe and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

  3. I am glad you posted this! My best friend served me some of this years ago, and I could never remember what it was called! I knew it had tang in it! Thank you so much for posting this recipe! YAY!

  4. I love this – we drank it during the holidays when I was a kid. I’d love for you to share this at Tuesday’s Table for the Holidays –

  5. This looks great. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! I would love for you to visit me and see the centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  6. This sounds wonderful. Do you prepare it like you would packets of hot chocolate? How much do you recommend adding to a mug of hot water? Thanks for sharing! Linda

    • Hey, Lisa! I couldn’t remember whether I sent you a message on my Russian Tea but I wanted to let you know you really just use enough for your taste. Heat some hot water (microwave is fine) and add the mix and you’re done! Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings.

  7. This sounds super delicious!

  8. I remember making this many, many years ago. It was so good! I’m definitely going to make it this year! So glad you shared it!

  9. Oh yum, this sounds good! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  10. This is similar to a tea recipe from my grandmother… and I love having this every winter. Thanks for bringing up great memories! And thank you for linking up at I Gotta Create!

    <3 Christina

  11. That looks so good, Marty!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  12. Yum!! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  13. This used to be my favorite cold weather drink and I haven’t seen the recipe in years. I’m looking forward to making it again. I know it will bring back lots of good memories.

  14. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  15. Ah, an old favorite! Long ago lost the recipe for this – glad to have found it! :)

  16. Where does this recipe come from, and why is it called Russian Tea? Like many of your other readers, we still drink this today and enjoyed it all through my childhood. As kids though, I guess “Russian” was too hard to say, so we called it Tang Tea as much as we called it Russian Tea.

  17. I too have had this years ago. My church choir always had it on hand before a performance. It is great for the throat and sinuses. Ai love it. Unfortunetly due to moves and time I had lost the recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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