A Homestead Favorite: Russian Tea

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A few years ago, our nephew, who was staying with us, was visiting his family in Iowa. Upon his return from Iowa, he brought back a care package from his parents. In his package, there was a jar of Russian tea.  He told Travis and I that this was his favorite drink in the winter months. Travis tried some and was automatically hooked. Travis asked his sister in-law for the recipe so that we could make it for our enjoyment. From that day forward, we keep a jar of Russian tea in our drink mix cabinet. Russian tea is good source of Vitamin C and is often enjoyed on a cold day when you want something hot to drink but not in the mood for coffee or hot cocoa.

Below is the recipe for this delicious drink. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Feel free to vary the ingredients to your preferences, less sugar or use sugar free ingredients for diabetic friendly batches.

Russian Tea

  • 2 cups orange breakfast drink mix
  • 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
  • 1/3 cup sweetened lemonade drink mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Transfer to an air tight mason jar.

To serve, put 1 tablespoon into an 8 ounce coffee cup and add hot water, or for an iced serving place 1 tablespoon in about 4 ounces of hot water int a tall glass and stir until dissolved then add cold water and drop in several ice cubes.

We enjoy this during the cold months and is great served hot or cold. We enjoy this in the summer months as well served over ice, and it is very refreshing. Because this contains cinnamon and clove it does help with our allergies, but that could be coincidence.

We have put together this mix in several mason jars and decorated with a bow and given away as holiday gifts, and house warming gifts.

Use your imagination and share with your friends and family.

Cheryl Blatnik

Cheryl is energetic,motivated,hard working, determined and loves a good challenge. She enjoys gardening, loves animals, and learning new things. Her goal is to become more self sufficient and a better homesteader. She would like to get back to the basics with cooking, homemaking, and food preservation. Cheryl additionally holds several degrees and enjoys her career within the medical community and working in Accounting. She is successfully raising a teenager of her own and 2 other teenage children. Her life long goal is to live in the country completely off-grid on a productive homestead away from goverment bureaucracy.

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