Instant Russian Tea

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Instant Russian Tea with Tang - Marty's Musings

The slightly sweet smell of an evergreen tree.

Christmas tree lights twinkling in a dimly lit room.

Strains of beautiful music from Point of Grace A Christmas Story CD

Sound perfect? The one day that stands out in all our family traditions 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 always enjoys on Thanksgiving night as we decorate the Christmas tree.

Instant Russian Tea with Tang recipe - Marty's Musings

We love to drink the tea all winter but the first batch gets made just before Thanksgiving. The first year our oldest daughter got married and was away from home she insisted we wait to all drink Russian Tea together. She didn’t want to miss a moment of our time together!

Instant Russian Tea with Tang - Marty's Musings

This hot beverage 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.)

Instant Russian Tea Recipe with Tang - Marty's Musings

Some readers have asked if Tang is still available. The answer is yes but if you can’t find it at your favorite store you can order it here on Amazon.

Instant Russian Tea with Tang - Marty's Musings

Note of caution: Do not try and use whole cloves to save money by crushing them yourselves (and for those sharp readers, whole cloves are pictured in the ingredients. Please disregard!) Picking bits of cloves out of your tea is not fun. Not that I would know about that. ~eye roll~

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? I’d love if you’d share with me!

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1 lb. jar instant orange drink (Tang)
1 pkg. unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid
3/4 cup unsweetened instant tea
2 cups sugar
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instant Russian Tea
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 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. Yum!! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

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

  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! 🙂

    • Hey, Lisa! I’m glad you found my Russian Tea recipe. It is always a huge hit on our home!
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  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.

  18. Wow this sounds so yummy! I think I have all of the ingredients to make this! I will have to try this! Thank you for sharing!

  19. I’ve made this before and shared a canister with a friend who was ill – he said it got him through the flu! A lovely addition to Throwback Thursday!

  20. Oh its interesting! How is it Russian though?

  21. sandra Loving says:

    Mom and I made this Russian Tea for years…we used Lipton Instant Ice Tea mix with lemon instead of the packets or koolaid…..not sure if lipton makes that instant tea with lemon anymore…as this was back in the late 60’s and 70’s

    • Hi, Sandra. We use generic instant iced tea with lemon as well when we can find it. Not sure if Lipton makes it anymore either. I’m sure you have great memories from those years as do I!

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