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Russian Tea for the Group…

How about a Russian tea recipe that I have had for years and years. My grandma use to make this tea and she would say that it had healing properties. It was good for a large get together and would keep the cold bugs at bay… :)

I am not sure about how good it worked at keeping the cold bugs at bay but I do know that it was a favorite on a cold Winter night and I remember that a shot of whiskey made grandpa happier when he got his cup of tea…


1 1/2 cups sugar
Rind of 1 orange
5 cups water
8 whole cloves
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 4 oranges
1 1/2 tablespoons (black or green – according to your beliefs) tea
8 cups boiling water


1. Boil together in a sauce pan for 3 to 4 minutes, the sugar, 8 cloves, one orange rind, and the 5 cups of water… (Makes syrup!)

2. Strain and lets cool the liquid…

3. Place the tea leaves in an enamel or ceramic tea pot and pour over them the 8 cups of freshly boiled water…

4. Steep or let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Then Strain the tea leaves out of the liquid… (Use tea bags and forget the straining!)

5. Pour hot tea back into a cleaned tea pot and add the syrup (from step number 1) and fruit juices. Keep hot until ready to serve…

6. Put tea kettle back on stove at a very low temperature. Do not boil anything at this point. Boiling will ruin the flavor…

7. Serves 20 to 25 small cups of delicious tea…

This tea makes a great hot toddy if you add a shot of whiskey for the adults and the children love the flavor of the tea as it is. It will warm all those souls that are visiting for the Holidays…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

PS: I do not know how Russian this is, but we called it Russian tea and always enjoyed it at the holidays after a good day at sledding in the countryside. I added green tea to the list because Russians are very fond of green tea and as Sveta would say, “That is just right!”

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