I grew up drinking this tea at my grandmother's house. I now fix it at my house on really cold days, when I am sick (lots of vitamin C!), and at Christmas. It is perfect to let simmer on the stove to make the house smell good and to serve to guests. I have no idea why its called 'Russian' tea; that is just what my grandmother always called it. Use any tea you like. I've used regular black tea, decaf, and cinnamon spice, and it's all great. If using spiced tea, you may want to adjust the amount of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. This is also great reheated!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Steep tea bags in boiling water until the tea is of desired strength, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.

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  • Combine 1 1/2 quarts water, cloves, and cinnamon together in a large pot; bring to a boil. Stir brewed tea, pineapple juice, sugar, orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate, and allspice into the boiling water to dissolve the sugar. Serve immediately or reduce heat to low and keep at a simmer until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

143.1 calories; 0.6 g protein; 36.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 9.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2013
Made this. Used Trader Joe's White Pomegranate tea, it gave it a lovely red color. Followed the recipe exactly except that I did not have a family sized tea bag so I just used four single-serve tea bags per family bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2013
Made this. Used Trader Joe's White Pomegranate tea, it gave it a lovely red color. Followed the recipe exactly except that I did not have a family sized tea bag so I just used four single-serve tea bags per family bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2013
Made this. Used Trader Joe's White Pomegranate tea, it gave it a lovely red color. Followed the recipe exactly except that I did not have a family sized tea bag so I just used four single-serve tea bags per family bag. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2015
I am absolutely in love with this recipe. I got this recipe two days ago and I am already on my third batch. My husband and I love it so much! One thing that I think should be tweaked is the amount of sugar. I found that it was tasty without that whole cup of sugar!:) Feel free to add some additional cloves or cinnamon to give it some extra spiciness! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2016
I had a different version (Tang) of this tea years ago and it was delicious. I had a few ingredients left after the holiday so I decided to try this version. Typically I like to make new recipes as written but it is altered as I use what I had on hand. I had a lot of instant green teas on hand so I used three different types: 4 Tazo green ginger tea 4 Bigalow green tea with lemon and 2 Lipton Mandarin orange green tea. I used 12 ounces of orange juice concentrate and omitted the lemonade concentrate. I did not have cinnamon sticks so I used ground cinnamon. I used a half a cup of sugar instead of one cup and still found it to be very sweet. I actually liked how it tastes prior to adding the sugar. I also added extra cloves allspice and cinnamon because I really love those flavors together.:). I garnished with a bit of lemon slice. This was very tasty it did not have the tart taste as I remembered from the Tang version but I found this version more "fresh" in a sense. I loved it! It filled up 3 mason jars (gifts for family) after it cooled and I had a bit left over to pour into my blueberry lemonade in the fridge! yum! I would surely make this again using 1/4 c of sugar or none at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2015
Loved it! I always squeeze fresh orange and lemon in my tea but the addition of the cloves and Allspice really added a lot to this tea. I'll be making this one again and again. Thank you Grandma! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
Fixed this last night. Is great! One question. Is it supposed to be 1 1/2 cups of water or 1 1/2 quarts of water? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2017
Excellent for the holidays! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2020
I found this recipe when I had a cold and wanted something with juice and spices and I loved it! I made it again when I was having a cookie decorating party. And I ve made it twice since. The only changes I made were using ground cloves since I didn t have whole cloves and using a half a cup of sugar instead of a whole cup of sugar.?? I cook it in the instant pot on slow cooker to keep it warm because I like it best after the spices have had time to meld with the juice flavors. Thanks for sharing it! It is super Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
It is wonderful. I used 3 family tea bags and 2 single green tea bags and 1 3/4 sugar. It was perfect! Will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2019
It s so much like the recipe I fell in love with as a teen. I used 1cup lemon flavored ice tea instead of part plain tea. After I tasted a cup the cloves were overpowering (it was a new bottle and pungent). So I added 1 extra teaspoon cinnamon and almost 50% more lemon tea sugar and Tang. It s sooo good! Read More