Roebuck's Russian Tea

This Russian tea recipe come from the Roebuck family by way of my grandmother. It has been a holiday staple at family gatherings as long as I can remember. This is a recipe in the 'old Southern' tradition, where almost nothing is exact and you just make sure it 'tastes right.' The longer everything simmers, the better the flavor. Serve hot.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
20 cups


  • 1 gallon water

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 16 whole cloves

  • 16 whole allspice berries

  • 4 tea bags

  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice

  • 6 lemons, juiced

  • 4 oranges, juiced


  1. Combine water, sugar, cloves, and allspice berries in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add tea bags; steep for 5 minutes and leave in the pot. Add pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes more. Remove tea bags and spices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
0g Fat
47g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 50mg 249%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 207mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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