Mom's Russian Tea

Nothing powdered or instant here. Just pure natural flavors to sip on a cold winter day. Smells great while it's brewing too. Vitamin C never tasted so good!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
10 cups


  • 9 cups water, separated

  • 4 family-size black tea bags (such as Lipton®)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 6 cloves whole cloves, or more to taste

  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large stockpot. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags and return pot to medium heat.

  2. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a separate pot. Add sugar; stir well until dissolved. Pour mixture into the stockpot with the tea. Add pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate, and lemon juice. Stir.

  3. Put cloves in a tea ball and place into the stockpot with the tea-juice mixture. Cook for 10 minutes; do not boil. Turn heat down to very low; let simmer until flavors blend, 15 to 20 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

Feel free to adjust sweetness to your liking. I've not found a substitute like stevia, nectars, etc., that have not changed the overall flavor to where we still like it. This is how our family prefers it.

You can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for the cinnamon sticks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 38mg 188%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* 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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