Russian Tea

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  1. Regionrat45

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    I didnt see this elsewhere on here... if it is, sorry.
    A blast from the past.
    I remember making this with Tang as a kid. Probably in scouts.

    My twist... Sugar free. And I would'nt have know if it was not for the fact that I made it.

    Gonna be a stable in my kit.

    Tasty...

    1 jar of Lipton Diet instant tea w/ lemon (3oz jar that makes 10 quarts)
    2 packages of Crystal light classic orange (the ones that make 2 quarts-NOT the individual size ones)
    1 tbsp + 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
    2 tsp of ground cloves

    Mix 1 to 1.5 tsp (depending on how you like it) per cup of hot water.

    ENJOY
     
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    never heard of such a thing.... but i am a tea fanatic and have been meaning to make a leather pouch for loose tea (green, green jasmine, red, maté, etc.) and a tea ball (though i already own about 4) to take with me on hikes. Plus the added benefit of using wild harvested materials without small bits getting in your tea, which isn't all that bad, just a bit annoying.
     
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    Sound interesting, I use diet drinks .
     
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    that brings back memories, thanks for the post!!!:dblthumb:
     
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    My brother, sister and I decided, since Russia isn't known for tang, we renamed it astronaut tea. I like the recipe. I'll have to share with my mom as my dad is diabetic
     
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    what is this nonsense? I first heard this tea recipe)))) this recipe is similar to what that Chinese tea blend. In Russia, a classic drink black tea, sometimes add lemon or honey.
     
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    After reading this thread, I told the wife about it. Here is what we came up with:

    2 cups Tang
    1/2 cup Lipton tea mix with lemon
    1 tsp nutmeg
    1 tsp cinnamon

    I don't normally drink hot liquids so I tried it cold. Not bad. My wife suggested I try it hot. Wow, those flavors popped!! Thanks for the idea! :dblthumb:
     
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    Grew up drinking stuff like that.

    Try instant coffee and tang with spices of choice for something different.

    Also hot chocolate and tang.

    The citrus is the key.

    guess one could mix tea and orange and lemon zest in a tea ball and make a decent version that way.

    Add mullen and /or purple top clover flowers for help keeping sinus etc open and with breathing if one has stuff like cold, flu, broncitus etc.

    (Note since flu season on us. burning purple top clover and breathing the smoke opens up lungs and helps with congestion, mullen also but better as a tea )

    Thanks for bring up the idea, gonna go hit the kitchen and see what I can combine up.
     
  9. Regionrat45

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    Yeah, it pretty much has nothing to do w/ Russia at all. I have no idea why it is even called that.
    Regardless, I like it.
    As I googled it, as expected similar recipes, some different names and no explanation.
    And this whole time I just thought Russians liked tasty warm beverages!!! :p
     
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    Why isn't there any Vodka in this Russian refreshment? :4:
     
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    I remember drinking it. Must have been mid '70's


    It has nothing to do with Russia at all other than it sounds exotic. Just like Canadian bacon has nothing to do with Canada. Just makes it sound special.
     
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    I live in a community that is as Russian as you can get for being in the US of A. This was the capitol of of Russian America before the US purchased Alaska. There are still a great many Russian names in the phone book here. I teach spoon carving in a log building that was built by the Russians in 1805. For some reason something similar to the above recipe is served here every holiday season, including Russian Christmas which is celebrated here on Jan 7. Every year at holiday time folks break out their precious Russian samovars (very old tea makers) and fill them with the above concoction. I have a close friend who does a lot of museum research in Russia, and he tells me that on holidays they serve something that tastes much the same, but he doesn't know what's in it. -- Otherwise, as stated above, modern Russians tend to like really strong black tea. There is definitely some sort of connection between old Russian tradition and the recipe. I know it's nothing profound, just interesting. Jim
     
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    Thanks for the reminder! and yes, it must be a 70's thing. My mother used to make it during the winter when I was a kid. I think it's time to whip up a a batch!
     
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    I seem to remember something called "Russian tea" but never had it. Now hot lemonade is something I did have as a scout. IIRC that was just a can of frozen concentrated lemonade made according to instuctions on the can and heated up over the fire.

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    Thanks for the clarification.
     

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