To make Russian spice tea, combine 2 cups of orange drink mix, 2 cups of white sugar, 1/4 cup of instant tea powder, 3/4 cup of instant lemon tea powder, and 1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cloves. Serve by mixing 3 teaspoons into 1 cup of boiling water.
The AllRecipes.com version makes 100 servings of Russian spice tea at 32 calories per serving. Russian spice tea is a hot citrus tea that is similar to mulled cider. Some variations include instant lemonade powder instead of lemon tea powder.
To make a non-instant version of Russian spice tea, prepare a cheesecloth bag or a tea infuser with 8 tablespoons of loose black tea leaves, 2 tablespoons of whole cloves, 3 tablespoons of fresh zest and 4 whole cinnamon sticks. Steep the spice mixture in 2 quarts of hot boiled water for 10 minutes. Add honey and lemon juice to taste while the drink is still hot and serve immediately. The traditional tea recipe keeps in the refrigerator for up to three days, while the instant recipe keeps in a jar indefinitely.
Spiced tea is a traditional Russian beverage usually served hot around the winter holidays. In the old days, people served Russian spice tea in silver samovars as part of a ritual. In modern days, it is a comfort beverage rather than part of a ritual. It is also known as pryanyĭ chaĭ.