Russian Tea a Mid-Century Favorite

This surprising and not Russian recipe gained popularity in church cookbooks! This version was in Grandma R’s recipe box from an unknown woman named Myrthis. I will have to check with my Father in Law to see if he knows anything about her.

Vintage recipe card with the handwritten recipe for Russian Tea.

This sweet spiced tea is found in many (if not most) church or community cookbooks, especially if you live in the south. I’m a Midwest girl and have actually not yet tried this recipe!! If this is something you have made or if you try this recipe I’d love to hear from you! Tell me all about it in the comments or check out my Vintage Recipe Test & Share Facebook group. In the group I share recipes as I post them here, ones I find that I haven’t been tried, and others as I sort through my collection, I hope you will join us! It is the best way to get these vintage recipes tested and ready to share! It takes a community.

Southern Living has a wonderful article on the history of Russian Tea. I highly recommend you checking it out for a fun history lesson!

How to Make and serving suggestions

This is a super simple recipe! Just combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. You could easily make this and then put in small jars to give as gifts. Even the small 4 oz. jars would hold several servings of the Russian Tea mix. Top it with a square of fabric and you are all set for a perfect old fashioned gift.

This easy tea mix can be served either cold over ice for a refreshing summer time treat or served hot for a cozy winter beverage.

To serve hot mix 2 full teaspoons of mix in 1 Cup of hot water.

For iced tea use 3 teaspoons of mix with 1 Cup of cold water and serve over ice.

This should make approximately 77 servings of hot Russian Tea. The nutrition information in the recipe card is for using 2 teaspoons in one cup of hot water.

Russian Tea Mix

  • Servings: 77
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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An old fashioned favorite served hot or cold.

Store in a large air tight container or package in smaller ones for sharing.



  • 2 Cups Tang
  • 3/4 Cup Instant Tea
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves


  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Store in an air tight container.
  3. To serve hot mix 2 full teaspoons of mix in 1 Cup of hot water. For iced tea use 3 teaspoons of mix with 1 Cup of cold water and serve over ice.


Per Serving: 6 calories; 0 g fat; 11.82 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; .83 mg sodium.

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