For a little while earlier this year I was doing a recipe of the day on my blog where I would highlight some ingredient that was currently in my kitchen and post that recipe. Well, I’ve been inspired to do that again. Last week, after the Holiday Cooking Blogger Style recipe sharing meme by Overwhelmed with Joy I tried Overwhelmed’s recipe for Fireside Coffee (it was VERY VERY good, but had too much nutmeg in it for me, so I will be cutting that back to just a pinch next time) and wanted to make another recipe from my childhood. My mom used to make Russian Tea Mix every year for the winter months. I LOVED the stuff with and without the instant tea mix. SO, I got out the book that my mom used to use for the mix and used that recipe and it was very good, but again, it had a little too much nutmeg, so I’ll be adjusting that next time as well. But here’s the recipe (as I’ll make it next time with the reduced nutmeg)…..this makes a GREAT gift for the holidays if you put it in a pretty jar.
Russian Tea Mix
1/2 cup instant tea mix (plain, unsweetened)
1 cup Tang powder
1 package unsweetened lemonade Kool-aid
1/2 cup sugar (you can add more to taste if you want it sweeter)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a medium bowl mix together all ingredients and place in a tightly sealing jar.
To make the tea, spoon 3 rounded spoonfuls into a mug and pour very hot water over and mix well. If you are serving this for a party or something, it would be beautiful to garnish each cup or mug with a thin slice of organic orange with the skin.
I haven’t made this in a while but I always loved it!