Hot Russian Tea

Oh, around the first kid pick up from school this year, I learned that my children…at least some of them were clueless about Tang. How could that be? Astronauts drink it! Kids drink it! I was sure I had served it to them at some point. Maybe I had. I confidently added it to the grocery list. The girl child will drink buckets of Trop-50. Surely Tang will suit. Well, no one liked it when I finally made a pitcher. Not only that…they have artificial sweeteners in it now! (which means I won’t drink it because I have a nasty reaction to one of them so have sworn off all of them) Why do such a thing to my beloved Tang? I tried adding it to a pitcher of sweet tea but the kids grew instantly suspicious and wouldn’t drink it.

I haven’t tried making Hot Russian Tea with it. Who knows how crushed my heart will be to learn they hate it that way too? I mean my best friend Beth Carey and I would hot foot it up to the neighborhood holiday “craft sale” to purchase a 1/4 cup of the mix for 50 cents. I now realize that the neighborhood association cleaned up on our purchases of that and other goofy stuff.

Hot Russian Tea

1 7-oz jar of tang
1 cup Instant tea
1 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
1 tsp cloves, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt

Blend ingredients together well. Use heaping teaspoon of blended ingredients per cup of boiling water. Garnish with slices of lemon.


  1. Gosh, I hope we can still buy regular Tang without artificial sweeteners! My Russian Tea recipe calls for lemonade mix, too. I’m happy to share, but the recipe is at home and I’m not.

  2. This is one of my favorite drinks! Mine uses lemonade, too, and I always knew it as Christmas Tea. It’s especially good with petite fours.

  3. I remember this recipe from when I was a kid. Love it! My recipes also calls for powdered Cherry drink and Lemonade mix. I make it at Christmas for gift baskets.

  4. I can smell this tea just from reading the recipe. It takes me back to avocado colored kitchens and jars of brandied fruit that everyones mom had sitting on the counter.

  5. Recently on some recipe forum someone was asking if anyone had a recipe from her childhood- chicken with some type of sauce that included Tang. I have never seen that recipe and don’ know if I would want to. 🙂

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