Easy Russian Tea Mix Recipe – Great For Cold Winter Nights!

Russian Tea Mix

My family has a tradition of going to the Festival of Lights every winter. Though we all love the lights, the highlight of the event is definitely the bonfire. We all roast marshmallows and drink Russian Tea. My husband adores Russian Tea, so we decided to make some for ourselves from a family recipe. This recipe is for instant mix. You just make a bunch and put it in an air-tight container and drink it a cup at a time, as you like. This way, everyone can make their cup to their taste preference.

How To Make Russian Tea Mix

You will need…

1 (1 lb. 2 oz.) jar Tang {be careful, we could only find it in 1lb. 4 oz. containers recently}

3/4 cup instant tea with lemon

1 1/2 cups sugar {or add more – according to taste}

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Note: We doubled this recipe for the container shown.

Add all of the ingredients to your air-tight container, one at a time.

We picked this container up at Walmart for around $7. When the handle is up, it is not sealed.

When the handle is down, it is vacuum sealed.

Now, shake up the ingredients until mixed thoroughly.

Russian Tea is great with anything pumpkin flavored!

Russian tea is great with anything pumpkin flavored. We picked up this pumpkin roll at Walmart for $5.88. Add 1-4 tsps of Russian Tea Mix to your favorite mug filled with boiling water. The Keurig works great for this. We just run some water through it, add our Russian Tea mix and enjoy!

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. Betsy Rubendall Barnes says:

    My mom used to make a similar Russian tea mix, but we drank it as iced tea and I loved it :)

  2. The tea sounds pretty good.The pumpkin roll, french fries, all the food! I’m getting hungry!!!

  3. OMG! I am sorry but my sweet tooth is only thinking about the pumpkin roll! I need to try it! It looks so good, I will be stopping at Walmart today, hope they have it :)

  4. What a great idea! I love a hot spiced tea but never realized how easy it would be to make it up ahead of time! yum!

  5. I’ve never heard of Russian tea. That pumpkin roll looks good!

  6. it looks good. And it has tang in it, so it has to be good. We use a LOT of tang.

    and yes that pumpkin roll looks even yummier

  7. Looks like a perfect fall desert!

  8. We aren’t tea drinkers, but I love your wonderful family tradition. It’s so nice to have something your family can do together. That pumpkin roll looks delicious too!

  9. This sounds interesting. I’m not sure if we would like it but it’s worth a shot! It sounds easy enough!

    • It is really easy. I am not sure that I had heard of it before I met my husband but he LOVES it!


  10. I love Russian Tea. One thing that we did different was to not add spices but use Red Hot candies instead! They melt in the hot water and give the drink a delicious cinnamon taste! If memory serves me right, my mom would put in about 3/4 cup to the mixture. She always made a ton and gave it away.

  11. This sounds yummy! I think I need to make a batch so we can have it after our annual “drive-around-to-see-all-the-Christmas-lights” … thanks for sharing!

  12. Naomi Osborn says:

    I’d never even heard of Russian tea – I gotta hunt this down.

  13. Love Russian tea – it makes you feel warm and cozy.

  14. Never had Russian Tea, but the pumpkin roll looks so good that I almost licked the screen!

  15. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I’ve never heard of Russian Tea before. It looks pretty neat though. But I have heard of pumpkin roll and dang I love me some pumpkin roll! One of my favorite things about fall!

  16. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never heard of this Russian tea mix. so now I am curious about how it will taste. Thanks for the recipe

  17. I’ve never heard of this. I love family traditions.

  18. Sandy Cain says:

    The tea sounds great….but it’s that pumpkin roll that has me breathing heavily! Yeah!

  19. I’ve never heard of Russian tea, but it sounds really good, perfect for the holidays. I drink hot tea all the time and I’m going to try this. I have all the ingredients but Tang, so I’ll look for some on my next grocery tip.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I don’t remember ever trying this until my husband introduced it to me. It is so good, though. You must try it!

  20. Sherry Compton says:

    The pumpkin roll looks delicious. I bet the tea goes great with it. I never would have thought about tang in tea but I like the idea of an orangey cinnamon ginger mix. Drink up!

  21. Judy Gregory says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I’ve had this various places but, never had the recipe. I love it.

  22. laurie nykaza says:

    I had never seen this recipe before for this tea. Will have to try it love the pumpkin roll too.

  23. sherry butcher says:

    I have never seen a Russian Tea Mix Recipe before. I think I would start with about 1/4 of this to try and share to see if I could use it without the sugar. Thanks

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I am sure that you could substitute Splenda or Truvia or something, too, if you prefer.

  24. Sounds really interesting. I don’t think I have every tried Russian Tea before I will have to see if I can find ingredients for a single serving so I can give it a try.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      My husband loves it. I wasn’t sure that I ever heard of it before I met him but I have to admit that it is pretty good. :)

  25. Interesting. I love tea. Not sure about Tang and tea…but hey, sounds like a lot of people like it, so who I am I to questoin it ;) the pumpkin cake roll looks fabulous.

  26. Definitely going to try this.


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