Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Raffaele Imperiale - Russian Tea Recipes

Raffaele Imperiale - Russian Tea Recipes

Explore the joys of our favorite Russian Tea Recipes!

It is midwinter at the writing of this page, and my wife and I are bearing the cold by sipping (guzzling) cups of our favorite Russian Friendship Tea.  We make our Russian Tea into a mix, give some as gifts, but mostly enjoy it frequently together.  It is easy to mix and makes an excellent gift(s).  I thought it would be good to share our choice Russian tea recipes with you.  We will also have many other resources which I feel might be helpful to those tea addicts like ourselves.  Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share and let us know about your love for tea!


  • 1 ounce Sugar Free OrangeTang Mix (Enough mix to make 3 quarts of orange drink)
  • 3/4 cups Lipton's Instant Tea with Lemon
  • 36 packs of Splenda Sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Stir in one rounded teaspoon (or more) of Russian Tea Mix per cup of hot water. ENJOY

Russian Tea: A glimpse of history and tradition

Most of the Russian Tea Recipes which you find in cookbooks and on the Internet have evolved over time from a history of tea preparations in Russia.  These are basically instant tea mixtures, which may have (or may not) originated from Russia, but with the more popular addition of tang, an orange drink from the 1960's.

A Brief  Look At The Russian Tea Ceremony
Of course, the original Russian tea recipes used brewed teas, herbs, juices, etc for a spicy, zesty tea.

Russia was slow to get on the tea binge, considering it is a European country. Tea was introduced to Russia from China in the early 17th century. Before this the Russians enjoyed an herball tea called Sbiten, a brew of herbs, honey and of course water.

Today in Russia, tea is the most consumed non-alcoholic drink. The Russians have made the tea ceremony an integral part of their social culture.  They use a special tea pot called a Samovar.

Russian culture and this Tea Ceremony with the Samovar evolved into a very elaborate elitist celebration.  Today, tea drinking is  a more informal ceremony, known to promote family and social gatherings, where you can relax and talk about everything and anything.

The samovar is unique because it allows you to preserve both your tea and water hot at the same time. This interesting device, with its large container and chimney, could keep water and tea temperature constant  at the same time.

The Samovar has a small tap on its outer wall that when opened, allows hot water to be added to the concentrated mixture so as to dilute it. Everyone can have the strength of tea they desire.

The resultant atmosphere, the smell that emanates from this tea,  and even the color of the mixture cascading from this magnificent container give an ambient pleasure making Russian tea time special.

Sweetening your tea is also an experience for kings.  Some have been known to put a sugar cube under the tongue or to the side of the mouth as they sip.  Most will add sugar, lemon, honey, or even, fruit or jam to the tea.

The Russian Tea in this web site is an instant mix with several different recipes.  If you search the web, you will note all these genre of recipes as very similar, and yet very different.  Variants of these recipes can be found under the names "Russian Tea", "Russian Friendship Tea", or "Sputnik Tea."  The mixtures have evolved much from the ancient ways, but they do emulate some of the similar tastes.  These mixes are easily hand made from scratch and make excellent gifts.  I will include one brewed recipe which will remind you a little of how it used to be.  If you want to get  even more with the ancient customs, buy you a Samovar, invite some friends over, and celebrate with a Russian Tea Cermony.

How I Make Friendship Russian Tea with Honey - Honey Russian Tea

  • Honey: mildness/strength/amount by your preference to taste
  • 3/4 cup Lipton Instant Tea with lemon
  • 18 oz Tang Mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Mix all  Dry IngredientsPour Mixture Into an Airtight Container For StorageBring water to boilAdd up to 1 teaspoon of honey (amount dictated by your preference).Stir till honey melts.Stir in over rounded teaspoon of dry mix.(amount dictated by your preference).Enjoy .

A traditional samovar and Russian Tea

The Russian Tea Room Ceremony

A traditional samovar consists of a large metal container with a faucet near the bottom and a metal pipe running vertically through the middle. Samovars are typically crafted out of copper, brass, bronze, silver, gold, tin or nickel. The pipe is filled with solid fuel to heat the water in the surrounding container. A small (6 to 8 inches) smoke-stack is put on the top to ensure draft. After the fire is off a teapot could be placed on top to be kept heated with the passing hot air. The teapot is used to brew the zavarka, a strong concentrate of tea. The tea is served by diluting this concentrate with  kipyatok (boiled water) from the main container, usually at a ratio of about 10 parts water to one part tea concentrate, although tastes vary.  It is particularly well-suited to tea-drinking in a communal setting over a protracted period. The Russian expression "to have a sit by samovar" means to have a leisurely talk while drinking tea from samovar.

Original Source: http://wbisbilllm.hubpages.com/hub/russian-tea

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