every winter i start to crave this russian spiced tea that my mom would make around Christmas time.
i take a sip and i can close my eyes and pretend i am 10 years old again. it is like my own personal time machine. in a cup.it is so easy. and makes a great gift. in fact the raa pto moms made little baggies of the mix for all of the teachers (based on my suggestion. i am so influential.) i usually make a batch of it around thanksgiving and give it to mrs. gardner who hosts my weekly Bible study. not because i am a really nice person but because i like to drink it at Bible study. and all my Bible study ladies (or which i am the youngest by a good decade) remember making the mix back in the 70's. then they can climb into their cup sized time machine and visit the years of polyester pants also.
i made up another batch of it today because i gave the rest of my stash to my dad. he hadn't had any in years. he needed a cuppa time travel...
and maybe you do too. or maybe you just need a cup of yummyness. either way here is the recipe.
i tweaked the original recipe a little bit. here is my version...
lea's spiced russian tea mix
2 cup powdered tang (which is really the whole plastic container. so don't measure.)
1 cup powdered lemonade
2 cups unsweetened instant tea (or the whole glass canister of tea. no need to measure. this isn't a real defined kind of thing.)
1 cup sugar (or less if you like less sweetness)
1 heaping teaspoon ground cloves
2 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
in a large ziploc bag, combine all the ingredients. make sure that bag is sealed and then shake well to mix. pour into storage container. to use, stir 2 tablespoons powder into about 8 ounces of hot water.