Have you ever tried Russian tea? It’s the perfect drink to warm us up during these cold winters. Traditionally, Russian tea is made with instant tea, orange juice, lemonade and sugar. The only problem I have with the traditional recipe is the instant tea. Personally, I’m not a fan of it and I prefer freshly brewed tea. Below you will find how to make this popular drink with freshly brewed tea instead of instant tea, all with one simple trick.

Why shouldn’t I use instant tea?

Plain and simply, instant tea is bad; It doesn’t taste as good, there are no antioxidants and chemicals could be added in the manufacturing process. With freshly brewed tea, you get more of a full-bodied taste that doesn’t compare to instant tea. It’s my opinion that if you’re going to drink tea, then do it the right way.

The simple trick to this recipe is to use loose-leaf Assam black tea instead of instant tea. Any black tea will work but Assam is preferred because of its bold flavor. After the tea is bagged and ready for steeping, prepare the orange juice. Normally, I’d prefer freshly squeezed orange juice but not in this recipe. Believe it or not, the best thing to use is Tang. Trust me.

The next step is to freshly squeeze two lemons, don’t forget to remove the seeds! Once the lemons have been squeezed, set the juice aside.

Brew the tea and steep for 3-5 minutes.

After the tea has been brewed, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the Tang. Taste and add sugar if desired.

Russian Tea Recipe

This recipe is for one 12-ounce cup of Russian Tea


  • 1 bag of loose leaf Assam tea
  • 1 spoonful of Tang
  • 3 lemons
  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Freshly squeeze 3 lemons, set aside
  2. Brew loose leaf Assam tea bag and steep for 3-5 minutes
  3. Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into tea
  4. Add a spoonful of Tang to the tea and lemon juice and stir
  5. Add sugar (optional)

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