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Aunt Dorothy’s Russian Tea

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Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


14 servings (1 cup each)

When I was growing up I always looked forward to the Russian Tea that my Aunt Dorothy made every Christmas Eve. As soon as the weather turned chilly, I would start longing for a hot, steamy cup. It wasn't unitl I was away at college that I finally thought to ask her for the recipe! I place the whole cloves into a tea ball strainer so they're easy to remove when the tea is ready. If you don't have a tea ball, you can place the cloves in cheesecloth as directed. —Sharon Flenniken, Charlotte, North Carolina
Aunt Dorothy's Russian Tea Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)
  • 12 cups water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Place cloves and cinnamon stick on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with string. Place in a 6-qt. stockpot.
  2. Add water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, covered, 5 minutes according to taste. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar, orange juice and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Discard spice bag and tea bags. Stir juice mixture into tea. Serve immediately.

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