Non-Caffeinated Russian "Tea"

Non-caffeinated Friendship tea

Russian Tea also known as Friendship Tea or Orange Spice Tea, is most commonly made by adding instant tea to the recipe. If you are like me and do not drink caffeine or want an option for your family for a warm drink other than Hot Chocolate and are trying to avoid caffeine this recipe is for you.

I also like to give it as a gift to a sick friend or co-worker. It is soothing and also without the caffeine will help them relax and rest.

This recipe will make enough Russian "Tea"  to give one to a friend and to keep one for yourself!

Non-Caffeinated Russian "Tea"


1 16-18 oz. Container of powdered orange drink mix (Tang)
1/2 cup presweetened powdered lemonade mix
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix Well.

Pour approx. half of the the mixture, back into the empty tang container and remainder in an airtight container or ziplock baggie:
this is a double batch

Remove label from tang container and attach a cute handmade label.with the following instructions:
Mix 2-3 teaspoons Russian "Tea" with one cup hot water.

 Before I could even finish the project, my daughter took one bag from the picture above, put it in a cute Chinese food take out style container and gave it away as a Christmas gift, and my  son & daughter- in- law took the other with them on a ski vacation. So that left me with the remaining two containers to label. (I sent both containers along with the both kids back to college with them so I still need to make a batch for me!)




  1. Anonymous1/02/2012

    how much tea

  2. Dear Anonymous, I'm not exactly sure what your asking, as my recipe does not call for any instant tea. That is why I put it in quotation marks as a "tea" recipe. It's more of a hot drink. There are recipes that call for approx. 1/4 cup instant tea, but mine above does not. Hope that helps.

  3. This sounds so yummy. I am decaffeinated too. Hugs!

  4. I'm new to your blog, and I'm so glad I saw this! My mom would make this mix and have it around the house all the time. I loved drinking it when I was sick, especially with a sore throat. Very soothing and comforting! I didn't know it was called "Russian Tea," we just called it "hot orange drink" :)

  5. Sounds great,thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  6. That is great. I haven't seen this recipe in a long time! Stop over and link up in my Happy Friday Link up today! It is all about drinks!! Susie http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-friday-link-up-drink.html


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