From-Scratch Russian Tea Recipe

In the winter, hot tea is the preferred beverage, but iced tea is also enjoyed. Chef Michelle McGlinn's homemade Russian tea recipe goes beyond your regular cup of tea. Flavor comes from fresh orange juice, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and just enough sugar on top of black tea.

4 cups water 2 oranges, juiced and zested 1 lemon, sliced into rounds 1 large cinnamon stick 1 teaspoon whole cloves ¼ cup sugar, plus more to taste 4 black tea bags



In a small saucepan, combine the following ingredients: water, orange juice and zest, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar. 

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Bring the mixture to a boil and whisk it until the sugar is completely dissolved. Take the pot off the heat and add the tea bags to it. 

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For a period of five minutes, steep. Tea bags should be removed, and the fruit and spices should be strained out. 

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Sugar should be added to taste, and the dish should be served warm.

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