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December 04, 2012

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Hey ya'll! I grew up way back in a holler in NC, now am living not to far from Russia... they don't drink Russian Tea in Russia :-) well, they do, but it's not our recipe, not by a long shot!

Thanks for the recipe! My Mother used to make a similar one, and I really do like it.And we did do the Tang (I remember it, Miss Cindy) later on. They also sell a mix at that big general store (name_?) in Waynesville.

Hi Tipper! We have enjoyed spiced tea and ciders every winter too! Russian Tea has many spices in common with those found in wassail. Thought that you might like this article on Wassailing. It includes caroling and other traditions of our ancestors at this time of year.
http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/wassailing.htm

Tipper,
Ain't never had no Russian Tea, but it sounds delicious. I do like
regular tea with a slice of lemon.
But to tell you the truth, I think
Folgers would go out of business
if something should happen to me.
I drink my share of coffee!
When my girls was little, we use
to love puttin' up a rooted tree.
Love the smell at Christmas time.
...Ken

It has been a long time since I thought about this tea. I loved drinking it. I will just have to use your recipe and make some this week. Thanks for the recipe!

Miss Cindy,Tang is an instant orange drink and you can still find it. I think that the astronauts took it with them when they went into space.

Thanks Tipper and Miss Cindy for another great BP recipe! We'll have to try some of this Russian Tea real soon. By the way, sure hope you share some pictures of your Christmas trees. They always look great!

Judging from the fuzzy picture you took, I must assume you left out the active ingredient in your recipe. Hope that youngin ain't sipping on that same stuff.

Miss Cindy-We still sell the 20 oz. Tang Orange here where I work. About 50 cases a week. Somebody still drinks it.

Tipper,

My wife makes Russian Tea all the time. It's usually made from dry ingredients. The smell is what gets you.

Also that photo reminds of a Renoir painting with the colors. I just know that there is also a Granny cap in there too.

I've never tasted Russian Tea before. I think I might have to give it a try, it sounds really good. I bet your house looks beautiful with all of the trees. You should post some pictures.

Hi, I've only had the Tang Russian Tea mix, so I can't wait to try some with pineapple. Sounds delish. The story of your daughter and her daddy out with a flashlight looking for the perfect small tree is so precious.

Russian Tea and Christmas!
What a lovely warm feeling,
What a satisfying combination
Of warmth and goodness
Throughout December days!
Friends coming to call,
A hot cup of tea as the tree lights glow;
If anything can improve this scene It's soft-falling snow
That fills forest and hills
And nips the nose.
Cherish traditions, draw them close!
Enjoy the days while family is near.
Wrap it all like a warm blanket about you
And let gratitude arise to the Lord of Christmas.

I've never heard of Russian Tea. It does sound like a drink I would enjoy.

I havent thought about Russian Tea in many years. My Grandmother made up a dry mix and called it Russian Tea. Dont remember what was in it. I know it had instant sweet tea mix, tang and spices, maybe other things too, Barbara Gantt

That sounds heavenly! I can't wait to try it!

Tipper,
I love, love, love Russian Tea!
The first time I ever had the tea was at my Aunts home in Canton. As the aroma circulated in the house, it would just about starve me to death. She would sometimes float slices of oranges in hers while it was steaming on the stove. Mom took home her recipe but I would hate for her to hear me say that hers just never did taste as good..Sure brings back the Christmas season for me.
I like the instant spiced tea version, but there is nothing like homemade, steaming from the kitchen.
Thanks for the memory Tipper!

Tipper--Grandpa Joe absolutely loved Russian tea (he pronounced it "Rooshian tea") and could it hot enough to scald your hands. He'd just get a cup, "sasser" it, blow across the saucer a couple of times, and slurp away. Soon enough he'd comment along the lines of "that's mighty fine tea."

Russian tea was a standard part of the Christmas season when I was a boy, and oddly enough, I mentioned it in some material I wrote for my monthly website newlsetter just a couple of days ago. Obviously, since Miss Cindy is roughly my age (I know I'm straying into dangerous territory so I'll hasten to add she looks much younger), this was something popular in Haywood and Swain counties in the 1950s, 1960s, and beyond.

Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

Hi Tipper, I've made this before, but the one I make uses instant tea and Tang (I think - and sugar)You store the mix in a quart Mason jar and make you a cup whenever you like. I've got a jar of it in the kitchen where I made it quite a while back. It is pretty good.

Oh Tipper, now you've made me want Russian Tea. That really is the best recipe ever. Folks used to make an instant Russian tea from instant tea, Tang, and I've forgotten the other ingredients. Does anyone know what Tang is and if it still exists?
That's a lot of trees for one house! To say that Chitter has a stubborn streak is a bit of an understatement!

It is always interesting to see how you relate the title to the content after reading the first few lines of your story. The girls and I would make great partners at Christmas. I feel the more trees the better. The russian tea sounds like the perfect way to end a day of tree hunting

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