Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Drinking Up Memories . . .

Ok, so a little while ago, I went through all my pulled out stacks of recipes, found them on-line and pinned them on Pinterest. It took a lot of time but I got rid of sooooooo many pieces loose of paper and organized everything in my pretty little boards!

While going through the recipes, I found several that immediately brought back memories of my childhood. One of them is called Russian Tea. My mom used to make large batches of this for me and I remember drinking it on cold nights. I loved the taste and remember it had a bit of a sour/sweet flavor.

So, I had to go to Publix today to buy some things for my youngest daughter's birthday dinner tomorrow night. While there, I picked up all the ingredients I needed to make me some Russian Tea!

When I asked the first Publix employee where I might find some Tang,
he had no clue what it was (yes, he was young).
 I explained to him it was the drink of the astronauts.
Luckily, he found another employee who knew Tang and that
it was located by the powdered drinks (on the bottom shelf!). 

Here's the recipe:

Russian Tea -

1 c instant powdered tea
2 T powdered lemonade mix
2 c Tang
2 c white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Mix all ingredients and store in a sealed jar.
2. Mix 3-4 tablespoons of mix with 1 cup of hot water (could also use in cold water)

I did not realize how much sugar it had in it. No wonder it tastes sooo good! I did cut back on the sugar somewhat, but not too much!

Sit back and drink in the memories.

Time to go wrap birthday presents for the birthday girl, but that is for another post.


  1. Wow! That really goes back a ways. I got that recipe before you were born in N.C. and lived on the stuff! Then, it became our little go-to gift for all the "extras" teachers that we wanted to remember. We would put it in a Mason jar, drape it with holiday fabric, tie it with a pretty ribbon and almost always add in a cross-stitched round to the middle of the jar lid. I had those small patterns for every holiday or season you could name and could be found stitching many mornings til 2 a.m. so you and your sisters would have all your gifts to deliver-no wonder my eyes have gone to pot-ha-ha. Thanks for my trip down memory lane!

  2. Just noticed something. The recipe doesn't call for sweetened ice tea mix. It was in a jar like instant coffee.I think it was made by Liptons. I remember because if it didn't get used quickly, it would absorb moisture and turn into a big lump. I bet they may not even make it now that tea has become so popular and chic! Good thing you DIDN'T use all of the sugar the recipe called for-your teeth would be falling out!

  3. I wonder if there is a way to make this WW friendly. Hate to think about the number of Points Plus in one cup! Growing up on a farm out in the middle of "nowhere" Illinois Tang was our breakfast orange juice......never really liked the stuff!