Russian Spiced Tea (Pryanyi Chai) Recipe

Russian samovar
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    20 mins

Spiced tea is a traditional and much loved hot beverage in Russia. In the glory days of the tsars, it was served from gleaming silver samovars but, these days, a saucepan will do just fine. This is a traditional beverage for the Christmas holidays.


What You'll Need

  • 8 tablespoons black tea leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange or tangerine zest
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Place the tea leaves, cloves, zest and cinnamon sticks into a cheesecloth bag and tie the top tightly.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, add the bag, remove from the heat, and allow to steep, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the honey & lemon juice and serve. This tea may be made in advance and kept for two to three days if it is covered and refrigerated.