Russian Spiced Tea (Pryanyi Chai) Recipe

Russian samovar
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups (8 servings)
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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 clove (whole)
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest (or tangerine)
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

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.