Most of the world takes a timeout each day for tea, but most Americans do not take a moment to sip in the afternoon. Maybe we should.
I grew up in the 1970’s. The decade of polyester, plaid, bell bottoms, and a time where processed food or “Frankenfood” like Velveeta became part of our diets. Most Moms added Dr. Pepper to a roast and a can of lemon lime soda to their pound cakes. Fast food was more important than natural ingredients.
One of my favorite 70’s creation was Russian Tea Mix, a typical “homemade” hostess gift that you brought to a gathering in the winter. Have you ever seen the recipe?
- Powdered Iced Tea
- Powdered Lemonade
Tang was not available in Russia, so I am not sure how authentic “Russian Tea” was? But it did taste good and many a cold afternoon was spent sipping the delectable tea mix steaming with hot water.
As we are all trying to eat healthier, I thought about how to make a “better for you” version of this 70’s staple and I came across this version on Pinterest without a creator’s name attached. Here is a take on Russian Tea that is all natural:
- Juice one lemon
- Juice two oranges
- 2 tablespoons honey
- A cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 4-5 black tea bags
Tea time may not be possible during the Advent season, but what will you choose to drink, to savor or spirit when you have a moment?
One response to “A Timeout for Tea”
Marcie, Thank you for this delightful reminder of how soothing a cup of tea can be. i’m going to try out that recipe!