A Timeout for Tea

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?

  1. Tang
  2. Powdered Iced Tea
  3. Powdered Lemonade
  4. Cloves
  5. Cinnamon

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:

  1. Juice one lemon
  2. Juice two oranges
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. A cinnamon stick
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  6. 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”

  1. Marcie, Thank you for this delightful reminder of how soothing a cup of tea can be. i’m going to try out that recipe!

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