My grandma made this tea mix every year. Maybe your grandma did, too.

The temperatures are dropping outside, and I'm just plain nostalgic today. I have a craving for my grandma's spiced tea. I've heard it called Russian Tea or even Spiced Tea With Tang. Whatever you call it, it's delicious fall in a cup.

I love the versatility of this recipe. Make a batch of the mix to store in your own pantry, and make a second batch to give as a gift to a neighbor. It stores well in an airtight container to last the entire fall and winter seasons.

Spiced Russian Tea With Tang Recipe:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 c. Tang
  • 2/3 c. instant tea
  • 2 pkg. (or 2 measuring scoops) instant lemonade
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Combine the first six ingredients in a medium bowl and store in an airtight container. Mix well and be sure the powered ingredients are incorporated throughout.
  2. To serve, use 2-3 teaspoons of mix per 1 cup of hot water. If you desire, add a cinnamon stick to your mug.

General Foods Corporation developed the orange-flavored drink mix, Tang, in 1959. The concept was to combine the mix with water for an orange-flavored beverage. Tang didn't initially sell well at all. Due to its versatility, NASA began using Tang on space missions.

When was the last time you drank Tang? Tell us more in the comments below.