Russian Chai Tea: A delicious and warming variation of spiced tea that you find drunk regularly during the colder months in Russia. This tea has a more important function than just warming you up on a chilly day – it contains spices and ingredients that have nutrients and minerals that are beneficial for the immune system during a time when it definitely needs a boost! Here are some healing properties of the ingredients in this tea:
- Cloves – antimicrobial & anti oxidant
- Cinnamon – anti bacterial, anti viral & anti fungal
- Tangerine peel – vitamin c and lowers cholesterol
- Honey – anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, antioxidant
- Lemon juice – vitamin c
This recipe makes roughly 2 litres of tea. You can keep it for a day or two if covered and stored in the fridge – heat up as desired.
What you will need for Russian Chai Tea:
- 8 tbs of black tea leaves or 8 teabags
- 1.5 tbs whole cloves
- 2 tbs grated tangerine peel
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 litres of water or 8 cups
- 1/2 cup of raw honey
- 2 tbs of fresh lemon juice
- Bring half of the water to boil and add the tea and spices to the boiling water (you can tie it up in a piece of cheesecloth if you are using loose leaf tea)
- Remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to steep for at least 10-15 minutes
- Add the other half of the water and bring it to the boil and then remove it from the stove again
- Allow the tea to steep for another 10 minutes
- Once the tea has steeped – add the lemon juice an honey
- Serve warm and refrigerate for later (you can gently heat the mixture when needed)
- Enjoy Russian Chai Tea!
Do you enjoy warm beverages? Try our other tea recipes on our blog. Let us know what you think!
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