Crisp days and chilly nights, jeans, boots, scarves, sweaters, fires roaring in the fireplace or fire pit …..and the scents that we associate this marvelous time of the year….yes it is fall!
This week I am teaming up with other contributors of Live Creatively Inspired to bring you Scents of the Season – Autumn Goodness!
Getting together with family members is always a treasure. Memories are created and sometimes new traditions are discovered. We have always taken turns alternating holidays with my family and my husband's. A fond and favorite memory is the Russian Tea that is forever present at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The smell of Russian tea simmering on the stove is a nod to this bountiful season. I'd like to share with you the Russian Tea that my husband's family has been making through the years. It can be made in advance and reheated on the stove for a crowd or left in the slow cooker. Left overs are easily reheated on a cup per cup basis in the microwave.
- 8 ounces frozen orange juice- no pulp
- 8 ounces frozen lemonade
- 3 family-sized decaffeinated tea bags
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tablespoons of whole cloves
- extra water to make 1 gallon
- Bring 2 quarts of water to boil and remove from heat
- Add 1 cup of sugar to the boiling water stirring to dissolve
- Add 3 family-sized decaffeinated tea bags and cover to steep for about 30 minutes (or desired time)
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil on the stove with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves
- Turn off the heat, cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes
- Strain off the spices reserving the liquid
- Discard used spices
- In a gallon container, pour the 2 quarts of tea, cans of frozen lemonade and orange juice along with reserved liquid from spice mixture
- Stir until the frozen can contents are completely thawed and mixed
- Add enough water to make a gallon
- Serve warm in mugs
- The gallon container can now be stored in the refrigerator heated per cup in the microwave.
- For a crowd, pour the gallon of Russian Tea into a large stock pot on the stove simmering or a slow-cooker. Have a ladle handy to serve into mugs.
- Would also work in a thermal carafe or one of those large electric coffee servers with spout.
- I prefer to make with decaffeinated tea bags, but you could easily make caffeinated.
At the same time that you are bringing your spice mixture to a boil, be boiling the 2 quarts of water for the tea.
I place the 1 cup of sugar in a 2 quart Pyrex measuring bowl while my tea kettle is boiling.
Pour the 2 quarts of boiling water (or pretty close amount….doesn't have to be exact) into the Pyrex and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the tea bags and steep for about 30 minutes.
Be prepared for your home to smell of the holiday season while these spices boil and steep! This step is even wonderful if you just want your house to smell Heavenly!
Follow the directions and you will have a hot tea with the mixture of spices and citrus. It will have a cloudy appearance due to the addition of the frozen juices. Finding 8 ounce cans of frozen juice has been difficult for me lately. I just buy the 12 ounce cans. Unless you really love a strong citrus taste, I would not recommend using the entire 12 ounce can. Just approximate and scoop out the additional 4 ounces. Don't throw away. I am sure there is another recipe that you could use it in or make a few servings of juice or lemonade.
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Happy Fall Y'all!!Buffer