My new favorite warm beverage of choice lately (after a couple of cups of my favorite coffee, of course) has been Russian Tea. This is a homemade brew, and one that I used to make many years ago when my kiddos were, well little kiddos! The original version had lots of sugar in the form of sugary Tang, and sugar-sweetened lemonade mix plus the instant tea. Well, a few weeks ago I went on a hunt for a sugar-free version. I found several recipes that sounded okay, but not quite what I wanted, so I just started combining bits and pieces from here and there and came up with the following. Hope you enjoy!
Russian Tea Mix -- "Sugar-Free" Version
What you will need:
1 packet sugar-free Crystal Light Lemonade ( Walmart's brand is what I use)
1 packet sugar-free Crystal Light Orange (Walmart's brand is called Orange Early Rise)
1 cup unsweetened instant tea (any brand)
1 to 1 1/2 cups Splenda (or your sweetener of choice)
1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (I'm generous with this amount because I like cloves)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice (generous as above)
Simply mix everything together, and even add some cinnamon sticks if you like -- I do. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of mix, depending on the size of your cup, and fill with almost boiling water. If you let the water boil, you have to wait for it to cool a bit before you can begin to enjoy this yumminess -- just sayin'. I like to add one of the cinnamon sticks to mine for a little added flavor. This was my "go-to" beverage a few days ago when I was feeling "poorly" and nothing much tasted good, except this! I do hope you will give it a try; and if you are lucky enough not to be watching your "waistline," then simply substitute all the sugar-laden ingredients.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead, and for goodness sake, try to stay healthy!