If you’re looking for a recipe from years gone by, you may remember on a cold day your mom whipping up a cup of Friendship Tea that she received from a friend. I can remember thinking that instant spiced tea mix was sweet, tangy and deliciously comforting.
Need a homemade gift for a friend, coworker or teacher? Make this homemade hot beverage mix!
About Friendship Tea
Flavor: Think sweet & tangy orange and lemon with a hint of the warm spices of cinnamon and cloves.
Texture: Smooth and warm. This is similar to an apple cider and is thicker rather than thin like tea.
Source: This recipe can be found in just about any of the old church cookbooks and in many places online. I have an old cookbook called Holiday Cookbook and in that book along there are about 6 variations of this recipe. This is the one that was closest to what I remember.
What is friendship tea?
Friendship tea is sometimes called instant spiced tea, Tang tea or Russian Friendship Tea. We do have a Russian Tea recipe as well, but that recipe uses fresh ingredients and juices along with tea bags for a delicious slow cooker drink.
There are 5 simple ingredients in this recipe:
Instant Tea: You can find instant tea in the tea and coffee aisle of most grocery stores. Our tea powder was a black tea.
Mix together in a bowl. If you'd like, you can run the mix through a food processor to make it finer, but with powders we use I don't find it necessary.
Showcase the powder in a mason jar or another airtight container with a tag attached to it labled “Friendship Tea”.
To make a cup of tea, stir 1 tablespoon into 6-8 ounces of hot water. Decorate with cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise if desired.
Recipe Source: Holiday CookbookYou can make this as an iced tea as well. Mix two tablespoons of powder mix into a cup of hot water. Stir to dissolve, then pour over ice.Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.The calories shown are based on the recipe making 80 cups of tea, with 1 serving being 1 cup of tea. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**