how to make russian tea
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Russian Tea

Comforting, warm, Russian Tea made in the slow cooker. This from scratch drink recipe with  is perfect for an evening drink after it simmers all day in the slow cooker. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot drink, hot fruit drink, hot tea recipe, slow cooker tea
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Julie Clark


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 5 black tea bags
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (divided)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-3 quarts hot water (to taste)

Optional Serving Ingredients:

  • 1 orange (sliced and quartered)
  • 12 whole cloves


  • In a slow cooker, combine the sugar, pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon juice.
  • In a large measuring cup, place the tea bags, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  • Pour the hot water over the tea bags and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into the sugar and juice mix. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves that you strained out.
  • Add 2-3 quarts of hot water, to taste. Add 2 quarts in immediately, then add more water until you get the taste you'd like.
  • Add the 2 remaining cinnamon sticks to the tea and cover the slow cooker. Cook on low until heated through. 
  • To garnish, slice an orange into thin slices, then halve or quarter them if you'd like. Push a whole clove into the orange slice and place it in the cup on top of the tea.
  • You can also serve the tea from the slow cooker. You can decorate the top with orange slices and cinnamon sticks if you'd like.



The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 12 people, with 1 serving being 1 cup of hot 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.**


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 20.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.3mg