Russian Tea

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Yesterday was the old Russian New Years celebration, so in honor of that, I figure Russian Tea would be a good post for today. Russian Tea is a spiced orange flavored drink that is good warm or cold. Old recipes call for instant tea, but since it is very hard to find, I have adjusted this recipe for a Tea Mix. This tea would also be a lot more sugary than the original recipes would have called, but over all, it is a great tea mix. Warming and comforting when warmed, and flavorful and refreshing when served chilled. This recipe makes about 11 cups of mix, or about 5-6 large glasses.

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What You Will Need

  • 2 Cups Tang, Orange Drink Mix
  • 2 Cups Lemon Tea Mix
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Nutmeg

Directions

1. Mix together Tang, tea mix, cloves, and cinnamon, in a mason jar and store at room temperature. To make one cup of tea, add 3 Tbsp mix. To make a large glass, use 6 Tbsp mix to taste. Serve Hot or Cold.

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Ginger Lemonade

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Ginger Lemonade is a healthy and flavorful drink. I made this drink as an alternative to ginger ale and tastes very similar. If you wanted to, you could easily add carbonated water or club soda in place of the water for carbonation. This recipe can also be made with honey or sugar. If you would like to make it vegetarian, you can easily go with the latter. Using warm water is more effective at getting the ginger flavor out and dissolving the sugar, however, if you are in a rush, you could use cold water, you just may have to use more ginger. Be sure to adjust to taste! If you want a drink lighter in flavor, you can half the recipe. This recipe makes about 5-7 glasses.

What You Will Need

  • 7 Cups Warm Water
  • 5 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar or 4 Tbsp Honey
  • Pitcher & Spoon

Directions

1. Mix together all the ingredients together in a pitcher. Chill for 4-6 Hours before serving, or add ice and let cool 10 minutes before drinking.

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Cucumber Lemon Ice Cubes

This is a quick way to a refreshing glass of juice in the summer. Simply blend, strain, pour, and freeze. You can also transfer them from the tray into a freezer bag to have lots prepared for your next picnic. The cucumber flavor is perfectly complimented with the lemon and sugar. The salt helps negate some sour, and that helps the cucumber flavor come out on top. It is helpful to serve this drink with a straw, since the cucumber and sugar will settle to the bottom as the frozen cubes melt. You can also omit sugar and salt if you prefer a flavored water experience instead. This is also a great opportunity to use up your extra cucumbers before they go bad!

  1. Wash 3 medium cucumbers. Slice into 1/2 inch slices.
  2. In a blender, add 2 cups of lemon juice, 10 Tbsp sugar, a pinch of salt, and a few cucumber pieces.
  3. Blend on high for 30 seconds, remove lid and add more cucumber pieces.
  4. Repeat step three until all cucumber is blended.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Return to a cleaned blender, then pour into an ice cube tray.
  6. Carefully transfer to freezer and freeze for 8-24 hours, till solid.
  7. When serving, add 3 cubes per 16 oz of liquid.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a sweet treat, and are especially refreshing in the summer. Smoothies use fruit and usually ice and some other liquid base. Milkshakes use milk and ice cream. I did use a dairy base for my smoothie, but you can feel free to use any alternative you’d like. I had recently gone to the store and bought strawberries and bananas, but my strawberries were starting to go bad, so the best option Josh and I had was smoothies, to make a dent in the remaining carton. Josh and I also don’t have an Ice cube tray yet, so we improvised by freezing the fruit instead. You can add more milk if you want a thinner smoothie, but this recipe will make 2 very large and thick smoothies.

  1. Place 3 bananas and 1 1/2 cups of strawberries in the freezer, and leave until frozen solid, about 3 hours.
  2. Remove the fruit from the freezer. Cut off the banana peel, and slice all 3 bananas. Rinse off the strawberries. Cut off the tops, and half. Place cut fruit into a blender.
  3. Add 2 cups of vanilla yogurt into the blender. Add 1 cup of milk, and add the blender lid.
  4. Pulse the blender 4-5 times to begin to crush the frozen fruit, then turn the blender on high and blend for 1 minute.
  5. Place in large glass and serve with a spoon!

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