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Maple Russian Tea

Adagio Teas TeaChef Level 3

While Russian tea usually refers to a blend of Chinese black teas, there is one variation of Russian tea that is distinctly American. A product of the 1970s, “Russian tea” was usually a blend of instant powdered tea, ground cinnamon, ground clove, and Tang (a fruity powdered drink). Sweet tea rules the Southern summer, but during the fall, Southern households turned to Russian tea to warm up. I wanted to revamp this classic recipe using another classic fall flavor: maple! Adagios’ maple creme oolong has a lovely warm fall flavor, with the perfect blend of sweetness and spice to compliment the flavors of this classic drink. This recipe for maple “Russian” tea is the perfect thing to curl up with on a chilly fall evening.

Recipe developed for Adagio Teas by Jessica Maciuch



  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tsp Maple Creme Oolong
  • Peel from 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1 whole star anise (optional)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


In a medium saucepan, add orange peel and whole spices to water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and stir in maple syrup, orange juice, and lemon juice. Pour into mugs through a strainer. Garnish with orange slice and serve!

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    Red Wolfe TeaChef Level 3

    Suuuper weird taste. The original sounded kinda nasty, but I had all the ingredients, so I decided to give this a try. It's not bad, but not great. I think it could benefit from a longer steeping of the spices before adding the tea, and maybe a little more orange.

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