Imperial Sugar
Imperial Sugar

Russian Tea


  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 2 cardamon pods, bruised
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 4 tea bags (black tea)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ounces dark rum or brandy per serving (optional)
  • Freshly ground nutmeg for garnish
  • Lemon slices


      1. Add water, cinnamon, allspice, cardamon, cloves, and lemon peel to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
      2. Return to a low heat, Add lemon juice, orange juice, and brown sugar. Heat gently until warmed through. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Remove spices and peel.
      3. Ladle into mugs, add rum if desired. Grate fresh nutmeg on top and add a lemon slice.
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      Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Bree Hester @bakedbree.com.