Friendship Tea Recipes: Cozy Indulgence

Learn how to make some simple, soothing, instant friendship tea. What is friendship tea? Basic homemade friendship tea, also known as Russian tea, spiced tea, or Tang tea, is a hot beverage made with Tang, lemonade, instant tea, some cinnamon and ground cloves. It makes a delicious, homemade Mason jar holiday gift. In addition to the ingredients for basic friendship tea, you will also find frugal and sugar free friendship tea recipes. Any one of these friendship tea recipes would be ideal to serve at a kids tea party. Friendship tea is also a perfect hot, cozy drink to relax with on a cold rainy day with a book in your hand. What is in a soothing cup of spiced tea? Read on for the easy friendship tea recipes!

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My Friendship Tea Backstory

From the time my sister and I were quite young, our dear Canadian grandmother allowed us to choose a fine china cup and saucer with which to enjoy afternoon tea. What a brave grandmother! We were very careful, and the teacups remained undamaged. Our favorite tea to sip was a wonderful concoction we called Russian tea, but is also known, as noted above, as friendship tea. We always had the special tea on hand in our house when I was growing up.

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Fast Forward to Drinking Friendship Tea as an Adult

Now that I have a home and family of my own, the friendship tea tradition has continued. These days, in my houseful of guys, the tea is served in mugs rather than fine china teacups. It’s most requested when someone is feeling under the weather. As a school librarian, I’m constantly surrounded by sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and wheezes. I don’t even like to think about where those books might have been. Despite the constant hand-washing, some type of bug occasionally manages to invade our household. When that happens, I turn to friendship tea. What is friendship tea made of? Here are the ingredients for friendship tea:

Basic Friendship Tea Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened instant Lipton tea 

1 cup Countrytime lemonade mix

2 cups Tang orange drink mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4-1/2 cup sugar (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a 2 quart Mason jar or other container with lid and shake or roll around to combine.  To serve, mix 2 teaspoons of Friendship Tea with 1 cup of boiling water. For a larger mug, use 3 teaspoons, or to taste.

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Easy Friendship Tea Recipes

Learn how to make some simple, soothing, instant friendship tea. Here you'll find the basic recipe, plus frugal and sugar free friendship tea recipes.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American, English
Servings 192
Calories 190.5 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 2-quart Mason jar

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsweetened instant Lipton tea mix
  • 1 cup Countrytime lemonade mix
  • 2 cups Tang orange drink mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼-½ cup sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a 2 quart Mason jar or other container with lid and shake or roll around to combine.
  • To serve, mix 2 teaspoons of Friendship Tea with 1 cup of boiling water. For a larger mug, use 3 teaspoons, or to taste.

Notes

Frugal Friendship Tea Recipe Variation
To save money, you can substitute the Countrytime lemonade mix (which can be a bit spendy) with a 3 1/4 ounce envelope of powdered lemonade mix (like KoolAid) and 1 cup of sugar. You can also purchase generic powdered orange drink mix in the bulk food section of a store like Winco. The cinnamon and ground cloves can also be purchased in the bulk food section. If you can find a generic instant tea mix, that’s even better.
Reduced Sugar and Sugar-Free Friendship Tea Recipes
If you wish to reduce the sugar, you may substitute the sugar and lemonade mix with 1 cup of powdered sugar-free lemonade mix. If you want to make a completely sugar-free friendship tea recipe, you can purchase Tang Zero Sugar packets. Use enough packets to equal one cup.
Keyword hot drink, tea

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Frugal Friendship Tea Recipe

To save money, you can substitute the Countrytime lemonade mix (which can be a bit spendy) with a 3 1/4 ounce envelope of powdered lemonade mix (like KoolAid) and 1 cup of sugar. You can also purchase generic powdered orange drink mix in the bulk food section of a store like Winco. The cinnamon and ground cloves can also be purchased in the bulk food section. If you can find a generic instant tea mix, that’s even better.

Reduced Sugar and Sugar-Free Friendship Tea Recipes

If you wish to reduce the sugar, you may substitute the sugar and lemonade mix with 1 cup of powdered sugar-free lemonade mix. If you want to make a completely sugar-free friendship tea recipe, you can purchase Tang Zero Sugar packets. Use enough packets to equal one cup.

One More Special Ingredient in this Friendship Tea Recipe

When I think of drinking a cup of friendship tea, I get a warm feeling inside. I think that’s because my earliest memories of drinking it are filled with thoughts of love for my grandmother. Love makes everything taste better! No wonder I feel so soothed and relaxed when I drink this special spiced tea. It really does help me feel better right away, both mentally and physically.

Make Friendship Tea Recipes Even Easier

If you are a regular consumer of tea, you probably already have an electric tea kettle. If you have never owned one, but drink a lot of hot beverages, you might consider adding this handy device to your kitchen collection. After only a few minutes, a nice pot of boiling water is ready for you to use. Mine is similar to this one:

What to Serve with Friendship Tea

Friendship tea makes an ideal addition to any breakfast or tea party menu. It can be served alongside breakfast main dishes, such as make ahead breakfast casserole or easy breakfast skillet. For an afternoon teatime treat, serve friendship tea with decadent orange chocolate scones or white chocolate raspberry scones. The options are many!

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You might also be interested in reading about some of my other easy recipes, like Easy Wassail.  If you would like even more recipe ideas, consider following my Easy Recipes board on Pinterest. Wishing you good health and many opportunities to relax and enjoy a cozy cup of friendship tea.

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Lisa Mitchell is a wife, mom, and school librarian who likes to create and share recipes, often using fresh ingredients from her family’s small Pacific Northwest farm. For more delicious, easy recipes, click on over to the Food page.

20 thoughts on “Friendship Tea Recipes: Cozy Indulgence”

  1. 5 stars
    This brings back so many cherished childhood memories. Thank you for posting this recipe.

    Reply
    • You are most welcome! I’m so glad it helped you revisit treasured times. It is the same for me.

      Reply
  2. 5 stars
    These friendship tea recipes are wonderful! I love tea and I appreciate your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing, Lisa!

    Reply
    • You are most welcome! I’m always happy to share a cup of friendship tea (and the recipes).

      Reply
  3. 5 stars
    These friendship tea recipes are easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    • I’m so glad you like these friendship tea recipes!

      Reply
  4. I enjoyed this post, and I am looking forward to trying this tea, I am definitely a tea drinker!

    Reply
    • Lori,

      I’m so glad! It’s my favorite, even when I don’t have a cold. Thanks for your comment, and I hope you have time to drink many cups of tea!

      Lisa

      Reply
  5. Me and the toddlers can’t shake the crud…may have to try this!

    Reply
    • Nicole,

      I’m so sorry you are sick! Thanks for taking the time to comment, even though you’re not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon.

      Lisa

      Reply
  6. Love does make everything better 😍

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    • Shellie,

      Yes, it does. When some of my family members read this post, it brought back fond memories of my grandmother to them as well. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you stay healthy out there!

      Lisa

      Reply
  7. I would have never thought to add lemonade to the tea!! I may have to check it out 😉

    Reply
    • Sasha,

      It’s delicious! I hope you avoid cold germs, but if you happen to come down with something, maybe this will help. Thanks for your comment, and have a super week!

      Lisa

      Reply
  8. I think I drank something similar as a child! Good memories.

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    • Cindy,

      I enjoy drinking this even as an adult!=) Thanks for your comment, and stay healthy out there!

      Lisa

      Reply
  9. I am from India, so I love tea! I love how you included spices in the tea! Great post!Sounds so good! I am not really a fan of a tea kettle. I take trouble in making tea in saucepan!!

    Reply
    • Stephy,

      I have never made tea in a saucepan before! Good thing we have all kinds of kitchenware to meet everyone’s needs. So, do you just put in the exact amount of water you are going to need for your cup of tea, then steep the tea directly in the saucepan? Do you prefer loose tea? Do you use a tea ball to hold the leaves? So many different ways to brew a cup of tea! Thanks for your comment, and enjoy your tea!

      Lisa

      Reply

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