How to Make The Best Ever Russian Tea

by Alli

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea Company, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PassTheMilos

The holidays are in full swing and I need a little break. What about you? I’m going to grab a good book, a cup of homemade Russian Tea, snuggle up with my favorite blanket and claim the sofa for the next few minutes. Then it’s back to doing what I love best; planning holiday get-togethers with family and friends.

Make sure you check out more of my refreshing beverages on this mocktails page. 

How to Make Russian Tea

As the lights twinkle on my Christmas tree, I can’t help but think back to my childhood Christmas memories. My mom was the ultimate holiday hostess. Our house was always decked out for the holidays, complete with scrumptious food and festive family-friendly drinks.

Thankfully, I inherited a little bit of my mom’s decorating style and her ability to make guests feel welcome and at home.

Greet Guests at the Door

That means greeting each guest at the door and offering them Russian Tea as soon as possible. It helps guests relax when they have something to do with their hands and the delicious taste of my Russian Tea gives them something to talk about.

Plan My Party Menu Timeline

I also plan my party menu timeline so that I don’t have to spend all my time in the kitchen! Guests love good food, but they also love you more! So don’t hide out in the kitchen all night.

Offer a Signature Drink 

Russian Tea is my signature drink and it’s THE beverage for all of my parties and family get-togethers. It also makes your house smell amazing – just like Christmas!

The secret ingredient in my Russian Tea is Milo’s Tea! It’s fresh-brewed and features natural ingredients. There are no preservatives or added acids in this award-winning tea!

For this recipe, I use Milo’s Tea sweetened with pure cane sugar. They also have no calorie and unsweet options, as well as lemonade, and a tea and lemonade mix. 

Russian Tea is easy to make and guests will enjoy drinking the warm beverage.

Helpful HintI found Milo’s at my local Bi-Lo’s in the refrigerated juice and dairy section but they are available at lots of retailers. Find a store near you by using the store locator.

I love that Milo’s Tea was born in the south (Bessemer, AL), just like me! Plus, it’s a family-owned and certified woman-owned business.

Russian Tea begins with Milo's Tea

The Story Behind Milo’s Tea

Milo’s was founded as a restaurant in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton after Milo returned from serving his country in World War II.  

Milo’s philosophy is simple – use high quality, fresh, natural ingredients, listen to your customers and never sacrifice taste.  

In 1989, Milo’s began selling their fresh brewed Famous Sweet Tea to local Birmingham grocery stores and now Milo’s beverages can be found in thousands of retailers across the United States. 

Let’s Make Russian Tea

How to Make Delicious Russian Tea

In a large saucepan, combine Milo’s Tea, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Heat until simmering and stir in the brown sugar.

Add Brown Sugar to Russian Tea

Turn heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat before serving.

Russian Tea is ready to serve.

Yield: 12 Servings

Russian Tea

How to Make Russian Tea

Russian Tea is a southern drink that's popular during the holidays or at any time. This tea is served warm and full of favorite spices.


  • 4 cups Milo's Tea (Sweetened)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine Milo's Tea, orange, pineapple and lemon juice, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Heat until simmering. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved.
  2. Turn heat to low and let simmer for five minutes.
  3. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

4 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 46Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 0g

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An added bonus of making Russian Tea is that my house smells amazing and takes me back to my childhood Christmases!

Serving suggestions for Russian Tea

Be sure and try my Russian Tea during the holidays. It’s a family favorite!

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