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!


robin rue December 5, 2017 - 6:46 am

I’ve never heard of Russian tea, but it sounds great. I am excited to make some so that I can try this delicious beverage.

Amber Myers December 5, 2017 - 8:17 am

This sounds tasty. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Russian tea before, but judging from the ingredients, I think I’d really enjoy it.

Mary Hill December 5, 2017 - 9:19 am

Looks so refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa December 5, 2017 - 10:10 am

I adore Russian tea as well, but I have never made my ow. What a genius idea. I will have to give your recipe a try as my daughters and I really love to drink tea. We live in the midwest and it is so cold here once the sun goes down and tea is flowing freely all night.

Lisa December 5, 2017 - 11:13 am

I have never had Russian Tea but it sounds fruity and spicy and incredible. Thanks for sharing.

Heather @ Kraus House Mom December 5, 2017 - 11:45 am

I’ve never heard of Russian tea, but it sounds delicious. My kids would love to try this, they think they’re fancy when they try new things.

Sarah Honey December 5, 2017 - 11:51 am

I love tea. Haven’t ever heard of Milo’s Tea. It sounds delicious. I will have to give it a try.

candy December 5, 2017 - 12:45 pm

We can’t get your wonderful tea here where I live but will try and find a good subsitute to make this wonderful drink. I love to entertain and serve great foods and drinks.

Karen Dawkins December 5, 2017 - 2:12 pm

We love Russian tea too, but this recipe is better than mine. My son lives in Alabama — and I tried Milo’s our first visit to the state. They know how to do sweet tea!

Liz Mays December 5, 2017 - 9:15 pm

I’m definitely interested in trying out those flavors. Yum, this might be a new holiday tradition!

Franc Ramon December 5, 2017 - 9:51 pm

We do have a lot of good memories made on Christmas and that includes the guests and the food. Your russian food looks really sumptuous and delicious.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 6, 2017 - 12:38 am

I love sweet tea. I’ve never had Russian tea but have heard of it many times, it sure does sound flavorful.

Dina Demarest December 6, 2017 - 11:31 am

I would love to try making this Russian Tea! It looks very refreshing and relaxing! Perfect for winter!

Debra Hawkins December 6, 2017 - 3:07 pm

What a gorgeous tea! I have several friends that would love this. I have a friend that lived in Russia for several years and misses it!

Amanda December 6, 2017 - 5:28 pm

I have never even heard of Russian tea before…I would love to try it. I love all types of tea and it is always fun to experience something from different cultures.

Mimi Green December 6, 2017 - 7:39 pm

First off the fact that you even have a Bi-Lo warms my heart. Growing up I would go to Bi-Lo with my grandmother. So nostalgic. We don’t have them here in the DC area. I’d never heard of Russian Tea before, I’m a daily tea drinker so I will try this one out.

Kisa Johnson December 7, 2017 - 1:58 am

I’ve never had Russian tea before. To be honest I don’t really like tea usually, but it sounds good so I may have to try it anyway!

Anosa December 7, 2017 - 3:01 am

I am starting to love drinking tea. So far I have no idea how it is being done and I am glad I came over this post. Now I can prepare a Russian tea for myself. Thanks for this!

Vania January 6, 2018 - 4:32 am

Anosa I became a tea lover also. You should try other teas as well.

Ave December 7, 2017 - 8:27 am

What a perfect recipe for those cold winter days. I really like spiced drinks so I’m sure I would love your Russian Tea too! Have to try it out asap!

Vania January 6, 2018 - 4:31 am

Alli this is a good recipe to warm ourselves and to stay energized. Thanks for posting the whole recipe.

Elena January 21, 2018 - 9:14 am

I’m Russian. We have never ever drink something like this in our country (f.e. orange and pineapple are not our traditonal food ))
Real russian tea is freshly brewed black tea with some white sugar and a slice of lemon (optional), nothing else.
But I love Southern kitchen and I’ll try this recipe as US Southern Russian tea 🙂

Matt May 14, 2018 - 10:17 am

Very interesting. I would try this recipe.
I was thinking that most likely Russian people haven’t even heard about this Russian Tea. And Elena has confirmed this 🙂

Alli May 14, 2018 - 10:21 am

Yeah, it’s a southern thing! 🙂

Rene May 26, 2023 - 6:14 pm

Is Milo’s Tea already brewed or how much water do I use? This sounds really good. Obviously I am not a Southern girl…LOL

Alli May 27, 2023 - 9:27 am

Yes it is already brewed and comes in a gallon container.

Sarah November 24, 2023 - 3:10 pm

Love Russian tea!!! I will be making it at Christmas 😋!

Alli November 25, 2023 - 8:10 am

Yay! I love it too!


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