Low Calorie Russian Tea

Low Calorie Russian Tea - Tea spiked with orange, lemon, and cinnamon is the perfect winter treat that won't harm your waistline. VirginiaSweetPea.com

My first memory of Russian Tea was my grandmother bringing it to our house along with tin after tin of cookies when she came to visit at Christmas.  Granny packaged her Russian Tea in a Sanka  bottle and we enjoy an occasional cup the rest of the winter.

I always enjoy Russian Tea but I hate to drink my calories.  I’d rather spend my calorie budget on food to eat!  My dilemma was solved after concocting a Russian Tea recipe that is not only tasty but is also low calorie.

Low Calorie Russian Tea - Tea spiked with orange, lemon, and cinnamon is the perfect winter treat that won't harm your waistline.

If you aren’t familiar with Russian Tea, it traditionally is a combination of instant tea, Tang, lemonade mix, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.  My low calorie version uses unsweetened instant tea, Crystal Light lemonade and orange drink mixes, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Low Calorie Russian Tea
  • 1 (3⅓ ounce) jar sugar-free instant iced tea (I used decaf)
  • 4 packets Crystal Light orange drink mix (I used Walmart brand)
  • 2 packets Crystal Light lemonade drink mix (I used Walmart brand)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Package in individual jars for a gift or store in the instant tea jar if keeping for yourself.
  3. Mix to taste: I use a heaping sugar spoon and another half a sugar spoon for a large coffee mug.


This drink is so tasty and it makes your home smell wonderful.  You won’t break the calorie bank with this fragrant and flavorful hot drink.Low Calorie-Russian Tea

I have been enjoying Russian Tea almost daily since before Thanksgiving.  Being decaf makes it a warm beverage that I can enjoy in the evening without risking not being able to sleep.

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  1. Oh yes! I remember this!
    Hadn’t had it in years!
    I need some… Now that I’m officially diabetic… :/. I’ll try your low cal / low carb version.
    I can’t wait!

  2. Nadine Schnettler says:

    Want to try the recipe but I’m not sure of what size packets you’re using of the Crystal Lite. Are they the single servings to flavor a 16 oz bottle of water or the larger packets to make 2 quarts of the flavored drink? Thanks!

  3. Yum! I’ve never heard of this but it sounds delicious! Sounds like the perfect time of year to make it!

  4. I had never heard of this! Sounds like it would be so festive tasting!

  5. Love Russian Tea, great idea for a low calorie version!

  6. Love this!!! Pinning to try later! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂

  7. I’ve never heard of Russian tea. I’d love to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  8. Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

  9. Hi Paula,
    I would love to sit and have tea with you, your Russian Tea looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a wonderful week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen


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