This traditional hot tang recipe creates a citrus-flavored hot drink that is infused with lemon, cinnamon, and cloves. Also called Russian tea with tang it’s the perfect hot drink on a cold day or share the mixed ingredients in a jar to create a gift.
Hot Tang Drink Mix Recipe
Hot tang! (Or Russian Tea!) This time of year, a warm drink is a happy addition to any morning. My husband does not drink coffee and doesn’t love hot chocolate so this drink mix recipe is his hot drink of choice. His mom has been making it for years and it’s a highlight to his fall. This citrus tang hot drink brings a bit of summer to the cold mornings. It’s such an easy recipe!
Combine all the ingredients in one large jar. I used the half gallon size of ball jars.
Give it a good mix after adding all the ingredients. Just put the lid on the jar tightly and shake!
Add a couple of tablespoons to your 8 oz mug and mix with hot water.
This would also make a great DIY gift for anyone this time of year who doesn’t love coffee. You can make quite a bit of it and add it to an airtight container and store for months. Enjoy!
Hot Tang Drink Mix Recipe
- 20 oz tang
- 3 Cups sugar
- 3/4 Cup instant tea
- 3 packages lemonade Kool Aid without sugar
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground cloves
- Mix ingredients together in a large container or jar.
- Add desired amount to mug. (Approximately 2 Tablespoons per 8 oz of hot water.
- Add hot water and stir to dissolve ingredients. Serve hot.
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This recipe was originally published in December 2013. It has been updated to better reflect the ingredients via pictures. The recipe has been altered only to provide a larger scale of ingredients.
Comments & Reviews
The taste of my childhood, watching after-school specials on TV and drinking this! We called it “spice tea.” It made me fee so grown up. 🙂
Yes! My husband feels the same way!
quick question do i have to use tea in this recipe?for some reason I don’t remember my mom using tea in her re recipe
Hi! You can always alter the recipe as you wish. This is an easy one to add back the tea if it doesn’t taste the same as your mother made.
Dawn B says
my mom made this when we were kids all the time and I honestly thought she “invented” it! I totally forgot about it until I was at a friend’s house the other day and she offered me a cup of Tang (which I also forgot about LOL) So happy to find the recipe on-line!!
So glad you enjoyed it!
Bev @ The Make Your Own Zone says
We received a recipe much like this as a gift one year when my husband was a Sunday School teacher (and we got all sorts of awesome goodies!). It was labeled as Russian Tea. We found it to be a great drink for cold winter days.
That’s so funny that it has a different name! My husband has been drinking this for years and loves it. It is a great drink for cold days, especially if you’re like my husband and don’t drink coffee. 🙂