Russian Tea

Comforting, warm, Russian Tea made in a slow cooker. This from scratch drink recipe is perfect for a evening drink after it simmers all day in the slow cooker.

Prep Time:10 mins — Cook Time: 3 hrs — Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins — Servings: 12


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 5 black tea bags
  • 12 whole cloves OR 1 tsp powdered cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (2 divided out)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-3 quarts hot water (to taste)

Optional Serving Ingredients

  • 1 orange (sliced and quartered)
  • 12 whole cloves


  1. In a slow cooker, combine the sugar, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon juice.
  2. In a large measuring cup, place the tea bags, cloves, and cinnamon sticks.
  3. Pour the hot water over the tea bags and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into the sugar and juice mix. Discard the cinnamon sticks and cloves that you strained out.
  5. Add 2 quarts of water in immediately, then add more water until you get the taste you’d like.
  6. Add the remaining 2 cinnamon sticks to the tea and cover the slow cooker. Cook on low until heated through.
  7. To garnish, slice an orange into thin slices, then halve or quarter them if you’d like. Push a whole clove into the orange slice and place it in the cup on top of the tea.
  8. You can also serve the tea from the slow cooker. You can decorate the top with orange slices.