Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Russian Tea Gone Bad

I got a Russian Tea recipe from my sister-in-law many years ago look forward to having it on hand each winter.
I make quart jars of it, decorate it, and add it to a basket of Christmas cookies or orange cranberry nut bread.
Friends love it.

Here is the recipe:
16 oz. Tang
¾-cup Instant Tea w/lemon
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Cloves
Mix all ingredients in a sealed jar. Use 2 tsp. of the mix in 8 oz. of hot water.

It is a wonderful hot drink if it is made properly.

My dear friend Debra, hosted an OWC (Officer’s Wives Club) coffee group in her home one early January evening. I was the current President of the Marine Officer’s Wives Club and came to help.

My contribution was a crock pot of Russian Tea.
I knew I had the ingredients in various kitchen cabinets. But, I am terrible for placing food items in zip lock bags without labeling them, so when I found the zip bag of sugar, I thought, why open the 5 pound bag, since this is the amount I need.

The Russian tea smelled wonderful- all those cinnamon sticks and cloves floating on the top for extra sensory effect.
It was placed on the buffet with tall mugs, and everyone began filling their plates and mugs of tea.
My Russian Tea was the talk of the group- they couldn’t wait to partake.

I walked into the kitchen and saw several mugs lining the sink and wondered why they were already there.

I overheard one woman as she took a sip and say “This is really salty. Is this supposed to taste like this?”

I quickly sampled some drink and realized that I had used a zip bag that held salt instead of sugar.

How embarrassing!

I took the crock-pot, dumped it into the sink, apologized profusely to the ladies, was mortified in front of my friend and made a quick exit to the grocery store for apple cider.

I heated apple cider and served the drinks with many sighs of thanks.

My zip bags now have labels.

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Have a wonderful, great tasting food day. Gobble gobble.

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