Cup and saucer with tea and bagels with a samovar at the back
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Russian Tea Recipe

Traditional Russian tea is made in a Samovar. You can use any tea for making the concentrate. Just add hot water later for a quick cup of tea.
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time3 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: Russian Tea
Appliance: Tea Strainer, Teapot, Kettle
Servings: 7 people
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 4 tbsp tea leaves heaped
  • Water for brewing
  • 1 tsp honey, lemon or jam optional


  • To make the tea concentrate (zavarka in Russian), add the tea leaves to a teapot and add water. The water should be just enough to soak the leaves, plus a bit extra. The amount of tea leaves can be adjusted according to taste. 
  • Let the tea leaves brew for 10-15 mins. The leaves should float to the surface of the soaking water. 
  • To drink, pour out as much concentrate as you want in a teacup and add hot water to dilute it.
  • Add honey, lemon or jam to the tea for flavor, if desired.
    Russian samovar with bagels and cups of tea


Although this recipe specifies 7 servings, it would depend on how strong you like yoru tea. The more tea leaves you use for the concentrate and the longer you brew the tea, the stronger will be your brew. You can later adjust this by diluting the brew as per taste.