What is Friendship Tea?

Friendship Tea is a dry instant tea mix that is usually kept in a container or plastic bag, and given away to family and friends. It is sometimes called Russian Friendship Tea. The tea mix may contain spices or other dry drink mixes. Friendship tea is usually mixed with boiling water to produce a hot drink, but it can also be poured over ice to make iced tea. Most friendship teas end up being sweeter than traditional teas, due to the added sugar and other sweet ingredients, but this depends on the recipe.

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Friendship Tea is a great, inexpensive way to give gifts to family, make new friends, or just socialize with a book club or church group. Many people will drink tea if it's sweet enough, so it's important to put some kind of sugar or sweetener into the mix, especially when meeting new acquaintances.


One great way to meet new people by using friendship tea is to host a Friendship Tea Party. These parties can be like traditional tea parties or casual get-togethers. The main difference is that everyone who attends should bring their own special friendship tea mix, with the tea recipes printed out for each person to take home.


For better tasting friendship tea mix, a quality instant tea should be purchased. The mix will stay good for several weeks, as long as it is kept in an air-tight container. For a little extra zest, some red-hot cinnamon flavored candies can be added to the mix.