I love all teas: black, green, herbal and all manner of homemade concoctions, provided they are served hot. Iced tea wasn't my thing. I tried a few of the ready made versions that you can buy in cans, but they've all been sickly sweet. And I was pretty ok with missing out on the iced tea buzz. During the summer if I wanted a cold caffeine fix, I'd reach for my beloved iced coffee. And I love iced coffee. But then earlier this summer, a few people randomly mentioned how much they love orange and mint iced tea. Predicatably enough, mention of iced tea starting popping up everywhere. If I wasn't convinced that our phones listen to our real-life conversations before, I am now.
With iced tea invading my timelines, I decided to try it for myself and orange and mint was as good a place as any to start. I love orange, mint and tea so all three together over ice, now that's a drink I can surely get behind. And get behind it I did. I love it and have been making it pretty regularly. Today I prettied it up a little, took some pics and now I'm blogging it. My recommendation: serve the tea al fresco for a delicious afternoon refreshment. You are in for quite a treat. PS: I know finding the time to make your own tea is a bit of a luxury these days, but it is so nice to do from time to time. There's something quite soothing about brewing up your own concoction and it really is much less effort than it sounds.
Keep scrolling for the recipe for my Orange & Mint Iced Tea xx
Orange & Mint Iced Tea
(serves 6-8 portions)
5 tea bags
1.5 litres of boiling water
1 tbsp coconut sugar
4-5 sprigs of fresh mint
Cut the orange into thin slices. Place half of the orange slices in a large saucepan with the tea bags. Add 1.5 litres of boiling water and heat for three minutes. Add the coconut sugar, stir and heat for another 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and strain into a jug. Discard the used tea bags and orange slices.
Allow to cool slightly before serving. To serve, add three ice cubes to each glass along with 2 slices of orange. Pour the tea over the ice cubes and add a sprig of mint to finish.
Allow any leftover tea to cool before storing it in a glass airtight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours.