This month’s Recipe ReDux is all about tea. Our members are cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes. And I really did have a great (really cool, even ice creamy or sorbet-like) creation in mind. But time got the best of me, so you’ll just have to wait – I promise I’ll share something really creative with tea, but just not today. Today I’m sharing iced tea. I know, yawwwn.
This isn’t just any iced tea, and it certainly doesn’t come from a can. Citrus Spiked Chai Sun Tea is simple to make, and delicious to sip on a hot summer day. If you’ve never had it, Chai tea is sweet and spicy, and full of antioxidants. It commonly includes spices like cardamom, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger, which are considered “warming spices” in Chinese medicine, and have lots of health benefits.
I think Chai spices complement citrus flavors just perfectly, and when served over ice, this tea transports you to a warm place (in case that’s not where you are), and keeps you nice and cool. It’s nice to have sun to make sun tea, but any bright windowsill will actually do. I’ll confess, I do the tea bag short cut version of iced sun tea, but if you’re feeling like you really want to make Chai from scratch, this recipe from Mireya at My Healthy Eating Habits will satisfy your creative urge.
- 15 Chai tea bags
- 3 quarts cold water + 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
Fill a gallon jar or clear pitcher with 3 quarts of cold water, and add tea bags (I like to tie all of the bags at the top and drop them in together).
Sit jar or pitcher in a bright or sunny window for 1-2 hours.
Meanwhile, cut fruit in half, and remove peel from one half of each piece. Be sure to remove any white pith from the peel. Slice unpeeled fruit halves and reserve if desired, to add to the pitcher.
Bring additional 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan, add sugar and citrus peel. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Remove peel from sugar water, and let cool.
When tea is brewed to the desired color, squeeze juice from orange, lemon and lime to the pitcher or jar, and add sliced fruit if desired.
Refrigerate until cold.
Citrus simple sugar can be added all at once to the pitcher, or stored in a separate container and used to sweeten each glass as desired.
Serve over ice, and store in the refrigerator.
Have you ever had Chai tea? Hot or cold? Make sure you check out the other fabulous tea creations brewed up by members of The Recipe ReDux!
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