I like my iced tea to be a blend of subtle flavors. Fruity but not too sweet. Spicy but not overwhelmingly so. And the flavor and aroma of the tea must be pronounced but in such a way that it doesn’t inundate the taste buds. Hence, this orange and ginger iced tea.
This is an example of flavored tea. It is not a mere herbal infusion because the final mixture contains brewed tea leaves. For a more detailed explanation, read “Herbal Tea is Not Real Tea; Neither is Tisane“.
To make orange and ginger iced tea, you will need two infusions. First, slice some ginger and simmer in about three cups of water for about 20 minutes with strips of orange zest. Strain and cool.
Meanwhile, make a pot of tea, preferable using loose tea leaves. I recommend oolong (black) tea because green tea is too subtle and its flavors will be lost once mixed with the ginger and orange. I also recommend that you add mint leaves to your tea. Steep, strain and cool.
Squeeze the juice from two to three oranges. Pour into a pitcher along with the cooled ginger brew and tea. Add ice cubes, enough honey to taste and serve.
Orange and Ginger Iced Tea
- 1 one-inch knob ginger
- 2 to 3 oranges
- 2 teaspoons loose leaf oolong tea
- honey to taste
- 4 sprigs mint leaves torn
- ice cubes
- orange slices to garnish (optional)
Make the ginger infusion
Zest the orange.
Slice the ginger.
Simmer the ginger and orange zest in three cups of water for 20 minutes.
Cool and strain.
Brew the tea
Warm the pot and cups by pouring in hot water then throwing it out.
Place the tea leaves in the pot. Pour in hot water then throw out the water once more.
Again, pour in hot water and steep for two to three minutes. Strain and cool.
Slice the orange and add to the strained tea. Cool.
Make the iced tea
Pour the cooled mixtures into a pitcher.
Squeeze the juice from the oranges and stir in.
Add the mint leaves.
Stir in enough honey to reach the level of sweetness you prefer.
Stir in ice cubes and serve.