Recipe by ThatSouthernBelle
Found this on appetiteforchina.com, which adapted this recipe from Food & Wine.
Top Review by momaphet
This was so different from anything I ususally make but it was good. The anise is interesting with the cherry (I subbed reg anise seed and a pinch of all spice), but not entirely to my taste, I think I'd prefer to leave it out. Made for the Comfort Cafe July 09
- 2 quarts water
- 1 lb fresh black cherries, rinsed and pitted
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 2 whole star anise
- 5 black tea bags, steeped in
- 2 cups water
- mint sprig (to garnish)
Directions See How It's Made
- Bring water to boil in a medium-sized pot.
- Add cherries, sugar, lemon juice, and star anise.
- Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cherries are almost falling apart.
- Turn off heat, mix in black tea, and let stand for 1 hour to cool.
- Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve, mashing the cherries with a wooden spoon to extract more liquid.
- Discard solids.
- Transfer liquid to a pitcher and refridgerate until ready to serve.