This recipe was posted in response for Russian Tea using "real" ingredients. I have not tried this yet but it sounds lovely. It came from the Iced Tea book by Fred Thompson. Since Russian tea has cinnamon in it you could add a cinnamon stick to the infusing process.
- Combine the cloves with two cups of water in a small saucepan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat and let cloves steep for at least 45 minutes, preferably 1 hour.
- Bring two cups of the remaining water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the tea bags, cover and remove from heat.
- Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags with out squeezing them.
- Squeezing them will release more tannins into your tea and make it bitter.
- Strain the clove water into a 2 quart container.
- Add the steeped tea, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the remaining 4 cups of water and stir to combine.
- Let cool.
- then chill and serve over ice.
Perfect timing because it's already so darn hot that today I told my husband I'm on fire. He responded that he's always thought so.
This was very refreshing Wenstar and well worth the time spent! I followed your advice and added some cinnamon however didn't have a stick so used around a teaspoon of dried cinnamon. I wondered how long it would be OK to keep it in the refrigerator and found a few references to three days, so because I have to go away most of this week popped a glasses covered in wrap in the freezer which should make a nice refreshment after pulling out for an hour or so.
I made exactly as directed, and felt it had too strong of a taste of cloves. I've never had russian tea before so I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to taste. It wasn't bad tasting, it had a refreshing "clean" taste to it but next time I think I will cut back on the amount of cloves as well as the sugar it was a tad too sweet for our tastebuds, we all ended up diluting it with water. Still very good though, we will give it another go to give us more options for iced tea. :-) Great post.