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These colorful "swizzle sticks" of fruit add a festive touch to any iced tea beverage, but are particularly beautiful in the ginger green tea. From Malabar Trading.
- 8 cups fresh water, hot
- 4 cups fresh water, cool
- 1⁄4 cup sugar, to taste (or honey, agave syrup)
- 3 inches fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 5 tablespoons green tea (Cloud and Mist, Zhen Mee or Apricot Green)
- sugar (optional) or honey, to taste (optional)
- wooden skewer
- mango, cut into chunks
- kiwi fruit, cut into pieces
- melon ball
- lime, quartered
- orange strip (zest)
- ice cube
- In a large saucepan, combine hot water, sugar and ginger. Bring mixture to the boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add green tea an stir; let stand, covered, for 3 minutes. Sweeten to taste, if desired. Stir in cool water.
- Pour liquid through fine mesh strainer into 1-gallon pitcher or punch bowl. (Discard ginger and tea leaves.) Cover; cool 1 hour or chill until ready to serve. Garnish with fruit skewes.
- Fruit Skewers: On a 12-inch wooden skewer, alternate fruits, lime quarters, and orange peel strips. Place skewer inside pitcher or punch bowl as a decorative swizzle stick. Use 6 inch wooden skewers for individual servings.