Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
It's been quite warm these last few weeks and this tea hits the spot! From Offbeat and Inspired blog, found on Pinterest. Enjoy!
- 8 cups water
- 8 tea bags (I use a basic decaf black tea)
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zest of
- In a medium pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
- Once the water boils, add the tea bags and remove from heat.
- Let the tea steep for 4 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and let the brewed tea cool.
- Once the tea is cooled, add the orange-cinnamon syrup. Mix thoroughly. Transfer to a serving pitcher and add ice.
- Serve and enjoy!
- To Make the Syrup:.
- In a small saucepan, mix the water, orange juice and sugar. Add the cinnamon sticks and orange zest.
- Turn heat to medium-high. Stir mixture frequently until it comes to a boil.
- Once the mixture boils and the sugar has dissolved, remove saucepan from the heat.
- Allow the sugar mixture to cool. It will thicken a bit once cooled.
- Strain mixture to remove cinnamon sticks and any large pieces of orange zest.
- Add cooled sweetener to brewed tea.
A very refreshing flavorful beverage. I normally don't sweeten my iced tea, however this brought back childhood memories of sitting in lawn chairs at my grandparent's farmette. My grandmother made iced tea in a similar way. Thanks for the memoies! Made for Veg 'n Swap tag.
I used basic Tetleys tea and Splenda in place of the sugar. The recipe made a lovely refreshing glass of iced tea with a not too strong orange flavor. I'm sure that everyone (who likes iced tea's) will enjoy this delightful version of the always needed summer iced tea. Thanks Sharon for another keeper. :D