Two for Tea
I’ve been pretty busy this week with a dear friend’s birthday, and another dear friends wedding…more to come on this. Someone told me recently that they often picture me in my kitchen hovering over a caldron, so for that I give you this:
Pomegranate Iced Tea with Orange Blossom Water
I came across some Yogi Pomegranate Green Tea in the supermarket today. You’ve got to love tea that includes a yoga pose, or sana if you want to get fancy. I like yogi teas, for all those little sayings on the tag of the tea bag–like fortune cookies. Experience is Wisdom or Its not Life that is important, but the courage we bring to it. It like having Yoda in every steamy cup.
Being that its summer I enjoy making homemade ice tea from time to time and there is nothing that brings a fresh zest to tea like Orange Blossom Water. Like Rose water its made from distilling the petals of orange blossoms in water. Both Rose water and Orange Blossom water can be found at Whole Foods, or any grocery store with a decent eastern foods selection. Orange blossom water is a flavoring featured in many eastern dishes from India, to Iran as well as France and here in the US.
I like to pair Orange Blossoms with other fruity teas, raspberry being one. Pomegranate in this case seemed like the proper pair as not only is Orange Blossom water and Eastern treat, but pomegranates are as well. Some historians think that the “apple” Eve picked in the garden of Eden was a Pomegranate…in short this tea will make you smarter…or get you and your boyfriend kicked out of a great party.
To make the Tea:
Steep 6-8 bags in 2.5 liters of hot water. The more the tea the stronger the drink. The ratio is up to you.
Steep for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon (or more if you really love the taste) of Orange Blossom Water.
Place in the fridge when at room temperature (putting hot stuff in your fridge makes it have to work harder to keep the temp cool–aka huge waste of engery.)
I like to pour the cooling liquid over ice and shake (take that Starbucks!) and add a teaspoon or two of sugar or agave nectar to add a hint of sweetness.
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