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Black Tea and Orange Cooler

Refreshing Orange Ice Tea
This is the Farmers Market Week series and today we are talking oranges. Out of huge variety of oranges available in farmer’s market these days; navels, nectarines and blood oranges are my favorite. I adore blood oranges for immense health benefits but these are available for only a short period in summer. I mean, after July, even if you find blood oranges on farmer’s stand, it will be pretty darn costly. So, I mostly bring home Nectarines and Navels. Other than adding oranges to salads and baking, Orange black ice tea is my favorite way to incorporate, a good serving of fruit and black tea antioxidants, to our daily diet. To tell you the truth, I need a cup of hot tea - I mean really bubbling cup of tea - to get me going for the day where as my husband is ok with even a glass of juice. Since, I am making breakfast every morning, my husband end up having tea too. But, since I started making Orange Ice Tea for breakfast, he always looks forward to a nice break from hot tea in morning.
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Refreshing Orange Ice Tea

Refreshing Orange Ice Tea
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Black Tea  (Tazo Tea or English Breakfast)
  • 2 Oranges  (Navel or nectarines - Juice One and half oranges and keep half orange for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp Honey  
  • 2 Cup Water  

Directions

  • 1. Steep Tea - Bring water to a rolling boil, for strong black tea, I always add tea leaves and let it boil for 8-10 minutes. You can also insert 2 tea bags in hot water, switch off the heat and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
  • 2. Filter Tea and Juice Oranges - Use a strainer to remove leaves from tea and set aside to cool down. While tea is cooling down (about 5 minutes), juice 1 and half oranges. (You can also strain juice if you prefer). Slice the remaining half orange into 4 slices for garnish.
  • 3. Mix - Once the tea is completely at room temperature, mix in the orange juice and honey and stir well to combine.
  • 4. Serve - To server, place two oranges slices in tall glasses, while carefully pushing them towards sides of glass, pour in 5-6 ice cubes in glass to keep orange slices in place. Pour orange tea into the glasses and serve immediately.
Savita's Notes:
Orange zest has lot of flavor and its has good essential oils which help lower the cholesterol and also to have good value for the bucks spent in groceries, I never let the orange zest go waste. I always zest the oranges before juicing and freeze it for later use. You can use zest to flavor oils, stocks and stews also.

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