Black Tea and Orange Cooler

Refreshing Orange Ice Tea
Diet Info: DF GF F LF Na LS VG V Fa
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 Cuisine American Category 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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