This is my new summer drink!! Absolutely refreshing with great flavor and so easy to make.
The drink was inspiration from Food Network's, Aarti Sequeira, who had a friend stationed in Kuwait that turned her on to cinnamon-flavored tea.
The tea is rich and perfumey and will be an absolute hit with your family and friends. Make it today and quench that summer thirst.
Kuwaiti Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea
From Aarti Sequeira
For the tea:
2 large pieces of orange peel, plus orange slices for garnish
1 large or 2 small cinnamon stick(s), plus more for garnish
8 black tea bags
For the syrup:
1 cup sugar
6 quarter-size coins peeled ginger, chopped
6 sprigs fresh mint
Make the tea: Combine 8 cups water, the orange peel and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil. Add the tea bags and turn off the heat. Let steep for about 5 minutes (no more or it will be bitter), then remove the tea bags and chill the tea; don't remove the cinnamon stick or the orange peel yet.
Meanwhile, make the syrup: Combine 1 cup water, the sugar and ginger in a small saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil without stirring. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Rip the mint leaves and stalks into pieces and drop them into the syrup. Let cool to room temperature. Strain the syrup, discarding the ginger and mint.
Strain the tea into a pitcher. Add the mint syrup and stir. Serve in a tall glass over ice and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
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