Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea is not your typical backyard barbecue sweet tea, it's so much better! This next level iced tea uses cinnamon and ginger to highlight the sweetness of the added sugar and bring to the life the light, citrus undertones.
2large pieces of orange peel, plus orange slices for garnish
1large or 2 small cinnamon stick(s), plus more for garnish
8 black tea bags
For the syrup:
6quarter-size coins peeled ginger, chopped
6sprigs of fresh mint
To make the tea, combine water, orange peel and cinnamon stick(s) in a medium sized saucepan over low heat; bring to a boil. Add the tea bags and turn off the heat. Let the tea steep for only 5 minutes (any longer and it will be bitter). Remove the tea bags and chill the tea (don't remove the cinnamon stick or the orange peel yet). It's also a good idea to pour the tea into a vessel that is not warm.
Make the syrup by combining 1 cup water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil without stirring. Once boiling, turn off the heat. Tear 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.