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Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea

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. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea, Iced Tea, Sweet Tea
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
chilling 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 99kcal
Author Cathy

Ingredients

For the tea:

  • 8 cups water
  • 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
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 quarter-size coins peeled ginger, chopped
  • 6 sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.4g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 0.6mg | Potassium: 14.2mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1.4IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 0.4mg | Iron: 1.1mg