Have you heard of cold brew coffee? Well, cold steeped tea is an equivalent that you can make easily customizable at home. Cold steeped tea (cold brew tea) is a method very similar to making a tradition cup of tea, but with the water heating process removed. Cold steeped tea is often confused with iced tea, but the two are different though equally refreshing.
Cold steeping tea gives a light-bodied flavor and is incredibly easy to make, with just about any variation of flavor a possibility. Cold steeped teas can be made in as little as two hours, or if you prefer a bolder flavor, up to 12. This recipe calls for 12-24 hours of cold steeping for best results and flavor profile. Spices and almonds are pan toasted for an addled layer of taste in this recipe, making it a great holiday elixir to serve up. Read on for Dr. Igor’s Blood Orange Gin-spired Cold Steeped Tea!
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Blood Orange Gin-spired Cold Steeped Tea with Fresh Plums
Total: 12-24 hours
Prep: 3 minutes
Makes: 8 cups
- 2 blood oranges, sliced, skins on
- 2 black or red plums, de-seeded and sliced
- 2 strips of lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon of loose leaf orange hibiscus based tea leaves, in a tea bag
- 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons of juniper berries
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of blanched almonds
1.) Toast the coriander, juniper, star anise, cinnamon and almonds in a small pan for 3 minutes on medium, careful not to burn the spices. Add a cup of water, bring to a boil, then turn the heat off and let it steep for 10 minutes.
2.) Gather the rest of ingredients, place them in an 8 cup mason jar or pitcher, and top it off with cold filtered water. Strain the spice mixture tea into the mason jar once it has cooled a bit.
3.) Store it in the refrigerator for 12 hours minimum and up to 24 hours for best results.
- Blood oranges are high in vitamins A and C, they are also packed with anthocyanin and antioxidant compounds that effectively fight off free radicals.
- Plums may relieve constipation, aid in digestion and relieve stomach pain.
- Juniper berries in traditional medicine were commonly used to treat diabetics. Juniper berries may help reduce blood sugar levels and increase heart-protective HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Coriander seeds are rich in vitamin K, C, B along with antioxidants and other minerals which are all beneficial skin and hair health
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