I never really liked ice tea. Possibly because I first tried the canned version. After that I never bothered to order it in a restaurant. I almost always choose my beloved coke anyway. However this one time, I was dining at Chili’s with my family, and after 3 consecutive days of drinking coke twice a day, I felt that I had to choose something healthier. On their menu, they serve ice tea in different flavors. I chose blackberry. I expected a regular glass of ice tea. But oh no, not this! This came with an adorable little jug of blackberry syrup; which meant that I could decide the concentration and sweetness I wanted. I was in love! So this post is inspired by that idea. And also because I was trying to make a drink for my sanding sugar uses post. Two birds with one stone people!
Ingredients: For 1
Duration: not more than 30 minutes
Black tea – 2 cups
Ice cubes – as needed
Orange cardamom syrup:
Orange juice – freshly squeezed, one whole orange
Orange zest – half an orange
Sugar – 3 or 4 tbsp.
Green cardamom – 2 pods, seeds removed and crushed
Zest half an orange with a grater and then juice the orange. If using shop bought juice, I’d say use about 1 cup.
To remove the cardamom seeds from the pod, crush the pods with a pestle or the blade of a heavy knife like so:
Remove the seeds; bruise them slightly to release the flavors.
Place the orange juice, zest and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. It should become glossy and syrupy. Add the cardamom powder and boil for 30 seconds. Take off the heat and pour into a pretty little jug. Or bottle. Or bowl. Whatever you want guys!
Garnish: Spread the sugar on a plate. Rub the rim of the glass with a wedge of lemon or orange (I don’t like wastage, so I used the leftovers from the orange juice. Plus, I was too lazy to slice anymore ;)). Dip the rim in the sugar and tap away the excess. I did not, so mine looks messy. But isn’t the messy look a style too nowadays? Yeah, my glasses be stylish :P.
Drink: Place the ice cubes in the glass. Pour the tea on top of it. (I poured hot tea on the ice, and it immediately chilled the tea. This means that I didn’t even have to wait for the tea to cool down :D). Fill the glass ¾ of the way. Now pour as much syrup as you want in it. The sweeter you want it, the more you’ll need. I used the whole lot. Because I love oranges. Love, love, love them! Just the smell makes me happy.
Perfect drink for a perfect summer day!
If you happen to try out other flavours, let me know how it worked out!
Happy experimenting, guys!