Mimi's Vegan Kitchen: Iced tea, 2 ways

June 26, 2017

I was sitting in front of my keyboard thinking about ways to start this… and then I realized that as you’re reading this the glare from the bright sun will be bothering you from one side and the sand from your friend’s feet will be bothering you from another. All you want to do is just close your eyes, put your headphones on and snooze to the sound of the waves… that is why I’ll keep this short and sweet!

I love iced tea and as much as I like going out and try all the tropical flavors, I find that they’re always loaded with refined sugar, an evil substance that comes in many forms, and one that I try to avoid. So, here are two healthier iced tea recipes, one is inspired by a recent trip I took to Nepal (we used to have warm lemon ginger honey to combat the cold in the mountains) and the other is inspired by… well, I saw some cinnamon sticks on the kitchen counter and that’s how it came about!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 1 glass

 

Ingredients

Ginger Lemon Honey Iced Tea

  • Fresh ginger root (a slice that’s about the size of your index and middle fingers)

  • 2 lemons

  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave syrup

  • 1 cup of water + ice cubes

 

Cinnamon Clove Iced Tea

  • ½ tsp of loose black tea

  • 5-8 cloves

  • 1 stick of cinnamon (you can alternatively use ½ tsp of ground cinnamon)

  • 2-3 anise stars (optional)

  • 1 tbsp of honey or agave syrup

  • 1 cup of water + ice cubes

Directions

For the Ginger Lemon Honey Iced Tea

Step 1: Slice the ginger and add to a small pot with the cup of water. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes (the water will change color to a light golden color)

Step 2: Remove from heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes then squeeze the lemon juice into the ginger tea and stir the honey in as well.

Step 3: Pour everything in a cocktail shaker (or a jar with a tight lid) and top off with some ice cubes. Shake shake shake and voila!*

You can serve your iced tea on some ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices.

 

For the Cinnamon Clove Iced Tea

Step 1: Gather cinnamon, cloves and tea in a pot and cover with the water. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.**

Step 2: Remove from heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes and then stir the honey in.

Step 3: Again, pour everything in a cocktail shaker and top off with some ice cubes. Shake shake shake and voila!

You can serve your iced tea on some ice cubes and garnish with a cinnamon stick and anise stars.

 

* Please be careful with this step because if the tea is too hot, the lid will possibly fly off as you shake and it will cause a mess and possibly burn you. To avoid this, either stir in the ice cubes to cool the liquid down a bit or you can leave it to cool down for 5 minutes before you put the lid on and shake it!

** Push the cinnamon stick down (mash it) with a fork midway or when it softens so it can release more of the flavor.

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