I had been trying out mixing iced Casablanca tea (from Silk Road) with different drinks, and this concoction came out of realizing I only had a small amount of iced Casablanca left, along with less than a glass of orange juice left in the fridge too.
My first thought was to mix the two together… after all, I’d enjoyed the virgin tea mojito a day or two earlier. Then I realized the flavors I would be mixing – mint and orange. For anyone who has brushed his or her teeth, and then had a glass of orange juice, this is NOT a nice combination. I gave it a try anyways, and was pleasantly surprised.
Mixing 2 parts tea with one part orange juice, the result was more like drinking a nectarine than orange juice, mint tea, or green tea at all. It was both fruity and minty – but the flavors didn’t compete at all.
Turns out that orange mint tea isn’t that unusual at all. Here’s a recipe I found on about.com in their Southern Food section.
Orange Mint tea
- 2 cups water
- 2 tea bags
- 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 cups orange juice
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; remove from heat. Add tea bags, mint leaves, and sugar; let stand 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Transfer to a large pitcher; stir in orange juice and lemon juice. chill thoroughly before serving.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Blogger A Bird and a Bean also has a recipe for Orange Mint Green tea – and for a more adult version, check out Joy the Baker’s Sweet Tea Bourbon cocktails. (Can’t you just smell the freshly cut grass and feel the sunshine on your skin?)
Casablanca is definitely moving up my ‘must buy again’ list, if for nothing else but it’s versatility!
Do you have any suggestions about what I can blog about in the upcoming summer months? Let me know in the comment below!