To kick off my food blog I’ll be reviewing a drink. I was craving this tea so I had to make it. The ingredients include: black tea, sugar(you can substitute honey, agave nectar, etc.), mint, lemongrass, a cinnamon stick, lime, pineapple juice and ice.
Depending on your taste for sweetness this tea is 100% versatile. I prefer an even balance of the sweetness with the black tea but if I am adding a liquor to make it a mixed drink(will review later) I want more of that sweetness. All that said in sure you are wondering how it turned out.
My mouth is happy; exactly what I was craving. I am refreshed and happy with the result. It could use a bit more mint or perhaps I should have muddled it with some line juice to add some tang. Something to try next time, as I will be making this again. The aftertaste is both complex and satisfying; leaving me wanting more but only for the taste, my thirst is quenched.
I highly recommend making this tea and playing with the recipe to fit your liking. Instead of plain black tea perhaps use a fruity black tea; use honey instead of sugar or substitute a different fruit juice. However you decide to execute it be sure to make plenty. As for me, I am pouring another glass and adding some rum to mix things up.
Oh! Rum is nice, adds just the right amount of adult.
Water 4 Cups (1 quart)
Black Tea Bags 10
Lemongrass Stalk 1
Cinnamon Stick 1
Fresh Mint 2 bunches, divided
chilled 100% pineapple juice (no added sugar) 4 Cups
Sugar 1/3 Cup
Fresh Lime Juice 1/4 Cup (About 4 limes)
Directions: 1. Bring water to a boil. Add tea, cover partially, and let steep about 8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, trim the ends off the lemongrass, and cut the stalk into 2-inch pieces. Cut each 2-inch piece in half lengthwise then bruise by lightly hitting with the back of a wooden spoon.
3. Once the tea has steeped, discard the tea, add lemongrass, cinnamon, and mint (minus about 6 to 8 stems youʼll want to reserve for garnish) and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
4. Add enough ice to make 4 1/2 cups of tea, then stir in the pineapple juice, and sugar or honey. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 2 hours.
5. Once the tea is cold, discard the cinnamon, lemongrass, and mint and stir in the lime juice. Taste and adjust with more lime juice or sugar as desired.
6. Serve iced tea over ice and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.