Al Amir's Middle Eastern Tea (Hot or Iced)

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@Celestina9000

My copycat version of Al Amir restaurant's hot/iced tea. I volunteered the rosewater/orange blossom water to the iced tea; it's optional though. Everything is estimated. Rearrange ingredient amounts if desired. If you are using loose tea leaves place them in a tea infuser or muslin cloth.


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Serves:

Varies

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

HOT TEA:

6 c
boiling water, approximately
4
black tea bags or loose tea (i used an aged earl grey by numiā„¢)
1 tsp
dried mint
3-4
whole cardamom pods
1/4 tsp
anise seeds

ICED TEA:

6
black tea bags
3-4 sprig(s)
fresh mint
3-4
whole cardamom pods
1/4 tsp
anise seeds
2 Tbsp
good quality honey, to taste

FOR FINISHING:

fresh mint, for garnish
honey or other sweetener, to taste
rosewater or orange blossom water (for the iced tea version)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
DIRECTIONS FOR HOT TEA: Boil about 6 cups of water. Lightly crush the cardamom and anise seeds in a pestle and mortar or with the back of a spoon. Place the spices in a tea infuser or wrap up in a small piece of muslin cloth.
2
Place tea bags in a heatproof container. Add the spices then the boiling water. Steep for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.

Serve with honey or sugar on the side.
3
DIRECTIONS FOR ICED TEA: Boil the water and while it boils prepare the spices as indicated in Step #1.
4
Add the spices and tea bags to a heatproof container. Add the honey. Pour the boiling water into the container and allow tea to steep 10 minutes.
5
Remove the tea bags and allow tea to cool about 15-20 minutes.
6
Place the sprigs of fresh mint and about 2 cups of ice cubes in the tea.
7
Pour into individual drinking glasses with a fresh mint leaf floating in each serving. Optional: If desired, add approximately 1/4 teaspoon of rose water and/or orange blossom water to each serving of ICED TEA.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy