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.
1DIRECTIONS 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.
2Place 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.
3DIRECTIONS FOR ICED TEA: Boil the water and while it boils prepare the spices as indicated in Step #1.
4Add 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.
5Remove the tea bags and allow tea to cool about 15-20 minutes.
6Place the sprigs of fresh mint and about 2 cups of ice cubes in the tea.
7Pour 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.