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



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


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


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

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


  • 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.

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

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

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