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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10 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • HOT TEA:

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

  • 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

  • ·
    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)


  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.

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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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