Spiced Apple Iced Tea

This year for Mother’s Day, I threw a lunch for my mum (my siblings helped). She always cooks big feasts for our birthdays so I decided it was finally time to return the favour (shame on me for waiting so long).  Part of my Mother’s Day feast was a super delicious apple iced tea.  So when Father’s Day swung around last Sunday, I decided I’d make some more. It was a beautiful Spring day and we were having a banquet outdoors in the sunshine. The perfect occasion for iced tea.

My mum decided to hold a Turkish-inspired feast in honour of their upcoming trip to Turkey, so I decided to add a twist to the tea I made last time by throwing in a few spices.

So, how did I make it?

I started by brewing a big pot of Sencha Sensation tea from T2 in a coffee plunger.  You can use any type of green tea, just remember that green tea brews best at 80 degrees. You can also use a teapot; I just used giant coffee plunger because I was making such a large volume.

Because there was so much of it, I left my tea brewing while I worked on other things.

I chopped up one green apple and one red apple into little pieces.

I also sliced a blood orange (use a normal orange if blood oranges are out of season). I placed the apples and orange in a bowl with the brewed tea.

Then, I added about two cups of apple juice and threw in a clove, a couple of cinnamon sticks and a star anise.

Finally I added a handful of mint and placed the bowl in the fridge to cool down.

When it was time to serve lunch, I placed a tray’s worth of ice cubes  into a glass jug and poured in my tea, ready to serve.

And that’s it!

This tea is so easy to make and incredibly refreshing. It was enjoyed by everyone around my table – both the spiced and non-spiced versions.

Would I make it again? Definitely.