I have finally finished summer school! Relaxation and summer-time have officially begun! Nothing says relaxation like a nice pitcher of iced tea.
Here is a little backstory on the recipe I am sharing with you today: So, my mom recently bought rose syrup from the Indian store. Rose syrup is a Middle Eastern flavoring syrup that you can use for so many things. It was a childhood favorite of mine. Back when I was not lactose-intolerant I used to mix in a little bit of rose syrup with milk. The syrup itself tastes like roses (floral notes with a hint of sweetness), its not too sweet BUT a little goes a long way! It was absolutely delicious and cooling during the summer heat. I have not had this in years and when my mom brought it back into the house, I could not wait to experiment with it!
You can simply use the syrup in any milk of your choice or you can get creative! I deicided to take some summer iced tea flavors and infuse them together with this rose syrup. Here is my new summer-time iced tea recipe:
- Tazo Passion Herbal Tea
- Your favorite black tea
- Rose Syrup (Rooh Afza) ***
- clementines or oranges
- fresh mint leaves
*** I buy Hamdard’s Rooh Afza rose syrup from the Indian store. You can look up any Indian store or international market to find this syrup. I tried to find it online but it is SUPER expensive so I would suggest finding a local Indian store or international market.
Directions: (makes one 32 oz pitcher)
- Brew one Passion tea bag and two black tea bags together in an 8 oz mug and let it cool still keeping the tea bags in the water.
- Once it is room temperature, remove the teabags and stir in 2 tablespoons of rose syrup into the ice tea concentrate.
- Put it in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
- Fill a 32oz with the iced tea concentrate , ice, mint leaves, orange slices, and cold water.
- Add more rose syrup to taste, if needed. Enjoy!
The amazing part of this recipe is that you can tailor it to your own tastebuds. I always like to have more black tea flavors than passion tea, but you can tweek the recipe and make it perfect for your summer!
I hope you all enjoy this iced tea and I look forward to hearing about your renditions of this recipe!
Talk to you all next week!
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All the Best,
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