Blood orange iced tea is a refreshing drink perfect for hot summer days. Tasty, fresh, and thirst-quenching. And because you add fresh fruit juice with vitamin C!
Blood orange has a beautiful dark red color, and that is reflected in this iced tea. And it is very easy to make. Make a delicious tea, sweeten it, and add fresh blood orange juice. Let's get it ice-cold. Serve with lots of ice cubes, mint, and a delicious slice of blood orange.
Why another new iced tea recipe?
When I think of summer, I think of iced tea. It is a delicious thirst quencher; you can drink it any time of the day (and we like to do that). As you can see on the blog, I am a real fan of iced tea, and you can already see a delicious lime rose iced tea, an orange lemon iced tea, and a ginger iced tea.
But why another new iced tea recipe? Because iced tea is simply delicious and easy to make, you can experiment very well with new flavors and ingredients.
And not only that, making your iced tea is easy and much cheaper. You only need water, tea, and possibly some fruit or herbs to flavor the tea. And with that, you have a drink that is healthier than soft drinks or ready-made iced tea from the supermarket. You know exactly what's in it and can decide how sweet you want it to be.
Nice and refreshing iced tea with blood orange
So I came across blood oranges in the store. So I wanted to work with that. And that became this refreshing iced tea with a nice fruity twist. The blood orange gives the iced tea a beautiful color and a subtle, sweet taste. And that's why it's the perfect drink for the summer.
In short, this new blood orange recipe is tasty, refreshing, healthy, and easy to make. So why not try it? Who knows, this may become your new favorite summer drink!
What do you need for Blood Orange and Mint Iced Tea?
To prepare this Blood Orange Iced Tea, you require the following ingredients. You can find the correct amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the blog:
- Blood oranges: Known for their sweet, juicy taste with a bitter undertone (which the regular orange don't have). They are rich in vitamin C.
- Honey: For sweetening the tea.
- Green tea: Has a slightly bitter and earthy taste, yet you taste a slight sweetness.
- Mint Leaves: Add a delicious freshness to this iced blood orange tea.
How to prepare Refreshing Orange Ice Tea
You can find a printable recipe with a step-by-step description at the bottom of this blog.
- Boil water and mix it with honey. Place the tea bags in the water and let it steep for five minutes. Carefully remove the bags from the water, so the tannins are not released. Let the iced tea cool for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Meanwhile, squeeze the blood oranges and place them in the fridge to get cold.
- Pour the cooled tea into the blood oranges and refrigerate. Let cool for at least an hour.
- Put ice cubes, mint, and slices of blood orange in a glass and top up with the blood orange iced tea. Serve immediately.
Tips, Substitutions, and Variations
- Tea: Make sure you remove the tea bags carefully and do not squeeze them. Squeezing releases tangents that can make the tea bitter.
- You can also choose green tea for black tea, which has a stronger taste. A herbal or fruit tea is also a good variation. These are generally sweeter, so you need to add less sweetener.
- Also tasty: Put pomegranate or lemon slices in the iced tea glass. Not only does it look beautiful, but it gives an extra taste dimension.
You can use different types of tea for iced tea. Green, black, white, herbal, and fruit tea. The tea you select as a base gives an important flavor to the iced tea. It is good to remember that the taste of hot and cold tea is really different. Try for yourself which tea suits your drink best.
Of course, you can leave out the sugar, but you might not like the iced tea. Instead of iced green tea, you can use fruit or herbal tea as a base, which is a bit sweeter. And add some extra sweet fruit such as strawberries, melon, mango, or peach to make your iced tea sweeter. The fruit provides a natural sweetness and a delicious taste.
Cold brew tea is a popular way to make iced tea. The tea is steeped in cold water and refrigerated for several hours overnight. The advantages of cold brew tea are that it is less bitter than hot brewed tea and contains less caffeine. Plus, it's an easy way to make iced tea because you simply make it the night before, leave it in the fridge overnight, and enjoy it the next day.
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Blood Orange Iced Tea
Blood Orange Iced Tea
- 2 ¼ cup water
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 bags green tea
- 3 blood oranges squeezed, kept in the refrigerator
- Handful ice cubes
- 1 blood orange halved and sliced
- 2 sprigs mint leaves only
Ingredients you need per step are listed below the step in Italic
Blood orange iced tea
- Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat, and stir in the honey. Add the tea bags and let it steep for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the bags.2 ¼ cup water, 4 tablespoons honey, 2 bags green tea
- Let the tea cool for half an hour, and then put it in the iced tea carafe.
- Add the blood orange juice. Let cool in the fridge for at least an hour.3 blood oranges
- Put ice cubes, blood orange slices, and mint in a glass. Pour over the blood orange iced tea until the glass is full. Serve immediately.Handful ice cubes, 1 blood orange, 2 sprigs mint
- Refrigerator: Keep the iced tea covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. It is even better to store it airtight so that it does not take over odors from the other ingredients in the refrigerator.
- Freezer: You can freeze iced tea in a freezer box without garnish. If you have already added garnish, strain it out beforehand. This way, the blood orange iced tea will last up to 2 months. Make sure to leave enough space (about ½ inch / 1 cm) in the box, as the iced tea will expand when it freezes. Let the iced tea thaw in the refrigerator.