Minty Lemongrass Orange Tea

Dried rose hips are available from Aphrodisia at 212-989-6440 or from www.artscraftsgifts.com. This recipe takes a minimum of 5 days to prepare.

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  • Servings: MAKES ABOUT 5 CUPS OF LOOSE TEA
KEY: Fall, Winter, Nonalcoholic Drinks, Make Ahead, Afternoon Tea

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Ingredients

  • 3 large oranges (preferably Temples), peels only, torn into 3- to 4-inch-long strips, white pith removed with a small knife
  • 1 1/4 pounds lemongrass, bottom half cut off and frozen for another use
  • 2 bunches spearmint (about 6 ounces), leaves removed
  • 2 ounces dried rose hips

How to make this recipe

  1. Spread the orange peels, lemongrass and spearmint on racks or screens set over baking sheets. Set in a dry, dark place until dried but not brittle, 5 to 10 days, depending on the humidity.
  2. Using scissors, cut the orange peels and lemongrass into 1-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Lightly crush the spearmint leaves and add to the bowl along with the rose hips; toss gently. Pack the tea in small tins.

Make Ahead

The tea can be kept in airtight tins for up to 3 months.

Contributed By Published December 2001

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