Pomegranate-Orange Pekoe Iced Tea

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  • Basic Simple Syrup
  • 2 oranges, zest removed in strips
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 9 orange pekoe tea bags
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 orange, sliced into 8 rounds

How to make this recipe

  1. Prepare the Basic Simple Syrup as directed, adding the strips of orange zest before bringing it to a boil. Remove from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain the orange syrup into a large measuring cup.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring the cold water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags; let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled.

  3. Pour the tea and pomegranate juice into a large pitcher. Stir in 3/4 cup of the orange syrup, or more to taste; refrigerate the rest for later use. Serve in 8 tall glasses over ice, garnished with a slice of orange.

Make Ahead

The iced tea can be refrigerated in a covered pitcher for up to 2 days.


Look for firm navel oranges and wash them thoroughly before removing the zest. Use a sharp vegetable peeler and avoid as much bitter white pith as possible.

Contributed By Published June 2005

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