Pomegranate-Orange Pekoe Iced Tea
- ACTIVE: 15 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 4 HRS
- SERVINGS: makes about 2 1/2 quarts
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Notes 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.