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Ginger Orange Tea

This Ginger Orange Tea is fruity, sweet with a rich and bold flavor of black tea. The addition of ginger and lemongrass makes the iced tea much more interesting with a relaxing fragrance and just a bit of heat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: iced tea, orange black tea
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Sophie

Ingredients

  • 2 lemongrass stalks (plus more for serving if desired)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5-2 tablespoons black tea
  • 2 small pieces of ginger, slightly crushed
  • 2-3 tablespoons ginger syrup, divided
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, divided (from about 2 large oranges)
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Cut lemongrass stalks into shorter pieces (about 4-inch long) and slightly bruise them. Add lemongrass and 1 cup of water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then lower to a gentle simmer. Cover with the lid slightly askew and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and add black tea (you can check the water temperature to make sure it's around 200°F or 95°C). Cover with the lid slightly askew and steep for 4-5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea (you should have about 3/4 cup or 180ml of brewed tea). Let it cool down slightly.
  • If you have a cocktail shaker, add a piece of crushed ginger, a 3 to 4-inch long piece of bruised lemongrass, half of the brewed tea, 1-1½ tablespoons of ginger syrup, half of the orange juice and plenty of ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Add 6-7 ice cubes to a serving glass and immediately pour the iced tea into the glass.
  • Alternatively, you can pour all ingredients into a glass and stir to combine. Then add ice and drink right away.

Notes

I recommend straining the orange juice to remove the pulp, which will make the drink look more beautiful. 
If you cannot find lemongrass, you can omit it.
You can find my recipe for homemade ginger syrup here. If the ginger syrup has been stored in the refrigerator, briefly microwave to warm it to "wake up" the ginger aroma.
If you don't want to bother with making ginger syrup, I suggest adding a few slices of ginger to Step 1, and then use simple syrup in Step 4.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg