Even after living for 7 years in Dubai, I don’t think I can ever get used to the summer here. The humidity is crazy and it feels like a sauna everytime we step outside our homes in an open sun. Still for now, Dubai is our home and we love it here. I can return home late in the night and still feel safe. Little A is growing in a country understanding how diverse the world is. From being one of the tolerant nations in the gulf that guarantee dignity for everyone to being a children’s playground, in literal sense. And while we live the life of comfort, we have depth and diversity in the food scene that is beyond incredible.
For spending the days of summer in Dubai, I take comfort in Arthur Wing Pinero’s quote – “While there is tea, there is hope.”
After my first cup of chai in the morning, I prefer to get a chilling drink in the afternoon that helps me cool off in this heat. And then I get to experiment with lot of different flavors of iced tea which is always super welcome in my home. I add a good dose of loose Indian tea leaves but you can always use tea bags if you have them handy. And because brewing a pot of tea gives me a sense of indulgence, I add in a few spices to get that masala chai taste in my iced tea too.
Today’s recipe of iced tea is flavored with homemade orange syrup that is just perfect for a summer afternoon sipping on it either on a porch with a book in hand or bringing it to the weekend potluck parties.
It starts with with a simple orange syrup, which has the most gorgeous orange hue to it and taste amazing on its own. You can use this syrup for so many uses, not just for iced tea. Think of drizzling them on a cake, pancakes, waffles etc.! Once your syrup is done, start with brewing the tea or if you are using a tea bag, leave it immersed in a glass of hot water for atleast 30 minutes.
This orange iced tea will make you very happy this summer. Cheers!
Make delicious orange iced tea at home on a hot summer noon for instant hydration and to cool off in the heat.
- 2 oranges peel only
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp loose tea ( 4 to 5 tea bags)
- 5 cups water
- a few mint sprigs
Bring sugar, water and orange peel to a boil in a saucepan. Lower the heat and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes to infuse the flavor. Strain the syrup and let it steep for atleast 30 minutes.
In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add in the tea leaves and let it brew for not more than 5 minutes. Refrigerate to cool.
To serve, either stir together the tea and syrup in a large pitcher or set out individually for the guests to decide how much they want to add. Add lots of ice cubes and serve chilled garnished with mint leaves and oranges (optional).