When it's hot out, Los Angeles-based tea
company Algabar turns to The Marie Antoinette Iced Tisane
, a caffeine
-free, cold-brewed iced "tea"
made with a fruit and floral blend of apricot, apple, peach, pear, black currant, rose petals, hibiscus and rosehips. It was created specifically for afternoon tea
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: Serves four
- 2 cups cold water
- 4 tsp. Algabar's Rose du Pompadour Tisane or other rose herbal infusion blend (brewing instructions below)
- 1 cup pomegranate juice (You an use regular pomegranate juice, but Algabar founder Gail Baral prefers sparkling pomegranate juice, which is available from Trade Joe's or Izze.)
- 2 ounces simple syrup (instructions below)
- 2 limes
- 6 - 8 ice cubes
- Place the cold water in 4-cup or larger glass jar with lid.
- Place the Rose du Pompadour tea in a tea infusion envelope/large, fillable teabag and place in pitcher. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
- While that infuses, make the simple syrup. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of boiling water. Turn down heat and stir until dissolved. Cool fully in pot before pouring. Using funnel, pour into airtight bottle or pitcher. Place in refrigerator to chill. Reserve remaining syrup for other use. It will keep for 2 months in refrigerator.
- Cut four slices from one of the limes for garnish and squeeze the balance for juice. Place juice in refrigerator to chill.
- When the tea is cold, remove the jar of Rose du Pompadour from refrigerator and remove and discard the tea bag.
- Add the remaining ingredients, except the lime slices, to the jar and stir.
- When ready to serve, pour into four individual glasses and garnish with lime slice.