Refreshing Strawberry, Orange and Chamomile Ice Tea

By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional

Berries, berries and more berries.  That is all I hear the kids asking for during the summer months.  No matter if we are at the grocery store for our weekly compra or getting a shake from the local drive thru… they want berries.  And if a choice of type is given, Strawberries always win the ‘What kind do you want game.’

Ingredients

  • 2 Pints of Fresh Strawberries
  • 8 Chamomile Tea Bags, Single Serving Size
  • 1 Large Orange
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1  1/2 Cup2 Water

Steps

  1. Using a box grater, zest your orange on the fine grate side.  Be careful not to press too hard or you will dig past the peel and into the bitter, pith of the orange.
  2. Slice your strawberries and set aside.
  3. In a medium pot, add your 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of sliced strawberries and the zest of your orange.  Over medium heat bring your simple syrup mixture to a low boil, stirring occasionally being careful to not break up the berry slices.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. To a 1 gallon pitcher, add your 8 bags of chamomile tea and fill 2/3rds with water.
  6. Let stand for about on hour until you have a light-medium brown color.  Remove your tea bags.
  7. Using a small strainer that sets over the top of the pitcher, strain your simple syrup into the pitcher.  Add the rest of your sliced strawberries and stir gently.
  8. Chill, serve over ice and enjoy this refreshingly calming ice tea with your friends, family or maybe just a good book.
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