Zest up your life with this refreshing Tea-tail
Posted on May 05 2017
Orange is one of our favourite fruits and for good reason.
Regardless if you’re a morning person or not, you can always count on it’s vibrant fragrance and sweet taste to wake you up bright and early. With its high dose of vitamin C and antioxidant benefits, there's no wonder why we have incorporated it into so many of our wellness teas!
While we love a nice piping hot cup a tea, every once in awhile, we like to channel our inner mixologist and treat ourselves to a festive cocktail. That is why we decided to pair our beautiful Nirvana, featuring lemongrass and orange peel, with fresh orange juice, and a bit of vodka to create our own spin on the classic Screwdriver.
Nirvana’s light and calming taste acts as the perfect base for the pungent flavour of orange and helps create a smooth and refreshing cocktail. For a little extra pizazz, we DIY’d our own candied orange peel to top things off.
This was a fun one to make and we hope you enjoy its energizing, invigorating taste as much as we did. Cheers!
For the cocktail, you will need:
-3 ½ oz of Pulp free orange juice
-2 oz of Vodka (any kind will do)
-3 ½ oz of Nirvana steeped tea (or any light tea that will pair well)
-4-6 spoonfuls of orange infused simple syrup (from the candied oranges, see below)
-Candied orange peel (DIY recipe below)
-A cocktail shaker or mason jar to mix the drink
- Steep the tea and let it cool to at least room temperature
- In a cocktail shaker or jar, combine tea, orange juice, and vodka, and shake it up, adding spoonfuls of flavored simple syrup as you go to your desired sweetness
- Poor over ice and serve with candied oranges
For the Candied Oranges, you will need:
-2 large navel oranges or any larger oranges
-1 cup of water
-1 cup of granulated sugar, plus more for coating
-A sharp paring knife
-A drying rack
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Rinse the oranges well. Cut the top and bottom off of each and follow the curve of the orange to slice off the peel.
- Slice off any remaining fruit flesh, and slice lengthwise into thinner strips
- Add the peels into the boiling water and allow to soften for around 5 minutes. Drain and set aside on a cooling rack.
- In a saucepan, combine water and sugar. Stir until dissolved and then bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the peels and reduce to a simmer. Allow the syrup to thicken, about 20-24 minutes *we recommend saving this orange flavoured simple syrup to add to the cocktail for an extra hint of sweetness
- Remove the peels and spread evenly across a cooling rack. Allow them to dry for a minimum of two hours *you can speed up this process by putting them in an oven at the lowest temperature, until the peels feel slightly tacky
- Finally, coat the peels in sugar evenly, and allow to dry or serve right away
Reciped adapted from: Tastemade https://www.tastemade.com/videos/candied-orange-peels