Iced licorice tea
For licorice lovers, this iced tea is a refreshing beverage to have on hand. It has a naturally sweet, fruity flavor, that pairs beautifully with citrus and mint in this recipe. Actual licorice plants are native to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, but licorice flavors are often derived from fennel and star anise, among others. Crushing the mint releases oils from the leaves, allowing the flavor of the mint to infuse the tea. For a milder licorice flavor, you can steep your tea for just 5 minutes. Or, for a stronger licorice flavor, steep it for longer, 15 to 20 minutes.
Fresh mint leaves
3 sprig(s), (plus extra for garnish)
3 piece(s), 3 inches long each
¾ cup(s), boiling
2 item(s), licorice spice-variety
⅛ small, sliced (for garnish)
- Crush mint sprigs between fingers; place in a cup with orange peel. Pour in boiling water; add tea bags and steep 8 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour tea into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with orange slices (or sliced plum) and mint.
- Makes 1 serving.