Mandarin, Basil, & Black Tea Infused Water

Feb 3rd
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Looking for an infused water that revs your metabolism and fends off afternoon tiredness? With the help of a little caffeine from black tea, this infused water recipe will really kick start your engine. Despite its long name, this water is easy to make and infuses at room temperature in only 2 hours. The overall taste is slightly earthy and floral. It’s an interesting mix of flavors that will stimulate your tastebuds, as well as your synapses.

Recipe for a 32 oz Ball jar : 3 mandarin oranges, sliced in half + 4 basil leaves, torn, + black tea bag. Combine ingredients with filtered water and infuse at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Pour over ice or enjoy as is.

It’s important to infuse this recipe at room temperature because of the tea. Tea does not infuse well in cold temperatures, which is why we are always pouring hot water over it! However, infused at room temperature, black tea is a pleasant, antioxidant-rich ingredient. The infused tea will also contribute a little caffeine, but less than your normal iced tea and certainly less than coffee.

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A note about tea: you are welcome to try any type of black tea in this recipe, even flavored black tea. However, you do not have to buy Tazo tea or anything expensive. In this recipe, I am using Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast tea, which is surprisingly delicious for the low cost.

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