"A springtime and summer favorite in our house, this citrus flavored drink refreshes nicely and serves as a great alternative to tea or water at a brunch." — VALKARYN
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Earl Grey tea bag
orange, thinly sliced
Like a lot of us, I don't drink enough water and for me that is directly related to the fact that I'm just not a plain water fan. So in an effort to drink more water I've been trying a number of creative ways to flavor it - and this caught my eye. It is mild and delicate enough to drink with meals as you would water, but still has enough flavor and interest to drink in its own right as a refreshing beverage. I only steeped the tea bag for three minutes, not wanting the slightest bit of bitterness, and used Splenda rather than sugar. I found the orange to be a nice contrast to the lemon one would typically expect. The rose water was an interesting and pleasant addition and the one teaspoon was just the right amount. I was happy to find another use for the bottle of it I have in the cupboard! In addition to being delicious, refreshing and a great way to up my water intake, this is quite pretty too, especially served in a clear glass pitcher. No reason at all to limit this "Springtime Citrus Cooler" to springtime. I plan to have this in the fridge regularly!
Oh my god. This is good. I expected this to have a stronger flavor when I made it, but I love how subtle the flavors are. And I bet you can make it with less water if you do want a stronger tea. I made it with blood oranges and squeezed a bit of the juice in which gave it a beautiful color.
Update--I've made this countless times in the last month, and it's always a hit when I serve it. One thing to watch out for though, don't steep the tea excessively or it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
I found this recipe because I had a few Earl Grey tea bags to use up. I made it exactly as written, including the optional rose water, and found the results pleasant, but fairly mild-tasting. I've made it twice now. I bought rose water for the first time, just for this recipe, and this recipe is a nice introduction to the flavor. I guess the appeal of this drink is the minimal amount of sugar used, and it relies on the tea and rose flavors a lot more than sweetness. It's nice enough that I'll probably make it once in a while.
I made this minus the rose water and subbing Splenda for the sugar. As a tea, I wouldn't give this many stars. As a flavored water, it would get 5 stars. The tea flavor isn't very strong, but it is a pleasant way to get more water in. I definitely plan to make this again adding the rose water to see the difference.
Three words...Simple, subtle, sublime... This is wonderful! I bought rose water and wanted to try different recipes with it. The only thing I did differently was to substitute artificial sweetener for the sugar. It's light, but not too watery. It doesn't taste like Earl Grey, yet it doesn't taste like orange either. You'll just *have* to try it! The rose water is so fragrant and really adds to it. Thank you for this great recipe!
This makes a delicious hot tea also! I have been looking for recipes with rose water and fleurs d'oranger. Thanks for a lovely tea!
This was ok, I didn't care for the rose water in it and it was too sweet for my tastes. I probably wouldn't make it again unless I just put a slice of orange into some unsweetened ice tea. Thanks for submitting this recipe, it was definitely worth a try!
Lovely, light, and refreshing. The rose water adds a lot to the drink, so don't leave it out if you're able to get your hands on it! I used half of the sugar because my orange was extremely sweet.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Springtime Citrus Cooler
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: < 1
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