Recipe: spicy iced tea

The ideal cooler on a baking hot day

When the weather is great there is nothing better than working in the garden, feeling the sun on your skin (don't forget the sunscreen) and sharing tasty food with friends outside. It is even better when you can enjoy fruit and vegetable dishes from your own garden. That is why we have joined forces with the Dutch vegetable chef Jonathan Karpathios. Together, we have developed four delicious recipes which you can enjoy all summer long, and beyond. Like this spicy iced tea*.

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Ingredients for 4 people

  • 3 litres water
  • 375 grams honey
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 orange, peel + slices
  • 1 lemon, peel + slices
  • 40 grams redbush tea
  • 2 stems lemongrass
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 1 red chilli
  • 50 grams ginger
  • You will also need: 1 tea infuser and a large jug

Instructions

1. Slice the lemon, orange and apple into thin slices. Place them in a pan with the water and add the honey. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.

2. Add the lemongrass, mint, red chilli, ginger and tea. Leave to infuse for another 5 minutes, and then sieve the mixture into the jug. 

3. Leave the iced tea to cool in the fridge and serve on a hot day with a sprig of mint, a sliced red chilli and a slice of lemon. Bang!

Jonathan on the spicy iced tea

“Tip: This iced tea combines very well with a summer salad or ‘fishy’ fish like smoked or grilled salmon or mackerel tartare. Served cool, this drink also provides a refreshing complement to meat from the barbecue. Did you know, incidentally, that it’s best to eat spicy food on hot summer days in order to cool your body down?”

Take a look at the other three recipes

Does this dish give you a taste for more? Check out the other three recipes that Mooiwatplantendoen.nl have created together with Jonathan Karpathios: gazpacho, cucumber granita, bell pepper carpaccio.

*But remember: never attempt to eat a (cut) flower or plant. Make sure you only use edible flowers from specialized vendors that are grown for consumption.