Lemongrass and Cinnamon Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea

Lemongrass and Cinnamon Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea
Lemongrass and Cinnamon Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea | http://saltandwind.com Hawaii has changed Iced Tea for me. I've never really been into it but now I’ve developed a thing for iced green tea and Plantation Iced Tea. Like an A...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
9
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
3 hours, 15 minutes
Yield
8 cups
Servings
6 to 8
Lemongrass and Cinnamon Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Drinks
Cuisine
Hawaiian
Ingredients
9
Hands-On Time
15 minutes
Total Time
3 hours, 15 minutes
Yield
8 cups
Servings
6 to 8
Diet
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Lemongrass and Cinnamon Hawaiian Plantation Iced Tea | http://saltandwind.com

Hawaii has changed Iced Tea for me. I've never really been into it but now I’ve developed a thing for iced green tea and Plantation Iced Tea. Like an Arnold Palmer made with pineapple juice instead of lemonade, the best Plantation Iced Tea I’ve come across is from Diamond Head Grill on Oahu. It's slightly sweet but more exciting than regular iced tea thanks to lemongrass and cinnamon and this is my shot at recreating it so I can enjoy it even when I'm not on Oahu.

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts (16 cups) ice water
  • 10 bags black tea
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 bunches fresh mint leaves

    (about 2 1/2 ounces) divided

  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

    plus more for serving

  • 4 cups chilled 100% pure pineapple juice

    (no sugar added)

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

    (from about 4 limes)

Instructions

Bring water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat (don’t let it boil), about 5 minutes. Add tea, cover partially, and let steep until the flavor is stronger than desired but not bitter, about 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, trim the ends off the lemongrass, and cut the stalk into 2-inch pieces. Cut each 2-inch piece in half lengthwise then bruise by lightly hitting with the back of a wooden spoon.

Once the tea has steeped, discard the tea, add lemongrass, cinnamon, and mint (minus about 6 to 8 stems you’ll want to reserve for garnish) and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Add enough ice to make 4 1/2 cups of tea, then stir in the pineapple juice, and sugar or honey. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 2 hours.

Once the tea is cold, discard the cinnamon, lemongrass, and mint and stir in the lime juice. Taste and adjust with more lime juice or sugar as desired. Serve iced tea over ice and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.

Notes

Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp

http://saltandwind.com/recipes/361-lemongrass-and-cinnamon-hawaiian-plantation-iced-tea-recipe

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