{Tazo Cookoff} Iced Ginger Tea with Honey-Macerated Fruit

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For the third and final week of the Tazo Cookoff, I faced a bit of a dilemma: the pears that I had been presented to use in my recipe weren’t as ripe as I would have liked them to be. They would have been fine in a few days, but I was headed out of town and only had one night to get my recipe done. To make matters worse, the only thing I felt like eating was a sandwich — which put a quick end to my idea of poaching the pears in tea and making them into a chutney to eat with lamb chops and polenta (I mean, I like to cook, but I’m not about to make something like that when I’d be happier with a simple panini!)

As I tried to think of ways to incorporate the tea and pears into my sandwich or a side dish, I remembered the sangria-like iced tea that I had at Radiance Tea and Bookstore this spring. It seemed like the perfect accompaniment to my sandwich as well as a great way to use up some other fruit before I headed out of town.

The resulting tea was a nice change of pace from my standard unsweetened black tea, and I plan to make it again often. I especially loved the way that the ginger flavor infused the fruit — it was unexpected and extremely refreshing. Eating the fruit at the bottom of the glass was just as much of a treat as drinking the tea!

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Ginger Tea Sangria with Honey-Macerated Fruit

Although this tea can be served immediately, letting it chill for at least one hour before serving will allow the flavors to fully develop and will yield the best results. The amount of honey used here results in a very lightly sweetened tea — if you like your sweeter, you can add more to taste. For a refreshing summer cocktail, add 1/2 cup of orange or pear flavored vodka.

  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 peach, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 3 bags Oolong tea
  • 2 bags Orange Ginger Tea
  • Ice

In a large bowl, combine the fruit and honey. Toss well to coat. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, add 3 cups water and the tea bags. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.

Fill a 2-quart pitcher with ice. Pout the tea into the pitcher, allowing the ice to melt. Stir well. Add the fruit, along with any juices that have accumulated in the bottom of the bowl. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

Yields 8 cups.

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This is your final chance to win a great Tazo gift pack including a one year supply of tea and a selection of tea-brewing essentials! You’ll be entered one time for every comment you leave on one of my Tazo recipes. This is recipe # 3 of 3. Previous recipes included

Vanilla Rooibos Quinoa Pudding with Cherry & Pistachio and

Tea-smoked Salmon with Lavender and Honey Glaze. On September 1, I’ll randomly pick a winner from all of the comments left on those three recipes. (Only commenters with valid US addresses are eligible to win) Every comment you leave will also help me win a $1,000 gift card to Williams Sonoma.

I was provided with a selection of Tazo teas and quinoa to use as inspiration in this challenge. I have no affiliation with Tazo or Starbucks, and any opinions stated above are my own.

Comments

  1. This looks like quite a refreshing tea, I like the fusion of summer fruits and spicy fresh ginger.

  2. Ginger, honey and fruit are perfectly matched. Of course, if you suggest adding vodka, you’ll get a lot of thumbs up!

  3. This looks wonderful. I love the combination of ginger, honey, and tea…so comforting, and a lot healthier than most of my favorite comfort foods!

  4. This looks so wonderful. Would it be bad of me if I wanted to spike this with some

  5. I agree with adding vodka, but this looks like the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

  6. This recipe looks amazing. I also want to try this recipe with the fruity red tea from Tazo!

  7. My husband would love this! Great recipe!

  8. That looks so refreshing. Plus, it’s so good for you, too. A perfect way to get your daily requirement of fruit. ;)

  9. YOU were craving a SANDWICH! Crazy talk. I’m impressed. This sandwich must have really been good for you to like it AND blog about it. Perfect way to use the pear and tazo!

  10. Annmarie Balsamello says:

    Both my husband and I think this sounds and looks delicious.
    All of our favorite flavors combined. Love the fruit, ginger and honey combination. Exciting recipe.

  11. What an intriguing combination of flavours Lauren. I bet this tastes wonderful!

  12. I remember that tea sangria! it was heavenly! I was actually just telling someone about it the other day!

  13. Looks like a perfect drink for these hot summer days.

  14. Somehow I missed this post but it looks so refreshing! A must try soon.

    Thank you so much for your comment today- I really appreciate it! It means a lot to know you are not alone. Even if it is a totally unfun party!

  15. Adding fruit to tea is something I relish, but I had never thought to mix it up. Looks delicious!!

  16. What a great refreshing summer drink! Perfect to serve at my outdoor wedding!

  17. I always love iced tea! And I love Tazo!!!!!! Please count me in for the Tazo tea giveaway, 12 bags (are you serious!!)! Yay, me is happy.

  18. What a great idea! I’d never have thought of this.

  19. Sclark1013 says:

    That drink looks lovely. Perfect for a summer afternoon.

  20. I love Tazo teas! The addition of ginger and the fruit to this one makes it look delicious! What a great way to enhance the flavor…definitely giving this a try :) Thanks!

  21. mmmm sounds lovely :)

  22. How fancy! It looks great!

  23. Mmmm ginger AND honey AND fruit?!?! sign me up :)

  24. I love tea! Black, green, herbal…my summer afternoon drink is iced black tea with a splash of lemonade. My very favorite tea is Nambarrie. It’s a lovely black tea made in Belfast, Northern Ireland (where I spent several summers and drank tea all day long).

  25. What a great idea!! That looks so refreshing. And, I love tea… Thanks :-) Kateiscooking

  26. Sounds delicious. I have quite a few fruits that need to be used soon, this is a great idea for them!

  27. I do not normally serve alcohol at my house so this is a great fun way to have a Sangria type drink without the need for it.

  28. Your tea sounds delicious and looks so pretty! And I’m sure it would be a big hit with some firefly in there too ;)

  29. What a refreshing idea!

  30. Ashley D. says:

    I would definitely drink this. This would be a nice non-alcoholic drink for a bridal shower.

  31. Looks so yummy! Like non-alcoholic sangria!!

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