Friday, December 03, 2010

Rose Syrup Iced Tea


Iced tea. Is there anything more summer-y than that? I may be as pale as a moonlit snowscape and so firmly entrenched in work drudgery that summer holidays seem but a distant dream, but one sip of my homebrewed iced tea has the magical ability to transport me to the land of never-ending summers. You know, the fake one in my head? You're free to come visit any time of course, we welcome any and all tourists to Summertopia. 

TheHusband broached the topic of summer plans this morning on our way to work. While he dreams of days spent at the beach, soaking up the rays and braving the icy-cold Cape waters, I'm much more keen on days lazing on my butt, perhaps with a good book or three. Clearly, some compromise is needed. 

Look, it's not that I have a problem with the beach, per se, but unfortunately I was not genetically gifted with the kind of skin that turns a lovely golden brown when exposed to the sun. (TheHusband, I'm looking at you - Not.Fair.) No, instead, I diligently schmear on my SPF100 (no jokes - this exists and I have a tube buried in the back of my cupboard) only to find that my skin has still managed to turn a delightful shade of pink at the end of the day. *Sigh*


Talking about delightful shades of pink - would you  look at this rose syrup infused iced tea? Glorious, isn't? I've been making my own iced tea for a few years now, experimenting with both citrus-y and mint-y flavours (apparently I'm rather unique in my strange obsession with mint - hohum), but have somehow never given much thought to any other flavours. 

Until I spotted the bottle of bright pink rose syrup in my local supermarket. Why hello there, why have I not seen you before? And yes okay, before you start throwing bricks and foodie tomes at me, the brilliant colour is the result of artificial additives. But hey, you're not using bucket loads at once and besides - it's so pretty! Looks may not be everything, but I dare you not to prance around like the hostess with the mostest when you present your summer guests with a pitcher of this ruby-red tea, studded with quartered lemons and ice cubes. 

Oh, and just in case you were thinking this iced tea was all beauty and no substance (like some people that springs to mind *ahem*), let me assure you, the exquisite taste and smell matches its appearance perfectly. Just ask my good friends, D & E, who couldn't get enough of it on a recent weekend visit and practically begged me for the recipe. D - hope you enjoy this one!




Rose Syrup Iced Tea
A Creative Pot original
Makes 2 litres 

This is a thirst quencher of note and will provide you with the perfect fuel for all those lazy summer afternoons ahead of us.

6 rooibos tea bags
2 cups (500ml) boiling water
6 tbsp sugar
3 lemons

10 tbsp rose syrup
6 cups (1.5 litres) ice cold water

1. Place tea bags in a large jug (1.6 litre capacity at least). Pour boiling water over tea bags and stir sugar into the tea to dissolve. 
2. Microwave lemons for about 30 - 40 seconds to release the juices, then halve them, scoop out the pips and squeeze juice into the jug of tea. Toss lemon halves into the jug as well and allow to steep for about 5 - 10 minutes along with the tea bags.
3. Remove teabags and lemon halves, scraping out the flesh and adding it to the tea. You may choose to keep your tea pulp-free, in which case just omit the last step. Personally, I'm a pulp lover and think it adds to the homemade feel of this tea.
4. Add rose syrup to the tea, stirring to combine, then fill the jug with ice cold water. Chill before serving.

Keeps well in fridge for a week or two.

If you are unable to find rooibos tea, feel free to substitute with other mildly flavoured herbal teas. I have tried both chamomile and vanilla, both of which added a subtle, but delicious layer of flavour to the tea.

30 comments:

Swathi on December 03, 2010 8:11 p.m. said...

Looks delicious and color ful

Joanne on December 03, 2010 8:16 p.m. said...

Summertopia. That is exactly where I want to be. Sipping on this luscious rose syrup iced tea. And being waited on hand and food by some beautiful beautiful men. Sigh.

TS (eatingclub) on December 03, 2010 8:20 p.m. said...

I am still afraid of rose. I had a traumatic experience a long time ago with way-too-much-rose rose tea. It smelled like potpourri! One day, I will learn to face my fear. ;D

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:22 p.m. said...

Oh no, that sounds horrid! Can understand why you would have a rose aversion, although, you should know this tastes nothing like potpouri. :-)

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:22 p.m. said...

How could I forget about the beautiful men? Thanks for setting me straight!

Hila (LadyRaven) said...

This looks great! will definitely add this to the summer drinking list. Hmmm how would it taste with a bit of white rum? Or even Raki....

On the mint side. You are not alone. Have you tried using apple mint? Lemon Verbena also makes an amazing tea.

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:23 p.m. said...

Have not tried apple mint - but where would I procure such a thing?

And yes - rum sounds like a superb addition...

Hila (LadyRaven) said...

I got mine at stark ayres but the cape garden center should have it as well. It grows very well. My mom bought pineapple sage recently, waiting for the leaves to grow a bit then going to try use that for tea

Jessica Ulyate on December 03, 2010 8:23 p.m. said...

Ah yes, I own an SPF 100 sunscreen as well, right next to my SPF 50 sunscreen for when I feel like throwing caution to the wind :P

The iced tea sounds lovely, will have to go hunting for some rose syrup...

Mika on December 03, 2010 8:23 p.m. said...

I really hate iced tea, I do, but I will try this because I'm in love with rose syrup and I'm sure it will make the difference...

Erna said...

I'll join you in Summertopia - a pitcher of minty iced tea (maybe with a healthy shot of tequila ;) and rose iced tea in each hand! Mud coloured freckles aint my thing...

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:24 p.m. said...

Caution to the wind is the only way to live! ;-)

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:24 p.m. said...

You gotta try it at least once. Rose syrup is the bomb! Can't believe it took me so long to discover it - am in love.

cindy on December 03, 2010 8:24 p.m. said...

It looks like heaven :)

Nina said...

Will be superb on a summer al fresco lunch table!! Lovely bottle and glasses!!

Marisa on December 03, 2010 8:38 p.m. said...

I like your style Erna... Tequila ftw.

Bridgett said...

Your photo has be longing for warm days even though I am not a summer fan. Well, let's rephrase that: I am not a hot weather fan but I love the foods (and drinks!) of summer. This sounds incredible.

arcadia said...

Ek is mal hieroor. Is somer nie net soveel meer heerlik as mens besig is om aan sulke drankies te teug nie? Dit maak my baie gelukkig.

Elrieta said...

AWESOME!!! Dankie... ;-)

MaryMoh said...

A very sexy drink! Love the picture! I don't mind drinking this even in winter! :P Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Marisa on December 07, 2010 2:01 p.m. said...

Laat weet of Danie dit toe dieselfde kon kry? :-)

Marisa on December 07, 2010 2:02 p.m. said...

With you on that! I much prefer autumn, but am enjoying the glorious summer fruits & veggies on offer at the moment.

Soma said...

I am floored. This is such an exotic drink. Love to have this during the warm summer months.

rebeccasubbiah on December 07, 2010 4:49 p.m. said...

wow this looks wonderful and adore the pictures

Robyn on December 07, 2010 7:55 p.m. said...

Iced Tea ftw. yum! I'm with you on the SPF100. Not Fair.

tasteofbeirut on December 11, 2010 5:03 p.m. said...

I had bottles of homemade rose syrup this summer; that would have been a welcome addition to the roster of drinks I served then. Great recipe.

Marisa on December 11, 2010 10:16 p.m. said...

Homemade rose syrup sounds magical!

Eliana on December 13, 2010 5:47 a.m. said...

This could not look and sound more delicious and refreshing.

Alycia [Fit n Fresh] on January 11, 2011 5:42 a.m. said...

Gorgeous pictures!! And I love the idea of rose syrup tea - I have never seen rose syrup before, but I bet I could make some. Thanks love :)

Amy Seymour said...

Oh my goodness!!! I bought some rose syrup at a Christmas market and since I had tasted rose ice tea at a restaurant a while back and quite enjoyed it I thought I'd look up a recipe. Your one looked nice so I thought I'd give it a try......WOW! It's delicious, way better than the one I tried. Thank you!

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