Orange-Marigold Iced Tea 5.000

Bill Durgin

Jul 16, 2008

The cool taste of citrus and flowers makes this an especially refreshing drink.

Make sure the marigolds you use are organic and suitable for eating; they are usually available at the organic growers' stands at farmers markets. Their essence is thought to contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Servings: 5
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/3 cup sugar (optional)
  • 3/4 cup organic, edible marigold petals
  • 3 tablespoons whole-leaf assam tea
  • 2 medium oranges, well scrubbed
  • Ice


Place the water in a medium saucepan over high heat and add the sugar, if using; bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and add the marigold petals. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the tea leaves and remove from the heat. Let steep for 3 minutes, then strain into a pitcher, discarding the solids. Refrigerate until cold.

Cut the oranges crosswise into thin slices. To serve, line the sides of tall glasses with 5 to 7 orange slices each. Add ice, then pour in the iced tea.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," by Jehangir Mehta (Ecco, 2008).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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