Spicy Fruit Tea With Juicy Flavors
Spiced Fruit Tea Ingredients:
2 cups orange juice or you many substitute equal amounts of orange peach mango juice
2 cups black tea, brewed
½ tablespoon crystallized ginger, chopped
3 inch cinnamon sticks, broken into few pieces
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
- Take a square 6 or 8 inch cotton cheese cloth with double thickness for the spice bag and place broken cinnamon sticks and crystallized ginger in the center of the 100% cotton cheesecloth square. Bring the corners of the square together and with the help of a clean cotton string tie them.
- Combine the brewed black tea along with the orange juice or orange peach mango juice in a medium size slow cooker (about 3 ½ to 4 ½ quart). Place the cinnamon and ginger bag in the tea and juice mixture and cover the cooker. Cook on high heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or on low heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. After done remove the lid and discard the spice bag from the mixture.
- Ladle this spiced tea in 5 medium size cups. Garnish with additional 6 inch long cinnamon stick if desired before serving. Cinnamon stick can act as a spoon for this spiced tea. Serve fruit tea hot. This recipe makes 5 medium cups of spiced fruit tea.
- Spiced fruit tea is a low calorie easy recipe. This recipe provides about 45 calories, 11 gm carbohydrates and 10 gm sugars per serving.
- This recipe can be considered diabetes friendly and heart friendly as it provides negligible amounts of total fat, cholesterol and sodium.
- Black tea is a healthy drink and its leaves are derived from an evergreen perennial shrub known as Camellia sinensis.
- Black tea can also be considered a good source of caffeine which is a methylxanthine that helps to stimulate your central nervous system, stimulate your heart, act as a diuretic on the kidneys, and helps to relax the smooth muscles in the bronchioles (airways to upper lungs).
- One brewed cup of black tea provides about 50 mg of caffeine; of course the value will largely depend on the strength of the tea and size of the cup. This value is lower when compared to coffee which provides about 65 to 175 mg caffeine per cup. Moreover black tea is also blessed with the goodness of polyphynols, tannin, trace elements and vitamins along with vitamin C from orange juice in this recipe.