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Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

Refreshing  iced tea made  with jasmine green tea and an infusion of organic spruce tips  is the perfect summer  quencher for a hot sunny day.
Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day  is  for National Iced Tea  month as some  blogging  friends and  I are sharing  delicious and  refreshing recipes for creative iced tea.

Spruce Tips are New to Me

My recipe is for jasmine and  spruce tip tea. This is the first year I have tried using organic spruce  tips in food after spotting them  at Jungle Jim’s  market. The tips are the soft tender new growth from  spruce trees that are collected during the spring and the growing season.

Use Organic!

I  suspect it is important and a no-brainer to use tips that are indeed organic and have not been sprayed with anything, should you decide to collect your  own. I know after my exploration into these, I will be planting a Spruce tree  this year, so in  years to come  I will have plenty of   my own supply, not to  mention contributing  to the reforestation of my local community.

Not Just Delicious But Natural Beauty

I had planted a spruce  when we lived in Waynesville but have long since moved- it grew to a very nice size. I hadn’t known anything about using spruce tips  then-  I wish I had!  My enjoyment of it  then was mostly for holiday lights during the Christmas season.

Nice Herbal, Woodsy Flavor

The spruce tips  offer a nice  herbal, mildly woodsy flavor to the tea that pairs perfectly with the jasmine. It doesn’t really taste like a Christmas tree-  but it is hard to describe. The jasmine contributes to that difficulty, I suppose. But it does have those faint aromas. I loved it.

Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

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Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Iced tea
Servings: 8 one cup servings
Author: Sue Lau

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic spruce tips
  • 1 cup sugar or sweetener to taste
  • 6 individual jasmine green tea bags

Instructions

  • Rinse spruce tips and add to 2 cups water; bring to a boil then remove from heat and steep ten minutes.
  • Strain spruce tips from infusion and discard.
  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add tea bags; remove from heat and steep ten minutes.
  • Add tea and spruce infusion to a pitcher and sweeten with one cup sugar (or whatever type and amount of sweetener you prefer).
  • Top up with cold filtered water to 64 ounces.
  • Serve over ice.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Jasmine and Spruce Tip Tea

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