Fruit tea is a delicious, soothing infusion of fruit in hot water. Technically this lovely hot drink is not a tea as leaves from a tea plant are not used. But fruit ‘teas’ are consumed and enjoyed just like their black or green tea cousins so we’ll borrow the name for our recipes today.
To get you started on your fruit tea journey, here are three very easy, healthy and ‘wash away all your troubles’ recipes. Play around with the amount of each ingredient to suit your own personal taste. In winter enjoy them hot… in the summer you can add ice and enjoy a cool glass on a hot day.
For these recipes to be sustainably waste-free, be sure to compost all the ingredients once you have consumed your teas. Here is our blog post that teaches how easy it is to begin composting at home. Help the earth by keeping your food scraps out of the landfill!
Ginger, Lemon and Honey Tea
My daughter and I lived in Indonesia for several years and were blessed to visit the island of Bali numerous times. One of my favorite places to stay was Bali Mountain Retreat. On our first visit there we were served a delicious pot of lemon-ginger tea. How had this not been in my life all these years?! Every pot since then reminds me of our wonderful adventures on this magical island.
Per large mug:
- Peel and slice a piece of ginger about 1 inch long.
- 1-2 quarters of lemon
- 1 T of honey
- Hot Water
Put sliced ginger and lemon quarter/s in bottom of a large mug or tea pot. Add boiling hot water and let steep for at least five minutes. Add honey for desired sweetness. So simple, so perfect.
Orange, Apple, Guava Tea
It was a cold, rainy weekend in Saudi (that doesn’t happen very often!) and my friend Maria came by with a mug of hot deliciousness. She graciously shared her recipe so we can all enjoy a mug on a lazy weekend morning.
Maria said she makes a pot in the morning and then just adds more hot water during the day as her family consumes the tea. An added bonus? Your house will smell amazing!
- 8-10 cups of water
- 1 orange, quartered
- 1 apple, quartered
- 1 guava, quartered
- Mint leaves, about 10-20
- Ginger, several 1 inch cubes peeled
- Cinnamon Sticks, about 4
- Dried Camomile flowers
Put the water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add all ingredients. Simmer for 30-60 minutes until desired strength is reached. Ladle tea through a sieve to separate the ingredients from the tea.
Apple, Cardamom, Cinnamon Tea
Chef Cynthia Louise is an Australian food personality based out of Bali. Her focus is plant-based, whole food recipes that nourish the body. She recently posted this fruit tea recipe on her Instagram account (@chefcynthialouise1) explaining she was taught the recipe at a retreat several years ago. The retreat served this tea every night after dinner and she describes how it was the perfect way to end each evening. With only four ingredients, this tea could become one of your weekly favorites.
- 1/2 Apple, chopped into 8 pieces
- 2 cardamom pods, smashed
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 550 ml/2.5 cups boiling water
Add the apple, cardamom and cinnamom stick to a teapot and pour in half of the boiling water. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, top with the remaining boiling water and serve.