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Thai-Inspired Iced Tea

Serves 4.

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    Thai-Inspired Iced Tea

    This recipe uses a combination of decocting (extracting the essence of an ingredient by simmering it) and infusing, the method of flavour extraction most common to herbal teas. Boiling lemon grass unleashes a heavenly scent; no wonder lemon grass tea is a beloved beverage in Thailand. Coconut water naturally sweetens this tea, while Thai basil ensures the drink doesn’t become cloying.

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    Thai-Inspired Iced Tea

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) no-sugar-added coconut water
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh Thai basil leaves, loosely packed
    • 2 stalks lemon grass
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried coconut flakes
    • Pinch of curry powder (optional)
    • 1 lime, quartered

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories27
    • protein0g
    • fat1g
      • saturated fat1g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates4g
      • sugars3g
      • fibre1g
    • sodium102mg

    Directions

    01

    Pour coconut water and 4 cups (1 L) water into medium pot. Place Thai basil in jug or jar that holds at least 4 cups (1 L).

    02

    Cut both ends off each stalk of lemon grass and peel away tough outer blades. Hit remaining parts with pestle or rolling pin a few times to soften. If necessary, chop lemon grass so it will fit in potu20143 to 5 in (8 to 13 cm) pieces are fine.

    03

    Add lemon grass to pot. Cover and bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

    04

    Turn off heat. Allow brew to sit for 2 minutes.

    05

    Add up to 4 cups (1 L) liquid plus lemon grass stalks to Thai basil; reserve leftover liquid. Steep tea for 5 minutes. Strain basil and lemon grass from tea and return tea to jug or jar. Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.

    06

    Pour leftover lemon grass liquid into ice cube tray. Add coconut flakes and curry powder (if desired), and freeze.

    07

    Serve chilled tea over ice and garnish with lime segments.

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