April 17, 2013
How to Make Jasmine Iced Tea
Last evening I participated in a virtual iced tea party sponsored by Takeya USA. For the party I prepared and chilled jasmine tisane which I poured over ice. The jasmine flowers were given to Rotea by a student; the student's parents brought the flowers from China. I made the tisane in the style of "chilled chrysanthemum tea" from The Way of Tea: The Sublime Art of Oriental Tea Drinking, by Master Lam Kam Chuen.
Jasmine Iced Tea
1/4 cup of dried jasmine flowers
1 cup of water
honey to taste (maple syrup would work well)
Rinse the jasmine flowers and put them in a saucepan with the water. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook for 20 minutes (the original recipe called for 30 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and let cool before adding honey. Pour the tisane in a small pitcher (I used a Pyrex measuring cup) and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Pour over ice to serve. The resulting tisane is pleasantly herbal tasting and thick feeling.
You can purchase dried jasmine flowers at Alibaba.com. Locally, Sullivan Street Tea & Spice Company does not list them on their website but they might carry them in the store or they may be able to order the flowers for you.