Friday, July 5, 2013

Orange-Pineapple Sunset

Summer is officially here, and we are definitely feeling it here in Oregon this year!  And with the heat of summer comes those great, cooling summer drinks with their citrusy notes and their savory overtones.  This drink is one I created the other day and is bound to be an instant favorite at any lunch, dinner, or party.  It is also non-alcoholic, like all my recipes here, so it can be enjoyed by everyone.

Orange-Pineapple Sunset

Ingredients
1 12 ounce can frozen orange-pineapple juice concentrate
72 ounces hot water
3 sprigs of basil
6 bags of Stash brand mojito mint green tea

Directions:
1: Defrost the frozen concentrate in the microwave for about two minutes and empty into pitcher with the basil.  Add half of the hot water (36 ounces, or three fillings of the now empty frozen concentrate container) into the pitcher.

2: Place the rest of the water into a small pot and heat up to the point of nearly boiling.  Toss in the bags of tea and let seep for 3 1/2 minutes.  Pour into the pitcher.

3: Put the pitcher in the refrigerator and let cool and sit at least 24 hours before serving.

Variations:
1: If you are not able to find this particular brand and stock of tea in your area, then you can make the following alterations: use green tea and add in a slices lime and two or three sprigs of mint.

2: This could also easily be made fresh using cut oranges and pineapples for those that prefer whole fruit infusions to juices very easily and will be just as enjoyable.

3: For a less intense drink use 4 bags of tea and 2 sprigs of basil.