[RECIPE] Makes tea for two | 30 mins
For a superfood burst of flavour and antioxidants
This gorgeous ruby and aromatically spiced tea made with fresh cranberries and citrus is the perfect surprise for Mum on Mother’s Day or when family and friends visit. It’s not only cheerful and warming, it’s caffeine-free too – so all kids, and kids at heart, can join in the fun.
A much-loved staple for Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve re-imaged the recipe as the perfect tonic for the cooler months and also makes for a delicious iced tea in the warmer months.
A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory tonic, this Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea helps prevent cell damage by free radicals and boosts the immunity to protect against a wide range of winter aliments. It also has stress-relieving properties to help to relieve tension and stress.
A year round superfood, cranberries contain a high nutrient and antioxidant content and are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin E, vitamin K and manganese.
Cranberry also boast an impressive array of phytonutrients which are naturally occurring plant chemicals that offer the anti-inflammatory properties and protection from harmful free radicals.
Did you know: Sailors would carry cranberries on their ships to avoid scurvy due to the high vitamin C content and ease of storage when dried.
Cranberry Citrus Antioxidant Tea
- 2 cups water
- generous handful cranberries – frozen (if dried use 1/3 cup)
- 2 whole cloves
- ½ or 1 cinnamon stick
- Peel of orange, 2x 5cm x 1cm piece
- Squeeze lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of sugar if desired
- Additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
Method (It’s super simple!)
- Pop cranberries pot with water, cloves and cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Add lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Strain out cranberries if you like.
- Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if you like and serve hot or cold.