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Cherry Lemon Iced Tea in a glass with dark chocolate bar on the side
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Cherry Lemon Iced Tea

As summer ends, raise the flavor level by pairing Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolate with this hydrating and thirsty-quenching
Cherry Lemon Iced Tea!
Course beverage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 star anise cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7-8 mint leaves
  • 12 red cherries
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ice cubes as required
  • additional mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • First, wash the cherries well, discard the stems and chop them. Throw away the seeds.
  • In a thick bottomed sauce pan bring water to boil. Then add cherries, lemon juice, mint leaves, star anise, sugar and vanilla extract. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Reduce the flame and let it cook for 30 minutes. Then mash the cherries while cooking. Take it off the flame and rest it covered for one hour.
  • Now is a perfect time for you to quickly enjoy a bite of Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolate!
  • Strain the mixture and transfer it back to a saucepan. Bring the cherry mixture to a boil over moderate heat.
  • Remove the mixture from heat, add the tea bags and let it steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let cool to room temperature.
  • Serve in chilled glasses with ice cubes. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves for a beautiful display and enjoy.
  • Pair this Cherry Lemon Iced Tea with Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate for an afternoon tea party, brunch event, or any occasion!

Notes

You can use loose tea or tea bags to make Iced Tea. I tried making it with both and ended up liking the tea bag version more.
For basic iced tea, calculate one tea bag per one cup water.
Use filtered or bottled cold water to begin with.
You can use agave nectar or simple syrup instead of sugar.
Do not steep the tea for longer time. If you brew longer, the tea will develop a bitter flavor or become too strong. Steep for 5-8 minutes and then taste every 30 seconds to ensure your desired flavor.
Don’t add raw sugar into a chilled iced tea. Always add the sweetener while the tea is still steaming so it dissolves fully.
For added indulgence, add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to each glass before pouring the iced tea on top.
Add ice to the tea right before serving.