Winter is finally over and Spring is popping up with color all over the place. We’ve had some serious wildflower blooms here in the desert along with our first 80° day, and the forecast is suggesting we might be hitting 90° next week.
All this means its now iced tea weather. Since I also just picked the last of my winter lemons, grapefruit, and oranges I thought it the perfect time to share one of my favorite iced tea recipes: Sencha Citrus Punch.
I find Sencha green tea to be one of the most useful teas when it comes to enhancing other flavors. Rather than overpowering, it has the ability to boost the notes of whatever you blend it with. I always have lots of Sencha in my cupboard and recommend it highly for the warmer months. I’ve been getting mine from Upton Tea Imports for years and never disappointed.
Sencha Citrus Iced Tea Recipe
Sencha Green Tea (Upton Tea Imports) – 11 grams
1 pinch kosher salt (optional)
Peel of 2 large oranges
Peel of 1/2 large lemon
Peel of 1/2 Medium Grapefruit
Juice of 2 large oranges
Juice of 1 Medium Grapefruit
Juice of 1/4 large Lemon
7 cups of water
Peel the oranges, 1/2 grapefruit, & 1/4 lemon being sure to only take the top colored portion of the skin avoiding the bitter white pith beneath and chop evenly.
Add the chopped peels and salt with three cups of water then bring to a boil. Once at a rolling boil remove from heat cover and steep for 10-minutes.
While the peels are steeping add sugar and fruit juices to your favorite pitcher.
After 10 minutes add 11-grams Sencha to the pot of steeping citrus peels. Stir and cover for another minute. If you like it a bit stronger you can steep the tea up to three minutes without it going bitter on you – I like mine fruity though.
Once the Sencha has done its job, strain into the pitcher and stir to devolve sugar before adding the remaining 4 cups of water.
Stir again and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Best enjoyed with an orange slice and a good view.
Sencha Citrus Punch Steamer Extra:
A great variation on this is to dry the citrus peel in the oven and keep for the winter to mix with your Sencha for a nice hot cup of summer when its cold outside.