Flavored teas are usually associated with lots of sugar. This mango pineapple sun tea is sweetened with just fruit.
This months Recipe Redux challenge is "Cooking with Tea". Challenge: Teacups around the world are bubbling up with bold new flavors: From cardamom chai and sencha green to bubble teas and veggie teas. We wish we could attend the World Tea Expo the end of this month – but in lieu of a plane ticket, we’ll be cooking and baking and stirring up tea-inspired healthy dishes.
I have never cooked with tea, but love to drink tea. I decided to experiment with my favorite iced tea and add fruit puree to sweetened the tea without sugar.
In warmer weather, I love to save energy and let the sun brew my tea. My sun tea pitcher sits in our backyard a lot in the summer months brewing great tasting tea. For this challenge I brewed Oolong tea, a common tea served in Oriental restaurants. Oolong tea has antioxidant properties similar to other teas, such as green tea. Oolong is included in an anti-inflammatory diet.
How to make mango pineapple sun tea:
- To brew the tea simply fill your sun tea pitcher with water and float 6-8 tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea) on the top. I let the tags hang out and attach the lid to keep the tea bags in place.
- Place the container outside in a sunny spot early in the day and let the sun handle the brewing.
- Puree 1 cup of mango chunks and 1 cup of fresh pineapple pieces with 1 cup of pineapple juice.
- You can add the fruit puree directly to the tea or if you don't want pulp press the fruit through a strainer and only add the fruit juice that you extract.
If you want more of the mango flavor to come through you can omit the pineapple juice. If the tea is not sweet enough you can add a bit of simple syrup or stevia to the tea, but you really don't need it.
- 6-8 Oolong Tea Bags or tea of your choosing
- 8-12 cups of water
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 8 ounces pineapple juice optional
- Fill a sun tea pitcher with water.
- Add 6-8 Oolong tea bags to the top of the sun tea pitcher.
- Brew in a sunny spot for 4-6 hours.
- Puree mango, pineapple, and pineapple juice in a blender.
- When the tea is brewed mix in fruit puree mixture.
- Serve immediately chilled.