Quench your thirst with the amazing honey apricot chamomile iced tea!
Are you a coffee or tea drinker? I admit I never really ask people this, but I do always get the impression that it’s an important question as well as the answer that follows. Coffee drinkers and tea drinkers can be friends, right? We don’t hate each other? One can be both?
I admit I’m more of a coffee drinker. I want to get into the habit of drinking more tea, especially in the evenings but I haven’t done that yet. I’ve been trying for a while and just cannot commit to it. It’s funny because I love trying new tea varieties and I stock up on a lot of tea, especially during the colder months, but then I never finish drinking the whole box. Which is why I have a shelf in the kitchen packed with tea, but that’s a story for another day.
Iced tea is a bit different. While I mostly drink water, I think iced tea, preferably homemade, is such a treat. Especially during the summer, when I drink more liquids than usual. It’s just so refreshing and comforting to sit down in the evening with a big glass of really icy iced tea and just do nothing.
Honestly, when it’s hot out even pouring a drink seems like hard work (I know I’m totally overreacting here, but heat makes me crazy).
Apricot iced tea is my favorite store-bought tea, lemon-flavored is my second. Chamomile tea with honey, however, is my favorite winter pick. It’s soothing and so simple, but so good.
And naturally, I like to make my favorites at home and combine familiar flavors, so this iced tea is just the result of my
wicked simple kitchen ways. It would be a shame not to share it with you.
This honey apricot chamomile iced tea is light and delicate in flavor, aromatic and not overly sweet. And if the question of whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker seems too hard or completely insignificant (if you hate both), you can now tell everyone you’re an ICED tea drinker. That’s a whole new category!
Honey apricot chamomile iced tea
Make summer better with this homemade iced tea!
Recipe makes 5 glasses of iced tea or approximately 1200 ml (2.5 pints) of tea.
- 5 apricots, seed removed, quartered
- 4 TBSPs granulated sugar
- 1250ml (5 1/4 cups) filtered water
- 1 TBSP honey
- 3 TBSPs dried chamomile flowers
- 1 large lemon, sliced; for serving
- In a medium saucepan combine the apricots, sugar and 250 ml (1 cup) of water. Cook on high heat, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, until the apricots are tender.
- Add the rest of the water (1000 ml or 4 1/4 cups) and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pan from heat, add the honey and chamomiles and cover the pan with a plate (or lid).
- Let steep for about an hour.
- After an hour, strain the tea. It’s best if you first strain it in a wide measuring cup first and then pour it into a carafe or bottle.
- Cover, let cool to room temperature, then chill in the fridge for a few hours or until you are ready to serve.
- Serve in a glass filled with ice and lemon slices.
In our stores, the dried chamomile is found in the tea section next to other teas. If you can’t find this in your area, use tea bags instead. For this amount of liquid I would use between 4-5 tea bags (but make sure you check the recommendations on the package first).
This tea keeps for at least two days, covered and stored in the fridge. As we drink it pretty fast, I can’t say if it lasts any longer than that (but I think it’s safe for a few days).