Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mint Tea with Arak, and Other Special Teas


During a rare Florida cold spell, Doug and I snuggled each evening with a cup (or 2) of soothing tea. I would vary the tea selection so as not to bore our palates – lemon-honey, apple-cinnamon, lemongrass-ginger.


I came across a superior tea combination on Joumana’s Taste of Beirut website called - you guessed it – Mint Tea with Arak. This is such an obvious combination, I can't believe I didn’t think of it myself,  so I thank Joumana for posting this, and other tasty blends.
Besides mint tea with arak, Joumana offers two others that could certainly pass for Armenian tea favorites - Anise Tea, and Mulberry Leaves Tea (Toot Chai).

So, get the kettle on, brew the tea of your choice, and snuggle with your favorite person!

Mint Tea with Arak:
METHOD:


1. Boil one liter of water (or 4 cups); drop a bunch of fresh mint in the water (use several tablespoons of dried if you don’t have any fresh mint available). Infuse for 5 minutes. Drop one tablespoon of tea of your choice and let it infuse 4 minutes.


2. Pour the strained mint tea in each cup, adding a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of arak per cup. Enjoy this beverage warm.

6 comments:

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  2. Tea made with anoukh was central to our family life, without the arak, of course!

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  3. Love your blog, my grandpa was Dikranagerdtsi too, I grow my own mint but never tried the tea with the Arak, now all I have to do is find some Arak out here which wont be easy!

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  4. Lorena,
    Any anise-flavored liqueur would work, such as Anisette, Ouzo, Sambuca or Pernod. Give any of them a try.
    PS: Glad you like our blog!

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  5. So I had apricot lentil soup and arak mint tea tonight. Both yummy, both unusual. Thanks, Robyn!

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  6. ...and you didn't invite me? Glad you enjoyed them!

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