Orange Ginger Sparkling Tea

Orange Ginger Sparkling Tea

Ingredients:

2 fresh oranges

3 inch piece ginger root--divided

4 cups water--divided

3/4 cup sugar--divided

4 tea bags

1 liter bottle seltzer water

candied ginger (for garnish)

Method:

*Add 3 cups water to a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add tea bags and 1/2 cup sugar. Turn off heat. Let steep. Set aside.

*Peel and slice ginger root. Add 1/2 of ginger root to blender. Blend with the juice and pulp of one orange and 1 cup of tea. Strain. Add to remaining tea. Stir. Set aside.

*Add the other 1/2 of ginger root to small sauce pan along with remaining 1 cup water and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce by 3/4 (or until you have a thick, sticky syrup). Mix tea mixture (bags removed) and ginger syrup mixture. Stir.

*Place one piece of candied ginger in each serving glass, along with 1-2 ice cubes. Add 1 part ginger-orange-tea mixture to 2-3 parts seltzer to each glass. Stir. Serve with orange peel/orange slice garnish (from remaining orange). Enjoy!

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