If you are familiar with Plascon, then you know that we know our stuff when it comes to keeping your tea safe and we know quite a bit about tea in general. What you might not know is that we are located in Traverse City, MI, which is “The Cherry Capital of the World”. As the reigning champs in all thing’s cherry, Traverse City hosts the annual National Cherry Festival the first week of July. What better way to merge the celebration of National Iced Tea moth and the upcoming National Cherry Festival then with a sweet, refreshing cherry iced tea? This recipe is sure to treat your taste buds with the perfect mix of tart and sweetness.
2 1/2 quarts water
1-pound fresh cherries, pitted, or two 10-ounce bags frozen pitted cherries, thawed (black cherries are recommended)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 whole star anise
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
16 tea bags
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add cherries, sugar, lemon juice, star anise, and vanilla bean with its seeds. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, crushing cherries against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon. Remove mixture from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Strain the cherry juice through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a clean saucepan, pressing on the solids. Discard solids. Bring juice to a boil over moderate heat. Remove from heat, add tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and cool to room temperature. Transfer the cherry tea to a large pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, garnish as desired.
This drink is sure to add a touch of summer to any menu or event. To keep this, or any of your cold urn beverages as fresh and safe possible, Saftea® Liners can’t be beat! With our quick and easy installation you’ll be ready to serve your guests in no time, and cleanup is a breeze thanks to our zipped top to limit spilling and sloshing during use. Contact us today for more to learn more!