This refreshing iced ginger tea is based on a hot tea recipe my naturopathic doctor recommended for inflammation. I've adapted it for summer and brew it just like my mom did when I was little. She'd make "sun tea" in our family Chemex coffee carafe with tea bags tied to a wooden spoon so they were easy to fish out. The tea would brew for hours on the back porch in the warm sun. It was fun to watch the color darken throughout the afternoon. Here's how I make my version of iced tea...
Iced Ginger Tea
6-cup heat-proof glass container
4-inch piece fresh ginger
1 tablespoon cardamom pods
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1. Boil water in a tea kettle. Slice and smash the ginger. Crush the cardamom pods.
2. Using a long piece of kitchen string or twine, tie up the ginger, cardamom, and coriander in cheesecloth. Attach the string to the wooden spoon as pictured above. (You can also just add the ingredients to the heat-proof glass container and strain them out when it's fully brewed). I like to tie them to the spoon because it reminds me of my Mom.
3. Brew in the sun for several hours – the longer, the spicier. Pour over ice and enjoy!