fresh orange iced tea
EVENT: BLOGGING MARATHON #88
THEME: REDO OLD POSTS – WEEK 4 – DAY 1
This is updated post… its not Eid as yet this year but will be arriving in 3 weeks time. I must also mention that security has much improved now in Mombasa but tourism is not what it was some years back. We get a few tourist from Europe but the world economy is partly the reason for lack of tourism. Hotels face a vicious cycle. They need to modernize their rooms up to the standard of what most hotel rooms world over are like. That means they need money, which should be coming fro tourism. There’s no tourism so where do they get the money. If they take a loan and still do not get the required number of tourists, how do you repay the loan. Therefore, some hotel rooms are not modern but rest assured the people of Kenya are very hospitable and friendly.
Wishing all fellow bloggers, followers and friends a very happy Eid. Lets pray that there is a conscious effort to maintain and bring peace world over, we don’t need more innocent people being killed, we don’t need to be scared of coming out of our homes to carry out every day chores and above all in this very short life that God has granted us; we need to be more loving and tolerant towards other cultures.
For the past few months, life in Mombasa is not what we have known for so many years- a sleepy, friendly, happy coastal town. Grenades in buses, on the beach, killings in villages around, has changed Mombasa forever. Every day Julius our house help voices his fear that crossing the Likoni Channel by ferry is a great risk as they fear someone maybe carrying a bomb. Security checks are not enough. The term Raha Mombasa is no more applicable to this tourist town. Raha in kiswahili means happiness or joy. People are not happy, jobs are scarce as tourism is dead. With this comes more insecurity. We are hoping that the government is bending backwards to improve security in the Coast region, considering that tourism is suppose to be the second biggest earner for the country. Lets pray for amani (peace).
Eid is just a couple of hours away, family and friends will meet up and wish everyone the best. Welcome them to your house with this refreshing drink.
FRESH ORANGE ICED TEA
1 cup boiling water
1 cup fresh orange juice
3-4 sprigs of fresh mint
1 tea bag or 1 tsp loose tea leaves
1-2 tsp sugar or honey or artificial sweetener
a couple of fresh mint leaves
a slice or two of orange
- Put boiling water in a jug or container.
- Add tea and mint. Mix.
- Cover the container and let the tea and mint infuse in the water for 5-7 minutes.
- When it is cool, strain the mixture.
- Add cinnamon powder,sugar, honey or artificial sweetener.
- Add fresh orange juice.
- Mix and leave it in the fridge to cool.
- To serve, fill the glass with ice cubes and top up with the orange tea.
- Serve with fresh mint.
- Chop up the mint roughly to get more flavour out of it.
- Add basil instead of mint.
- I prefer to use loose tea leaves as it gives a better taste and colour of tea.
- If you prefer more orange taste, add more orange.
- Add orange zest for extra flavour.
- Add some cinnamon powder for extra flavor.
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