fresh orange iced tea

July 27, 2014mayurisjikoni
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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.

Eid Mubarak


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).

empty Bamburi Beach                                                                 


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.




Serves 2

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
ice cubes
a couple of fresh mint leaves
a slice or two of orange

  1. Put boiling water in a jug or container.
  2. Add tea and mint. Mix.
  3. Cover the container and let the tea and mint infuse in the water for 5-7 minutes.
  4.  When it is cool, strain the mixture.
  5. Add cinnamon powder,sugar, honey or artificial sweetener.
  6. Add fresh orange juice.
  7. Mix and leave it in the fridge to cool.
  8. To serve, fill the glass with ice cubes and top up with the orange tea.
  9.  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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  • beena stephen

    July 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Lovely recipe. Thank u for sharing

  • Vanitha Bhat

    May 24, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Refreshing and with a gorgeous color! Love all the flavors..awesome share 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you Vanitha, the oranges we get right now are just awesome.

  • vaishalisabnani

    May 25, 2018 at 12:09 am

    The iced tea with orange sounds very refreshing and a perfect way to entertain on Eid !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Thank you Vaishali and good any day too to beat the heat.

  • Pavani

    May 25, 2018 at 4:47 am

    That is such a refreshing and delicious looking iced tea. LOVE the addition of fresh orange juice in it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Pavani.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 25, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Orange iced tea sounds so refreshing and yummy. Orange tea mint and cinnamon wow! I can feel the taste flavour. I would love to have a chilled glass of this delicious drink any time to refresh in this scorching summer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Sujata. It is a very refreshing drink and healthy.

  • Priya Suresh

    May 25, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Excellent summer friendly drink, i love citrus flavored iced tea but dunno why i never tried my hands with oranges.Now am tempted to try this drink. Lovely share Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, try it out I’m sure you’ll love it.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    May 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

    The drink looks refreshing and sounds so flavorful di..perfect summer treat !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Poonam, yes a perfect summer treat.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    May 25, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Cool and refreshing orange tea for the summer season. Will try it out.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Shobha…please do, its delicious and add a bit of cinnamon.

  • Usha

    May 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Orange juice ice tea looks great and pictures are tempting

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Usha.

  • gayathriraani

    May 26, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I haven’t tried the iced tea recipes yet. The combination of orange juice and tea sounds amazing and it looks really good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Try it Gayathri, I make with so many different fresh juices. Its a perfect cool drink and you have your dose of tea too.

  • Varada

    May 27, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Very refreshing and perfect to have on a hot summer evening. The pictures look great!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you Varada.

  • Meghna Chakraborty

    May 27, 2018 at 3:15 am

    What an amazing, refreshing and vibrant summer, am sure gonna try out this summer. Thanks for the incredible share 😉

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Meghna.

  • jayashreetrao

    May 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Orange iced tea looks refreshing, the season is apt for it. Nice share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you Jayashree.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    May 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Tourism is in doldrums here too Mayuri but I hope it picks up in Mombasa soon too! It is sad that the world is heald ransom for the beliefs of a few.
    As for the drink its delicious I could guzzle up a few glasses it is so hot here.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Archana. I agree with you.

  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    May 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Love this orange flavored iced tea, so refreshing and delicious! Looks lovely 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Freda.

  • Maria

    May 28, 2018 at 10:51 am

    That’s a splash of freshness in this scorching heat! I make iced tea with apples but never tried with oranges. Guess now is the time!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Maria, try it. You’ll love it. I make it with so any different fruit juices.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    May 28, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Totally loving the color of the drink… so orange, so you might have made the tea really light then! I wish the economy would pick up everywhere, things are just looking so gloomy and scary at times…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Rafeeda and yes the tea I made is light. One can choose to make it they way they like. Scary times definitely as no one can plan for the future anymore.

  • Padma

    May 28, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I totally need this refreshing drink right now…It started getting so hot over here!! Superb combination of flavours…Loving it to the core!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much Padma, it is very refreshing.

  • theyellowdaal

    May 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    So much needed right now. As I was going through your post it’s 40C here and this was making me drool. Lovely share👍

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks Avin. Hope the weather becomes cooler soon.

  • Uma Srinivas

    May 29, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Love the color and flavor of the iced tea! Perfect for hot days!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Uma.Yes its perfect of hot days.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    May 29, 2018 at 3:51 am

    With clementines and oranges flooding the market now, i am sure to try this version of yours.Beautiful pics dear

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, its a very refreshing drink.

  • Srivalli Jetti

    May 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The drink surely looks very appealing!..I am sure kids will love it..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Srivalli.

  • Sandhiya

    May 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Orange iced tea sounds so refreshing and i love the addition of mint leaves. My kind of drink for sure. I need this kind of drink now as it’s getting very hot here now a days.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhiya. Try it is delicious.

  • Renu

    May 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Looks so so refreshing…and the colour of the tea is just wow…will try this out..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Renu, the colour is from the oranges we’re getting at the moment.

  • Harini

    May 30, 2018 at 5:18 am

    It is sad to see the state of affairs all over the world. People just need to have patience and tolerance and be able to live in harmony with their neighbors. This refreshing beverage would definitely be loved by us. Bookmarking it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Harini and we can only pray and hope for a better world, and we keep on doing our bit.

  • Sowmya:)

    May 30, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    It looks so fresh and refreshing….orange with tea sounds delicious and a must try for the summers!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Sowmya. Please try it.

  • farah

    June 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    that drink looks very rich…….can see how thick and juicy the oranges are……..lends great taste.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 1, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Farah, I don’t remove the pulp of the orange. That’s what makes it healthy and thick.

  • chefmireille

    June 6, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    looks like such a refreshing summer cooler

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

      Thanks Mireille.

  • cookingwithsapana

    June 9, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I love fruit based iced teas and this one with fresh fruits sounds super refreshing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks Sapana, I too love fruity iced teas.

  • Seema Sriram

    April 14, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    We have been in iso past week and something soothing for the throat was absolutely needed. I loved sipping the orange Iced tea as I was trying to keep my family going and it was a real stress buster recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much Seema, am glad that fresh orange iced tea proved to be a stress buster for the family.

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