Spiced Iced Tea

SKIP TO RECIPE

It is no question now that we now know how the government is dealing with the citizens of the country. After the 4th of August, we, or at least I, have removed the expectations bar all-together as I know we’re gonna find a new low (not to be confused with LAW) with every passing week.

It’s been almost 2 months since the explosion and no results from the investigation, no one detained, none of those who manage the Port are held accountable, NOTHING but a rising number of victims from those dying due to their injuries and complications.

Donations flooded in for those affected by the explosions. Part of them reached beneficiaries, another part was distributed randomly, another part got burnt and damaged in the Port fire the erupted earlier in September around a month after the explosion (coincidence? or destruction evidence?) and some part was taken home. After the scandal of the allegedly vanishing Mauritanian fish donation, the Ceylon tea donation from Sri Lanka hit the internet by a storm, exposing another layer of corruption. Officials came out to “clarify” things, but do we really trust what they say? Personally, NO.

The Exclusive Ceylon Tea was a donation to those affected by the explosion, as shared by the Lebanese Presidency twitter account. Yet those in charge took it literally and allegedly realized that the donation is for the president himself. And based on that, they decided to distribute 1675kg of exclusive Ceylon tea to the soldiers of the presidential palace.

To continue act of kindness our president committed, I am offering a different way to use the exclusive Ceylon tea that the Presidential Palace Army just received. I have no connections to anyone in the army, so I used loose leaf tea I have at home from months ago. It wasn’t Ceylon nor exclusive. Yet if you were a recipient of the exclusive Ceylon tea, I urge you to try this recipe since everything tastes better when it’s free.
Ask the influencers.

If I’m abiding by what I hear in the news, I can convince you that this tea protects and heals against covid-19 due to the presence of star anise, but we all know this was nothing but a fad. So enjoy this refreshing tea, full ice, while we wait for this long long film to end.

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Spiced Iced Tea

Ingredients

Makes 1.75 liters

  • 2 liters water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup loose tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • 5 star anise

Procedure

  • In a large pot, add the water and all of the spices and tea. Bring to a boil and add the sugar and stir to dissolve
  • Once all the sugar is dissolved, bring the mixture to a boil and simmer on low heat, uncovered for 30 to 60 minutes until the tea gets a little syrupy
  • Turn off the heat and allow it to cool before straining and storing in a bottle or fridge jug
  • To serve, fill third of the glass with the tea syrup and pour cold water until it’s two thirds full. Stir and taste if it requires more syrup then fill the glass with ice and serve
* The tea works as a hot tea drink as well as cold

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