½cuporange peelfrom about 1 to 2 medium sized oranges
2.5cupswaterplus more as needed
2tablespoonshoneyadjust to taste
2tea bagsI used masala tea bags flavored with Indian spices
1teaspoonorange zestoptional, you may also use lemon juice for a more citrus flavor
Wash the orange peels very well (you may use fresh peels or dried peels) and add the peels to a saucepan.
Add the two cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil.
Also add the zest (if using) and let the mixture simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Switch off the stove and add the tea bags. Steep the tea for about 3 minutes.
Once the tea is steeped, remove the tea bags from the saucepan (leaving the tea bags for longer time can make the tea taste slightly bitter).
If you are not in a hurry, you may leave the peels in the prepared tea until the tea cools down so more flavor from the peels will be added to the tea.
Add more water to the tea according to your preference. I added one more cup of water because when we simmered the water with the peels initially to make the tea, some of the water added is evaporated.
Once the tea is cooled enough, discard the peels from the prepared tea.
Filter the prepared tea through a strainer and transfer the prepared tea to serving cups.Add honey (or your preferred sweetener), stir in to mix with the tea & serve!
Alternatively you can refrigerate the filtered tea and serve chilled with ice cubes later if you want iced tea. In fact, orange peel tea tastes the best when it chilled in the refrigerator and served with ice cubes which is perfect, refreshing summer tea bursting with colors & flavors!So if you are not in a hurry, do try this tea chilled with added ice cubes.
You can also add more lemon juice if you want a more tangy flavor and also you can adjust the amount of sweeteners as you like.
You can add more honey, maple syrup or sugar based on your preference.
Instead of cooled tea, if you want hot cup of tea, you can reheat the prepared orange peel tea or you may filter the tea as soon as it's prepared (need to be careful since its's really hot), add the honey & serve hot!
It is a good idea to use organic orange peels to make orange peel tea for the most health benefits!