Madagascar Almond Spice Tea
Also Known As: Almond Spice Herbal Tea
Origin: Blend of various dried fruits and herbs from Canada, USA, Thailand, South Africa, and Spain
Ingredients: Luxury Natural Dried Apple Pieces, Rosehip, Almond Pieces, Red Thistle and Natural Flavors
Type: Herbal Tea
Caffeine Content: None
Taste and Aroma: Full bodied with almond and hints of cinnamon nestled between hibiscus and rosehip.
Number of Cups: 16oz = 200 cups tea; 4 oz = 50 cups tea, 1 oz = 11 cups tea
Preparation: Hot Tea: Place 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of Madagascar Almond Spice per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into the teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 3-7 minutes (or longer - the longer the steeping time to more intense the flavor becomes). Pour into your cup and add sugar to taste. **Do not add milk - the milk will curdle due to the ingredients in this blend.
Iced Tea: To make 1 liter/quart place 12-15 teaspoons of Madagascar Almond Spice into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
Uses: This tea is fabulous served hot on cold winter days or ice cold over a tall glass of ice on steamy summer afternoons. Do not add milk to this tea-- it will curdle due to the ingredients in this blend.
Substitutes:Coconut Tea, Pumpkin Spice Tea, Lavender Green Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Belgian Chocolate Tea and Lemon Balm Tea
Fun Fact: Although the island of Madagascar does not actually grow almonds commercially, almonds have been traded through the port for centuries. During the Middle Ages, Madagascar became an important trading hub, allowing for almonds to dominate Medieval cooking in Europe from Spain all the way to England.