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Chrysanthemum Iced Tea for Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube

A cooling twist on a classic Chinese tonic drink

Woohoo, we’re on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube! In our first video for the thirst-quenching sibling channel of Food Tube, we’ve given a classic drink from our childhood a little Dumpling Sister twist. Mum always used to make us down bowlfuls of the hot and unsweetened version of chrysanthemum flower tea for its purported health benefits… needless to say it wasn’t always our favourite!

On the other hand, our updated take has a beautiful subtle sweetness that nicely balances out the perfume of the flowers. We also serve it with loads of ice for a really refreshing kick!

Serves
4
Ingredients

2 small handfuls of dried chrysanthemum flowers
rock sugar, white sugar or honey, to taste
2 tsp goji berries
ice

Woohoo, we’re on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube! In our first video for the thirst-quenching sibling channel of Food Tube, we’ve given a classic drink from our childhood a little Dumpling Sister twist. Mum always used to make us down bowlfuls of the hot and unsweetened version of chrysanthemum flower tea for its purported health benefits… needless to say it wasn’t always our favourite!

On the other hand, our updated take has a beautiful subtle sweetness that nicely balances out the perfume of the flowers. We also serve it with loads of ice for a really refreshing kick!

GET THE METHOD →

Bring 1 litre of water to the boil and add the chrysanthemum flowers and goji berries. Reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
Take off the heat and while the tea is still warm, add the sweetener to your taste. A few tablespoons of rock sugar, or a few teaspoons of white sugar or honey is plenty sweet for us. Allow to cool completely.
When cooled, pour the tea through a sieve to strain off the flowers and goji berries, or transfer directly to a carafe or jug or if you want to serve the tea with its pretty trinkets, and chill. Serve with plenty of ice, and straws if you have kept the flowers and berries.
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