Thursday, November 19, 2009

Carambola iced tea

Preparation Time 

30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 carambola (star fruit), sliced crossways into 5mm slices
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 18g (1/4 cup) Ceylon orange pekoe tea (Twinings brand)
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbs caster sugar
  • 1.75L (7 cups) boiling water


  1. Place carambola slices on a baking tray and drizzle with half the lemon juice. Cover with cold water and place in the freezer for 6 hours or until frozen.
  2. Combine tea leaves, mint and sugar in a large heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water. Set aside for 15 minutes to brew. Strain tea through a fine sieve into a large jug and add remaining lemon juice. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool.
  3. Pour tea into tall glasses. Remove carambola ice from the freezer and break into pieces, with one carambola slice in each piece. Place a few pieces in each glass and serve immediately.

Notes & tips

  • Allow 6 hours freezing, 15 mins standing & 30 mins cooling time

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