Apr 25, 2015

Orange Basil Iced Tea

With summer on, in full swing, we search often for different drinks to soothe our parched throat! It is truly important to keep ourselves well hydrated in heat. Drinking plain water through the day can be boring, and nauseous at times. The trick, then, is to flavour our drinks with some palate pleasers. This way, we can drink enough fluids to keep the body hydrated well enough.

For more on hydration, and it’s importance, read my article here on importance of water.

Here is an idea which you can use to add fun to your fluid intake. Tea is a diuretic, which means it increases water excreted from the body. So to help maintain the fluid balance in the body, I have diluted the iced tea with plenty of water and added orange juice for extra vitamins and minerals.

  • People who have special fluid restrictions like in kidney aliments will have to stick to their prescribed form of fluid intake. This drink may not be suitable for them.
  • If you have diabetes, or are obese, this is not the best way to replenish fluids for you. Cheer up! I will be back with interesting drink recipes for you also.

Enjoy chilled Iced Tea


  • Does not contain gluten, soya, corn, yeast, lactose.

Preparation Time – 10 minutes + 1 hour chilling, Cooking Time – 3-4 minutes, Serves – 4-6 glasses


COOKWARE – Tea pot/saucepan, jug, glasses to serve


  1. Juice of 2 oranges, about 1/2 cup or more, freshly squeezed orange juice.
  2. 3 tea bags of your choice of flavour. Lemon, ginger, mint teas all work well.
  3. 2 cups drinking water + 4 cups chilled drinking water
  4. A tiny fistful Basil seeds/sabja seeds
  5. 2 tbsp honey
  6. Ice cubes and orange slices to serve


  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a saucepan. Place tea bags in the saucepan, remove from heat, cover and steep for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Soak the basil seeds in the remaining 4 cups chilled water.
  3. Squeeze out the tea bags. Mix in the orange juice, strained tea, chilled water and honey.
  4. Stir well, chill for an hour.
  5. Serve topped with ice cubes and slices of orange to garnish.

Orange Basil Iced Tea


Rafeeda AR said...

those pics are just amazing... the drink looks really refreshing as well...

Rajani said...

Rafeeda, thank you! The drink refreshes as well as it looks. :-)

Siri said...

Love how simple yet lovely the flavors are Rajani. Bookmarked to try in summer. :-)