Citrus Tea

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My life has become about knitting and tea.  

That's an exaggeration, of course.  But as we continue to tromp through cold and snow, the importance of the two to my morale is hard to overstate.

My favorite tea, by far, is Teavana's Citrus Lavender Sage.  Unfortunately, it's not cheap.  Also, it has just a few weird-ish ingredients that I'm not sure I approve of.  Dried orange juice bits, for example?  How do you do that, even?

As such, sometime in January, I decided to try a knock-off version.  For all you people who find this through the google because you love the tea as much as I do--I'm sorry, it's not quite the same.  However, it is close and it is good.  

Citrus Tea (Makes about a half-gallon jar)

Ingredients*

  • 6 ounces dried pineapple
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 apple
  • 1 T dried sage leaves
  • 1 T dried lavender

Directions

First, you need to dry the citrus and apple.  If you have a dehydrator, slice the fruit into thin slices, arrange it on the trays, and flip the switch.  If you don't have a dehydrator, never fear, just dry the citrus and apple slices on the lowest temperature your oven will allow.  (Less than 200 degrees is good; you can prop the door open to keep the temperature lower if you need to.)  I dried these slices overnight.

Once the fruit is all dried, chop or crumble it into small bits.  Add the dried pineapple, dried citrus, dried apple, and herbs to a large bowl and use a pair of clean hands to mix them well.  Store in an airtight container.

To make tea, add a heaping tablespoon of the fruit and herbs to about 8 ounces of boiling water.  Let it steep for 3 or 4 minutes, then strain out the solids and enjoy a hot cuppa sunshine!

 [*I was able to buy dried pineapple, but couldn't find dried citrus or apples.  Obviously, if you can find those things, you could save yourself a step.]