Fruit teas, also known as tisanes, are a refreshing and healthy beverage option. Blending aromatic Indian spices into fruit teas adds an exotic and flavorful twist. The possibilities are endless when experimenting with tart, tangy and sweet fruits complemented by spicy or earthy chai masala blends. Whether you create a simple pot on the stovetop or a chilled pitcher to enjoy all day, Indian-style fruit teas make a tasty anytime drink.
Selecting the Fruits, Spices & Sweeteners
The key components for making flavorful Indian fruit tea include:
Fruits – citrus, tropical, berries, stone fruits, melons, apples, etc.
Spices – cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, peppercorn, cloves, fennel seeds
Sweeteners – honey, sugar, stevia
Herbs – basil, mint, lemongrass, hibiscus
Experiment with different combo ideas or specific ingredients known to pair well together. Tailor fruit teas based on your taste preferences, what you have on hand, and ayurvedic health benefits.
Gathering the Ingredients
Stock up on a selection of dried spices to have on hand for blending fruit tea masalas. Locate them in the spice aisle at Indian grocery stores or online.
Always use high quality, fresh fruits without any spoilage. Thoroughly wash produce before chopping. The fruits don’t need to be perfectly chopped; just small enough to infuse flavors.
Brewing Stovetop Fruit Teas
How to make fruit tea by simmering ingredients together on the stovetop captures the most robust profile. Follow these simple steps:
1. Add 2 cups water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Wash, peel and chop your choice of fruits. Add to the saucepan along with desired spices.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes to infuse flavors.
4. Stir in sweetener if using and turn off heat.
5. Strain out solids. Adjust sweetness if needed.
6. Serve the vibrant fruit tea hot, warm or chilled over ice. Sprinkle extra spices on top.
Creating Iced Fruit Tea Pitchers
For chilled Indian fruit tea, steeping ingredients in cold water makes a refreshing cooler.
How to make fruit tea by the pitcher:
1. In a large pitcher, add chopped fruit, whole spices, herbs and sweetener.
2. Pour in 4 cups cold water. Stir gently.
3. Cover and refrigerate overnight to infuse full flavors.
4. Strain out solids before serving over ice.
5. Add bubbly sparkling water for a fizzy twist. Slice fruit garnishes.
Flavorful Indian Fruit Tea Combinations
There are endless options for custom fruit tea blends with chai spices! Try these tasty fusion ideas:
– Mango Ginger Peach Iced Tea
– Pineapple Mint Cinnamon Tea
– Apple Pie Chai Tea Latte
– Blueberry Lime Cardamom Tea
– Strawberry Rose Iced Tea
– Pomegranate Green Tea with Cloves
Tips & Variations
– Adjust sweetness based on ripeness of fruit used
– Mix and match black, green or herbal base teas
– Top with fresh fruit slices or edible flowers
– Swap honey for maple syrup or agave nectar
– Infuse nondairy milk with tisane for creaminess
– Shake with ice for frothy fruit tea smoothies
Homemade Indian fruit tea is simple to whip up using spices and whatever fresh produce you have on hand. Simmering or steeping chai masala infusions creates a heavenly bouquet of flavors. Feel free to get creative blending sweet fruits, earthy spices and aromatic herbs into your own signature fruit tea pots and pitchers. Sip these hydrating and nourishing Indian-style tisanes all year long hot or chilled!
Let me know in the comments if you try any of the suggested fruit tea combinations using Indian spices or if you create your own unique flavors!
FAQs Related To How To Make Fruit Tea
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about making fruit tea with an Indian twist:
1. What are some good fruits to use in Indian fruit tea?
Popular options are mango, pineapple, peach, apple, pomegranate, berries, citrus fruits, melons, pear, plum, apricot, etc.
2. What Indian spices pair best with fruit tea?
Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, fennel, peppercorn, clove and curry leaf. Start with small amounts and adjust flavors.
3. Is it important to wash the produce first?
Yes, always thoroughly wash fruits and herbs to remove any dirt before chopping and brewing.
4. Can I use frozen fruit instead?
Yes, frozen mango, berries, peach, etc work well. Run under cool water to thaw fruit slightly before adding to the tea pot.
5. How long do I simmer or steep the ingredients?
Around 5-15 minutes simmering extracts lots of flavor. For cold brewing, 12+ hours steeping yields the strongest taste.
6. What’s the best way to strain the solids out?
Use a fine mesh strainer or sieve. Cheesecloth or a coffee filter also works well.
7. What sweeteners go well with fruit teas?
Honey, sugar or stevia. For zero calories, sweeten to taste after straining fruit solids out.
8. Can I use dairy or non-dairy milk too?
Yes! For a creamy fruit chai, stir milk/milk alternatives into the finished strained tisane.
9. Should fruit teas be consumed hot or cold?
Either! Enjoy fruit chai teas steaming hot to savor full spice aromas or poured over ice for a cooling drink.
10. How long does fruit tea last stored in the fridge?
About 3 days. To extend shelf life, keep strained fruit tea concentrate frozen for a few months.