Non Alcoholic Black Cherry Iced Tea
2 1/2 quarts water
1 pound fresh black cherries, pitted, or two 10-ounce bags frozen pitted black
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 whole star anise
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
16 green-tea bags
Mint sprigs, for serving
1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the black cherries, sugar,
lemon juice, star anise and the vanilla bean with its seeds. Simmer the cherries
over low heat for 15 minutes, crushing them against the side of the pan with a
wooden spoon. Remove the cherries from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
2. Strain the cherry juice through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan, pressing
on the solids. Discard the solids. Bring the cherry juice to a boil over
moderate heat. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 5
minutes. Discard the tea bags and let cool to room temperature. Transfer the
cherry tea to a large pitcher and refrigerate until chilled or for up to 2 days.
Serve the tea over ice, garnished with mint sprigs.
Makes 2½ Quarts