Green Tea with Dried Blood Orange Slices

Sometimes you get inspiration from somewhere you least expect it. I got this idea while watching a K-drama, where they served tea in a bag that comes with a dried lemon slice. That got me hurrying into our local Whole Foods in the middle of Winter in search of lemons or any interesting citrus fruit I can find. Of course you can always use fresh lemons as I always do but dried citrus slices are convenient and handy when traveling.

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To make, wash and dry your lemons and blood oranges. Thinly slice it into about 1/8 inch thick. You can get approximately 6-8 slices per lemon depending on it’s size. Place your lemon and orange slices in a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a 200F oven for 4 to 5 hours. To make sure that it dries evenly rotate your pan every hour or so. When it’s done, let cool and store in an airtight container.

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Get a tea bag of your choice and place this in a cup together with one slice of your dried lemon or orange. Pour enough hot water and let steep. You can sweeten it with honey or sugar syrup if you want.

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