Darwin's year-round temperature profile is essentially varying degrees of 'warm', so I'm always on the lookout for healthy refreshing drinks that I can consume by the jugful without paying a consequent small fortune in dental bills in a few years to come.

This is a recipe I stumbled across many years ago. It's an iced tea drink with a twist -  halfway between a chai and orangina. Perfect for hot weather days, this recipe also puts some of those pot pourri spices mouldering on the spice rack to good use.

1/2 c sugar
1c water
1 stick cinnamon
6 cloves
3 cardamom pods
2T tea leaves
4c boiling water
Juice of 1 large lemon and 2 oranges
Ice cubes and soda water to serve

Boil 1c water, sugar and spices for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Brew tea in a large pot and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Strain into large bowl with spice mixture and leave to cool. Stir in orange and lemon juice. Serve with ice cubes and diluted to taste with soda/mineral water.

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