Orange Ginger Sparkling Tea

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HAPPY Friday folks! My word I have had a long week! But for every long week, there’s a weekend that follows. Ahhhhhh, weekends. I’m so happy the weekend’s here. It’s still pretty warm here in DC (although the humidity is dissipating!) and I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy these last few days of warm weather than with tea. Not saccharin sweet tea. Nope. Refreshingly fragrant, slighly spicy, incredibly effervescent, and mildly sweet tea. Sparkling Tea. Perfect for the fall tea. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it’s finally Friday tea!

Orange Ginger Sparkling Tea

(Printable Recipe)


2 fresh oranges

3 inch piece ginger root–divided

4 cups water–divided

3/4 cup sugar–divided

4 tea bags

1 liter bottle seltzer water

candied ginger (for garnish)


*Add 3 cups water to a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add tea bags and 1/2 cup sugar. Turn off heat. Let steep. Set aside.

*Peel and slice ginger root. Add 1/2 of ginger root to blender. Blend with the juice and pulp of one orange and 1 cup of tea. Strain. Add to remaining tea. Stir. Set aside.

*Add the other 1/2 of ginger root to small sauce pan along with remaining 1 cup water and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce by 3/4 (or until you have a thick, sticky syrup). Mix tea mixture (bags removed) and ginger syrup mixture. Stir.

*Place one piece of candied ginger in each serving glass, along with 1-2 ice cubes. Add 1 part ginger-orange-tea mixture to 2-3 parts seltzer to each glass. Stir. Serve with orange peel/orange slice garnish (from remaining orange). Enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Mmm… I love this take on a citrus, ginger tea!! LOVELY!!! Have a wonderful weekend. ~ Ramona

  2. This ginger flavoured tea looks delicious and refreshing my friend, who needs Lipton 😉

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  3. this is fantastic! it is so hot here in southern california and i am definitely in need of some refreshment – this is being made this weekend!

  4. This tea sounds delicious Tiffany! I love ginger, it is so refreshing in drinks! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)!

  5. Refreshing tea, Tiff! Happy Weekend honey….

  6. This certainly is refreshing! I do like the combination of orange and ginger … mmmm.

  7. Love ginger in tea – so healthy too! This sounds delicious paired with the fresh oranges. Have a wonderful weekend, Tiffany! 🙂

  8. Our summer is September! Yup, it’s very late! Orange and ginger are so refreshing, a perfect recipe for a late summer afternoon!

  9. Oh honeychild! This is some fantabulous tea and it totally takes me back to Oklahoma! My gramma made a very similar tea (hers was LESS classy!)

  10. What a great tea! Sounds delicious. And so many good ingredients for the upcoming cold season. I’m bookmarking this one for later!

  11. Lovely refreshing tea – love the double hit of ginger too!