Beverages, Sizzling Tastebuds

Pistachio Rose flavoured Iced Tea

Iced Tea takes me back a decade ago when S and I were engaged to be
married. The non-tea drinker in me was totally ignorant about black Teas .For
me, the whole universe of Tea was the milky verison made at home with varying
strengths for grandpa and the rest of the family. Even Filter Coffee was a
morning ritual that grandpa used to take charge and serve the rest of the
family (yes, even grandmom was to be woken with ‘bed-coffee’ :-)) My
grandparents were blissfully married for over 60 years, and they spent their
entire lifetime pampering each other with little good deeds throughout the day.
No wedding manual for them. 

Ahem! coming to my story : S suggested
I have Kashmiri Kahwa (a saffron and spice induced black tea) as we talked in a
coffee shop (with a bookstore to boot). Nervous about meeting someone in person
and deciding whether to spend the rest of my lifetime with a person not even
from Bangalore (my hometown) shook me off my guard. So the Kashmiri Kahwa was a
definite no-no, as I wasnt sure about the name, or the ingredients. And I
choose the next best comfort thing : Spiced Lassi. And spent the next hour (or
couple more) sipping the icy cold Lassi in a totally air conditioned place, all
the while taking no notice when S proposed we get married in a couple of

All I knew was that the Kahwa black
tea that S was sipping looked and smelt delicious and I was too petrified to
change my mind 🙂 That was 10 years ago, and I have come to believe that a
teetotaller like me does well to sip unsweetened Black Tea / Green Tea / Lemon
Tea (my favourite) as a comfort. And guess what, on some lazy weekends, S does
pamper my 4 pm cravings with today’s post – Pistachio Rose Flavoured Tea. Guess
its our way of ensuring some marital bliss without a manual 🙂 

Its a super simple recipe, and I have
basically converted it to an Iced Tea version to beat the summer heat thats
already upon us.The hot version tastes equally nice.I have
sweetened this tea with Gulkand (rose petals crushed with sugar), but feel free
to add more sugar if you wish 🙂 Sending this to my own event – Magic Mingle #
14 for this month’s ingredients of Pistachios & Tea.


Prep time : 10 mins | Steeping time :
2 – 3 mins | Serves : 2

Difficulty level : Super Easy


  • Assam Black Tea – 2 sachets (or 2 tsp
    if using loose tea)
  • Hot water – 2 cups
  • Gulkand – 1 tsp , divided use
  • Pistachios – blanched and cut into
    flakes / slivers – 2 tsp (divided use)
  • Spice mix – 2 cloves + 1/2 inch
    cinnamon + 1 Cardamom
  • Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Saffron Strands – few 
  • Ice cubes – few



Freeze the serving glasses in the
refrigerator for 10 mins. It works wonderfully well for any cold beverage you
wish to serve.

Tie the whole spices in a small muslin

Boil the water till it rolls over.
Switch off the flame. Steep the tea bags and the spice bag for 4- 5 mins.

(If using loose tea leaves, boil the
leaves along with spice mix for 4 – 5 mins)

Strain into a bowl. Add the gulkand
and extra sugar if using. Mix in half the pistachios and stir well. 

Pour into the frozen glasses. Tip in
few more cubes if required. Top with the remaining pistachios and saffron.

Serve chilled immediately. Enjoy


Off this goes to  to Magic Mingle


Also to Priya’s Healthy Me- Healthy Us event


  1. Sanoli Ghosh

    A perfect and full of flavor thrist quencher.

    today's post:

  2. Very refreshing and inviting

  3. Lifewithspices

    wonderful thirst quencher..

  4. Vimitha Durai
  5. cookbookjaleela

    nice clicks. suitable for summer,
    falavorful medicated drink.

  6. Priya Suresh

    Wow,such a catch,highly aromatic tea, loving it.

  7. Wow interesting tea.


    yumm Gulkand in tea.. so innovative, I would love to sip some in this heat!

  9. Princy Vinoth

    this is so interesting and i'd like to grab a glass right away.

  10. vaishali sabnani

    Who wud not like to be pampered? Love the color of the drink.

  11. Interesting use of gulkhand! I really loved your grand parent's manual for marital bliss 🙂

  12. Nandita Pai

    that made a nice read Kalyani 🙂 and that drink is just perfect for the summer!

  13. Gayathri Kumar

    The iced tea look fabulous Kalyani. Loved all those crunchy nuts on top..

  14. Sagarika's Kitchen

    Really interesting one…
    Nice colour n refreshing…


    look good really. Loved all those nuts on top.;-)

  16. Suma Gandlur

    Haven't had anytime in the past two weeks to leisurely sit in front of the computer and savor the dishes virtually.
    Now this one is a visual treat. I was pounding my head for this particular edition and your husband had given you a fab entry. 🙂

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