Iced Green Plum Tea
Because really, the problem with food blogging is that sometimes you don’t want to write about cooking. Sometimes you want to bring home a kilogram of green plums and eat them all in one day and make yourself sick. Well, maybe you don’t want to do that last part.
I discovered Reines-Claudes plums at the Bastille market last week, and have been getting way too many at a time because, jesus, they’re so cheap. It’s hard to tell with that glowing green skin, but these are the sweetest plums I’ve ever tasted, without a hint of that shocking acidity just under the skin that their larger, redder and purpler cousins have.
That thing with eating all of them and getting sick? Yeah, I did that. But then I went back and got more because they’re just that good. Now I’m trying them out in recipes so I’m forced to use them instead of just inhaling them.
This is a good one: like sangria, but tea. A syrup infused with Reines-Claudes is mixed with chromatically analogous green tea and served over ice, with slices of plums for a little nibble at the end. Toss in a red berry or two if you have ’em.
Iced Plum Green Tea
Makes about 1 quart.
1/4 cup sugar
12 Reines-Claudes plums, sliced into wedges
4 cups water
4 green tea bags
red berries and/or mint leaves, for garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup of the water, and about half of the plum slices over low heat. Cook the mixture for about ten minutes, until the sugar completely dissolves and the plums start to break down. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a bit, then strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or a square of cheesecloth. Reserve the syrup and toss the spent plums.
Boil the remaining water and steep the tea bags for about four minutes. Remove the tea bags, combine the tea with the plum syrup, and chill in the refrigerator until completely cold.
To serve, drop some ice cubes to the glass, pour the tea over, then spoon on a few slices of plum. Garnish with a few berries and/or a sprig or two of mint. Enjoy.
Music to cook by: World Spins Madly On [The Weepies // Say I Am You]