Marjoram and Orange Iced Tea Smoothie

Marjoram and Orange Iced Tea SmoothieBy Jennifer D. Stone Iced tea is a revitalizing taste sensation for a parched palate, regardless of the time of day. Mixed into a smoothie for breakfast, an iced slushy at lunch, a crisp glass of iced tea at dinner, or anytime in between, the options are endless. A lover of herbal teas has even more options available. With herbs that range in flavor from sweet and light to tart and tangy there's something to tickle everyone's taste buds. The tantalizing mixture below is my personal variation on the Orange Smoothie recipe and the Simple Syrup recipe found at

Whether you are an adult or a child a smoothie is a great way to start a day. A Marjoram and Orange Iced Tea Smoothie is smooth and creamy with a delectable citrus flavor. Polished off with a light, refreshing hint of mint the flavor lingers on your tongue long after your glass is finished. For a more filling smoothie try adding a bit of crushed or chunked pineapple.

Marjoram and Orange Iced Tea Smoothie – (makes 4 servings)


1 cup marjoram iced tea (medium to strong taste)    1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate    1 teaspoon vanilla extract    1 cup milk    10 cubes ice    ¼ cup mint tea simple syrup (add to taste, see recipe below)    Crushed Pineapple (optional)


1. In a blender, combine marjoram iced tea, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, milk, and ice.

2. Blend until smooth.

3. As you are blending, slowly add the mint simple syrup, you may or may not use the entire ¼ cup. Stop occasionally to taste for sweetness. Some prefer to add the syrup after blending since it's easier to adjust the sweetness to each individual.

4. Pour into glasses.

5. Stir in or spoon a dollop of pineapple on top and serve.

Simple Syrup:

· 1 cup granulated sugar

· 1 cup mint tea


1. Combine the granulated sugar (white is usually best) and the mint tea in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

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