Red Iced Tea is a variation of iced tea made with pomegranate juice mixed with brewed with black tea.
When I started my first job back in the Philippines on of the restaurants I usually go to when I am craving for Japanese was Tokyo Tokyo, that was more than 24 years ago. One of my go to dishes at that place was their beef misono and prawn tempura, usually these dishes are served with rice and a side of vegetable. This meal is incomplete without their famous red iced tea which by then I never knew what it was made of until I did my own research which ended up with our recipe today.
There are many blogs that offer this recipe in an attempt to make it at home, some uses grenadine, some uses strawberry juice, I am not sure what is the original recipe since it looks like a heavily guarded trade secret. What I do remember is how it tasted, its tangy with strong hints of cranberry and grapes, fairly tart with a bit of sweetness underneath, this means it can’t be from a strawberry. That then leaves me to grenadine which is quite hard to find not just in the Philippines but also here in New Zealand, but knowing that this non-alcoholic bar syrup is made with pomegranate this is where I will be basing my recipe from.
This red iced tea will be mostly made of natural ingredients so don’t expect any powdered juices on the ingredients list, and knowing it’s a form of iced tea, we will be mixing it with ingredients usually found in the usual Iced Lemon Tea so we will be using real black tea and lemon juice. This mixture gave a really good result, the first time I made it and tried it, I felt I was transported back to the Philippines on the year I first tried it at Tokyo Tokyo. If you tried the real thing from that restaurant chain, I request for you to try the recipe below and let me know how near it is with the real thing, hopefully its better as we use real fruit ingredients on it.