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Tangerine Thyme Cooler

Photo: Thomas J. Story
Total time 20 mins
Yield Makes 6 quarts
Oakland cookbook writer Bryant Terry, author of Vegan Soul Food and The Inspired Vegan, whipped up this refreshing, not-too-sweet drink for us one afternoon in his home kitchen. It makes a lot, but you'll find yourself drinking glass after glass of it, especially on a hot day.


  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, divided
  • 13 large tangerines (such as honey tangerines) or oranges, divided
  • 6 cups ice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 67
  • caloriesfromfat 2 %
  • protein 0.5 g
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 16 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • sodium 8.3 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Mix sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Strip leaves from three-quarters of thyme and add leaves to sugar mixture. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher.

  2. Juice 11 tangerines and add juice to pitcher. Add ice and 8 cups water.

  3. Slice 2 tangerines thinly, removing seeds, and add to pitcher with remaining quarter bunch of thyme sprigs.

Vegan Soul Food; The Inspired Vegan.