Friday, March 23, 2012

iced tea made easy!

This has certainly been an unseasonably warm spring. But in celebration of all things thawed, I give you: Lemon and Honey Sweetened Iced Green Tea (quite a mouthful, but gulp-tastic, I assure you)

Things you will need:
herbal or black tea
a teapot or large saucepan
a wooden spoon
two small bowls or ramekins
a pitcher

3 tea bags - green, earl grey, or orange pekoe are best
2 lemons, juiced
2 Tbsp honey
6 stalks of fresh mint

Boil water for a full pot of tea. Steep the tea with the top of the pot removed.

Measure out honey into a small bowl or ramekin. Pour some of the tea into the bowl, stirring to dissolve the honey.

Pour lemon juice into a small bowl, ensuring seeds are all removed.

Cut the bottoms off of the washed mint. Place the full stalks inside the pitcher, with the cut stalks at the bottom.

When the tea has cooled, squeeze the tea bags and remove them from the pot, setting them aside. Pour the tea into the pitcher, directly over the mint. Add the honey and lemon juice. Stir.

Meanwhile, prepare another pot of tea, reusing the teabags, to add to the pitcher as it chills.

Chill the whole shebang in the fridge and pour over ice to serve.

Other flavours to consider adding:
fresh berries
lime juice
seltzer water
or try other teas like jasmine, oolong, or chai (replacing lemon juice with milk and mint with cinnamon bark)

1 comment:

  1. Yum I love ice tea. You said you are having a warm spring there.. and I'm looking out the window right now and it is snowing here :(