Liven Up Your Iced Tea
February 12th, 2013 posted by Brenda Hyde
Glass Storage Pitcher (2-qt.) Perfect for outdoor barbeques and picnics! Store your iced tea or lemonade in this wonderful pitcher .
Iced tea is a traditional refreshing drink during the warm months, and one of my favorites. However, there is so much more you can do with tea to liven up your days and nights! Remember, too that presentation makes all the difference, whether you are entertaining others or treating yourself during a busy day. The idea is to make drinking tea relaxing and to pamper yourself a little bit, especially during the hectic days of summer. A pretty chilled glass filled with ice cubes is the easiest way to start. Try these other additions to jazz up your iced tea: *freeze whole strawberries to add to your drink. *freeze edible flowers in your ice cubes such as violets, borage or scented geraniums. (Remember, not all flowers are edible) *add a sprig of fresh mint or lemon balm to your drink *a thin slice or lemon, orange or lime can be added also. I have four recipes for you to try. They can be made and kept in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator for a refreshing drink throughout the day, or you can double the recipes for company. Enjoy!
Honey Apple Tea
4 black tea bags 1/3 cup honey 3 cups unsweetened apple juice 3 cups boiling water lemon slices In a 2 quart pot, brew tea bags in boiling water. Remove bags, add honey and apple juice. Stir well. Pour over ice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Fruit Tea Punch
1 cup honey 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup fresh fruit, crushed 1 1/2 cups fresh, strong tea 1 pint ginger ale Mix all ingredients except ginger ale. Just before serving add ginger ale and crushed ice. If the punch is too strong for your taste you can dilute with ice water or more ginger ale.
Cinnamon Apple Cooler
1 1/2 cups boiling water 6 Cinnamon Apple tea bags 3 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cups cold water 1 cup grape juice 2 teaspoons lemon juice Club soda, chilled In teapot, pour boiling water over teabags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Remove bags; stir in sugar and cool. In pitcher, combine tea, cold water and juices. Serve in ice-filled glasses with a splash of soda. Garnish, if desired, with lemon slices.
Strawberry Yogurt Cooler
2 rosehip tea bags 2 cups boiling water 2 cups plain lowfat yogurt 3 tablespoons honey 1 cup sliced strawberries Steep the tea bags in a small teapot or bowl for 10 minutes, covered. Remove tea bags. Place the yogurt, berries, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the tea to the yogurt mixture, and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.
Tea is becoming as popular as coffee. A newly found appreciation of fine tea has led to a proliferation of tearooms and tea shops from coast to coast. So Mathew Tekulsky has now done for tea lovers what his nationwide best-seller, Making Your Own Gourmet Coffee Drinks, has done for coffee drinkers — provided an array of recipes that is sure to please any palate. In Making Your Own Gourmet Tea Drinks, he offers more than 100 heart-warming recipes that include such tasty delights as Raspberry Tea. Apricot Iced Tea, Strawberry Tea Shake, Lemon Iced Tea, Cinnamon-Cranberry Iced Tea, Rum-Cider Tea, Grand Marnier Tea, Cocoa-Mint Tea Shake, and Iced Creme de Menthe Tea. Now you can enjoy all of the best gourmet tea drinks right in the comfort of your own home.