Drink: Iced Tea

To lightly proclaim my like of tea would be a huge understatement. I love the stuff and drink it by the gallons infatuated by its warmth and calming charm, my devotion to the brew of Gods is an ongoing love story. There is something about tea that is special and despite my lovingly jabber, only a tea lover could understand the soothing embrace of a cuppa and its humble familiarity. With its bitter-sweet taste, its calm to shoo the troubles and worries of life – Tea is the comfort blanket to survive adulthood, a pick-me-up first thing in the morning and the soother to send you off to nap-land.

my devotion to the brew of Gods is an ongoing love story.

Black tea, Green tea, Chamomile or ginger and fruit teas there are so many to choose from, each with their own qualities depending on your mood or fancy. Call this madness but tea and all its milky goldenness is what binds this nation together, it brews over the conversation and the banter, over the tears and consolations and for all those carefree nights with that box-set and a packet of Kimberley – a cup of the brown stuff does the trick.

Although nothing truly can trump a good ‘auld cuppa as summer has arrived – here are a few sweet and quick recipes perfect for chilling out in the sunshine…

Stripped – It’s Back to Basics:

This recipe is the basis of all Ice Teas, simply follow these instructions to create a Basic Ice Tea.

  • 8- 10 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 orange
  • Brown/white granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • Ice
  1. Depending on your desired strength, place 8 – 10 black tea bags into a heatproof pitcher and peel your lemon and orange taking care not to include any of the white pith.
  2. Put the peel into the pitcher with 2 tablespoons of sugar and add hot (not boiling) water. Let this steep for 10 -15 mins.
  3. Remove tea bags and place pitcher into the fridge.
  4. Serve beverage in glasses with ice and sliced lemon or orange.

After you’ve got down to basics try your hand at other recipes and experiment. Below are a few ideas to get you started – Chin Chin.

Feeling Peachy:

  • 8- 10 tea bags of any good-quality black tea
  • 3 medium very ripe peaches
  • Handful of strawberries (optional)
  • Brown/white granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • Ice
  1. Peel and chop peaches and place into a saucepan with a little water and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Heat peaches while constantly stirring, adding a little water here and there to create a watery syrup.
  2. Use a sieve and pour contents through into a jug separating the pulp from the syrup. Press pulp firmly down into the sieve by a spoon making sure no juice and syrup is left behind (we wouldn’t want to waste our efforts now would we?)
  3. In a heatproof pitcher add tea bags and pour hot water. Leave to steep for 5 mins.
  4. Pour peach syrup into the pitcher of tea and give it a good stir. Leave inside a fridge to chill.
  5. Serve in glasses with ice and chopped strawberries.

Getting in your Zen:

  • 8- 10 tea bags of any good-quality Green tea
  • 1 large lime
  • Sprig of mint
  • Brown/white granulated sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • Ice
  1. Depending on your desired strength, place 8 – 10 green tea bags into a heatproof pitcher and peel your lime
  2. Put the peel into the pitcher with 2 tablespoons of sugar and add hot (not boiling) water. Let this steep for 10 -15 mins.
  3. Remove tea bags and place pitcher into the fridge.
  4. Serve beverage in glasses with ice and sliced lime and some crushed garden mint.

Perfect for lounging about in the sun …

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Author: TheAddict'sScrapbook

About the addict: Irish, a madman, a writer, a freelance editor, ranter, a whiskey drinker, a talker, a traveler & a big eater.

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