A delicious and perfect drink for a hot summer afternoon. An iced green tea refresher flavored with citrus notes and sweet mint to brighten your day. Kick back on your porch – drinks are served!
Without a doubt, one of my favorite summer beverages is iced tea. It is completely refreshing on a hot afternoon and also very inexpensive. Most of my childhood we lived with my grandmother. She was very routine in her iced tea brewing. Once the calendar hit Memorial Day she would brew up a fresh pitcher every morning. In fact, if it was unused by the end of the day she would toss it out and start anew the next time. Most days we drank the last drop before such an instance would occur. This schedule would hold until the dawn of Labor Day weekend.
Iced Green Tea Refresher
Out of nowhere, my mom and I started talking about ice tea on the phone earlier in the day. She apparently is now using the cold brew bags from Lipton and says they are fabulous. I cannot speak for the cold brew bags because I still make it the old fashioned way. Hot water is a necessary part of the equation.
In my WIAW post this week I mentioned that I went to Trader Joe’s to do my weekly grocery shopping. Weekly? What a joke. It is always at least twice a week. If I am prepared with a thorough list. One thing I was completely surprised to see at the Joe’s? Well, they actually sell prepared green tea in a bottle. So I guess you can go home and pour yourself a glass right away. Maybe I am harking back to my childhood days here, but I would never pay extra for something that is so easy to make. If you are looking to cut every corner possible to save time…well, maybe I could see it. In my option, you can easily brew up this iced green tea refresher while you are doing other things in the kitchen. I am offering up my personal favorite flavor combination, but there are many ways to get creative.
There is very mixed research out there as to whether or not green tea truly has any health benefits. I happen to like the taste, the small amount of caffeine, and the fact that it is less staining than regular black tea. Whether it burns fat or any of these other claims are not that well supported.
I drink iced green tea daily. It typically lasts a few days. I would not recommend keeping it much longer than that in the refrigerator anyway. My grandmother might be appalled I keep it at all. However, sometimes you do have to sacrifice a little to save time.
- 8 Cups of Hot Water
- 3 Green tea bags
- 1-2 Lemons
- 1 Navel Orange
- 3 Tablespoons of Fresh Mint
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Allow water to cool 5-7 minutes after boiling.
- Pour into a glass jar or pitcher.
- In the meantime, cut the orange and lemon into wedges and finely chop the mint.
- Steep for 15 minutes and remove tea bags from water.
- When the tea is room temperature add wedges of the lemon, orange and chopped mint.
Drink up, buttercup! Summer is hitting us like a heat wave. 🙂 At least that is the case in Austin, but surely we are not the only ones.
Have a fun weekend and I will see back here on Monday. Ciao!
Question of the Day:
- Are you an iced tea fan?
- Any fun plans for the weekend?
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