Saturday, July 28, 2012
Make your own ice tea
I've been experimenting with making my own ice teas. Basically I just make hot tea then put it in the fridge. Not exactly rocket science but I have been trying out a few different preparation methods and this is what I've decided works best for me: add 2 tea bags to a mason jar, fill with hot water (I use a tea kettle to heat the water), let cool until able to touch the jar, then screw on lid and cool in fridge over night.
I like this method for a few reasons. The mason jars take up less space in the fridge than making a larger pitcher; I can make more than one variety of tea at a time; and when you're ready for a glass you can spruce it up to your liking. By doubling up the tea bags you can get 2 servings per jar by pouring the desired amount to a new glass filled with ice and your desired garnishments. So far I've been going with 3 different varieties:
We always have a few different varieties of green tea on hand. I either add lemon and some fresh mint from the garden or add this to a protein smoothie (half the water I usually use & half green tea) with frozen bananas, almond butter, and flax oil.
Nursing Support Tea
I started drinking a cup of the this in every afternoon when Riesling was around 3 months but the habit tapered off as the weather heated up. I just couldn't stand a hot beverage in the middle of the day. It has a bit of a floral taste and I usually just drink it over ice. Some times I add a squeeze of lemon if I have it on hand. It's also nice because this is obviously only something I drink so I like the space saving aspect of the jars.
Chai Spice Tea
Mix with almond milk and a touch of sweetener (I used agave nectar but sugar or even sweetened almond milk would work as well). If you love ice chai lattes you have to give this a try! I made a pitcher of this and brought it to a dinner with a friend who is a chai lover and it was a big hit.
Cool, refreshing & homemade.