When I was 12 years old, every Friday night I would travel to my local sports centre to enjoy the swimming pool. It's been knocked down now, but back then, it was a chlorine filled mecca for pre-teens like me. We would all meet up, swim around for a bit, annoy the lifeguards and dare each other to go dive in the deep end.
The deep end is a big deal for me. When I was 12 I was even bloody shorter than I am now, so when I was dared, I said no. I couldn't dive, I couldn't see the bottom and I wasn't doing it.
"I will buy you a Slush-Puppy if you do it" said a friend of mine. "..an extra large one"
The large ones were the prize. No one would buy THEMSELVES an extra large. That was an extra £1, and it came in a bucket! It was crazy enough of an offer for me to accept.
One disastrous belly flop later, and a big telling off from a lifeguard, I cradled my prize at the little diner on site.
TOTALLY WORTH IT.
My love of slushies pretty much starts from there. For years it was my go-to if I saw the little whirly dispenser behind a counter. Then as the years went by it got more and more 'age inappropriate' to buy them. Finally, a few years back when I decided to change my diet (for my health and because I was quite fat) they started to taste to artificial for me. It sucked. You know when your memories of something are better than the actual thing?
Yeah, thanks a lot brain.
Then like everything else, I discovered that making your own is so much cooler.
So what's with this one? Well, I caved and bought one from a coffee shop and the damn thing was so sugary, sour and artificial that it burned my tongue and made me feel a bit sick.
The flavours were such a good concept though that I decided to nick it and try and make a version of it myself. For adults. (aka, put it in a cocktail glass and pretend you actually know what you're doing)
Takes me right back to slurping up a slushy back at the leisure centre, complete with brain freeze and sensitive teeth pain. It's tangy, refreshing and contains no artificialness, no sugar or sweeteners and the best thing is that is also contains tea. Proper tea. So it's like an ice tea, but with slushy-ness. God I love tea.
And it only takes 2 minutes to make. Bargain. This makes 2 cocktail glasses worth.
YOU WILL NEED
1 pint glass of ice cubes
1/2 pint of boiling water
Either 3 teaspoons of loose leaf green tea or 3 green tea teabags.
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
handful of mint leaves
FIRST OF ALL
EARLIER ON: Brew your tea (or tea bags) in the hot water for 2-3 minutes. Then filter out the tea leaves (or take out the tea bags) and pop in the fridge until cool.
Load up your blender with your ice, pour over the lime juice and stuff in the mint leaves. Next pour over your tea.
BLEND IT REAL GOOD.
Pop your lid on, put it on the ice setting (if you have one) and let it blend for about 30 seconds, or until all the ice is crushed.
SERVE IT JEEVES
Pour into glasses, add cocktail stirrer and serve immediately. DAMN that tastes good, huh? You know what would make this tastes even better and more adult? A little slosh of gin. I won't judge if you won't.
A WEE TIP
IE: a little tip, if you infuse the brewing tea with 1 or 2 fresh basil leaves it gives it a lovely kick. Just make sure you take them out before you put it in the blender! The basil is a good herb to use for decoration too, cause it smells damn good.
Enjoy the hot weather while it lasts!
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