Wednesday, 30 May 2012

English Springtime Tea Party

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Spring is in full swing here in Jolly Old England and everyone is all hyped up on event fever.  We have the Jubilee, the Olympics and best of all, a 4 day weekend coming up.  With such a full calendar, out comes our bunting & our cups & saucers.  It's tea time.

I personally, am not very fussy when it comes to tea.  I love it.  I will drink any kind you throw at me.  Earl grey, Fruit, Green, Black, Oolong,  white, Herbal or Rooibos.  Last year, for my birthday I got a kettle, a wooden box to put tea bags in and an infuser.


I think you're getting the picture.  I'm a big tea drinker.  People know it.  I drink buckets of tea in the winter.

Then comes spring.  Spring is when I feel brave enough to put on a dress, run through fields like an idiot and make daisy chains.  It's like coming out of a wintry scarf cocoon.  It's probably not the time for a boiling hot brew.



Which is why I like to make iced tea.  I create a lot of recipes for it, Which leads me to making lots of beautiful drink combinations.  I actually have three to share with you.  So hope you enjoy them!





This is the sweetest of the teas I'm sharing today, it goes perfectly with barbecues & anything else you're planning whilst this weather keeps up.  The colours of it are beautiful, serve in a glass of ice, with a lemon slice & some dried strawberry to make it look really pretty.



1½ pints boiling water
5 teaspoons loose leaf black tea
5-6 Strawberries cut in half
½ lemon
100ml purple grape juice
Dash of lime juice (or cordial)
2 strawberry tea bags (if you can't find a stand alone strawberry tea, use a mixed tea bag)
Couple of rose petals, clean (optional)
½ sprig of fresh rosemary (Literally the smallest amount ever)
Squeeze of honey (optional)
Lots of ice.

If you have a large infuser use it instead of using this method if not follow this: Place the loose black tea, rosemary & rose petals in the boiling water.  Leave to infuse for a couple of minutes.  Don't leave it too long, or it will turn bitter.  Strain using sieve.  Give it a good mix.




Next add the strawberries, honey (if you want it) and the strawberry tea bags, add the grape juice into the mixture and add a dash of lime.  Give it a stir, leave for 5 minutes.  Take out the tea bags and pour into serving jug.  Slice up the lemon thinly and add to the tea.  Pop in the fridge until cool.

Finally add the ice and serve!





I know what you're thinking, my camper van mug is cool.  Cheers for noticing.  Anyhow  This little beauty of a tea is actually served warm, and is making a regular appearance at work lately.  Despite the many health benefits, it's perfect for us weight losers as it helps curb appetite & detoxes your system.  It does wonders for your skin & stomach after a few days too.  It's simple too, you can make it in minutes.



1 mugs worth of hot water
1 green tea bag (any flavour, I used tangerine & verbena)
2 slices fresh lemon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Stew the green tea in the water for a few minutes or to your taste.  Remove the bag and stir in the ginger and mint leaves.  Leave to stew again for a minute or two.  Remove the leaves, add the sliced lemon and serve.




I suppose this one could be an acquired taste.  I made it because I love those refresher sweets you can get, but didn't want the calories.  This is perfect for kids & adults alike, and best of all,it's light as anything.

¼ pint boiling water
8 teaspoons loose leaf white tea
1 lime
1 lemon
3 teaspoons honey
3 strawberries
Handful of fresh mint leaves
1 pint fizzy water
150ml pineapple juice
Lots of ice.

Use an infuser if you have one. Or else follow this method:  Place the tea & mint leaves into the boiling water with a squeeze of juice ½ the lime and a dash of juice from ½ the lemon.  Leave for a few minutes, before straining.  Next add the honey, pineapple juice & strawberries and mix well.  Pour into serving jug and leave to cool.

Next add in the fizzy water & ice.  Slice the lemons & lime and add to the jug.  Serve over ice with a slice of lemon & lime. 




Hope you enjoy them, I'd love to hear what you think or any suggestions you have.  All these are pretty low on calories, but if you have any questions let me know!  I'll leave you with a springtime picture in the park with one of our dogs Logan & myself. =]




16 comments:

  1. I love tea, since living in Japan i've been drinking a ton of green tea. But I sure like the variety you have. Ice tea is prefect in the spring and summer time. I seriously can't wait to try all of your tea recipes, they sound wonderful. By the way pretty daisy chain =)

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    1. I love green tea, it's by far my favourite, I bet you can get some really nice ones in Japan too! and thank you, nothing beats making a daisy chain, makes me feel 5 again!

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  2. Look very refreshing! We're off to make some now:)The camper van mug is very cool

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    1. Thank you =] I know, right?! :P

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  3. These are lovely Emma, I think I need to rethink my tea habits - kettle on, Clipper Everyday in teapot, milk, no sugar. I'm going to try the ginger and lemon one tomorrow. Thanks for these x

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    1. OOh I love Clipper tea. Hope you enjoy it!

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  4. What a wonderfully refreshing tea party :D
    Do you think I can host one in my winter? ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. There's never a better time to drink it...and then you have an excuse to add a cake or two in there!

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  5. Katie Strawberryearth1 June 2012 02:43

    Oooh I love a good Ice Tea- strawberry one is defo on my list for this weekends washout! Make it sunny inside!

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    1. Haha, I'll get on doing my sunshine dance, I'm all pepped up for a hopefully sunny weekend! Have a good one

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  6. Love tea, but usually drink them hot...now you have me crave for some iced tea!

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    1. I'm a big tea person too, I'd never tried Iced tea until I met my Fiancee, he got me hooked!

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  7. Your strawberry tea sounds to die for! I can't get enough tea in my life, yum!

    I love your blog, definitely going to be following it. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! I recently started up a food blog and I would love for you to follow. New blog friends makes me :)

    http://sugarlyeverafter.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hi There, Wow...loved all your fesh combos of ice tea. absolutely refreshing and Appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I can't wait to try it on my island. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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