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!
5 teaspoons loose leaf black tea
5-6 Strawberries cut in half
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
3 teaspoons honey
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. =]