Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Beverages

Both of these recipes are re-posts.  It's hot in these parts, and we don't drink carbonated drinks very often, so tea and lemonade are our refreshment when we're looking for something other than water!

Iced Tea Lemonade - originally posted August 24, 2008

lemons

We've come to love making iced tea lemonade. If you haven't made it but you love iced tea and lemonade, you have to try it! Just make iced tea. We usually do 5 bags of tea (steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes) with 2 liters of water and 1 cup of sugar. You can either buy lemonade concentrate at the store and mix it up or if you want to make it homemade, here's the recipe we use:

Lemonade
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 large lemons)
5 cups water
1 cup sugar

Then add half of the tea and half of the lemonade mixture. It's very refreshing!

Iced Green Tea - originally published October 18, 2009

iced green tea

Jeremy and I LOVE green tea, but I am kind of getting tired of buying it in the store. It has so much sugar in it. And Jeremy read somewhere that if you drink green tea with food cooked with chilies, they react with each other causing your metabolism to speed up. Hmmm...sounds like a reason to make green tea! I couldn't find a great recipe for green tea. I read something about not adding cold water to the tea because it destroys some of the flavor. I decided to just try my own recipe. Here's what I did.

For every one cup of hot water, add one tea bag.
For every cup, add 1 tablespoon of honey.

So I did 7 cups of hot water and threw in 8 tea bags, 8 tablespoons of honey, and then put a tray of ice cubes (that's why I did the extra tea bag and honey).

Results...
We had some tea before it was completely cooled and it left a weird aftertaste. The next day, after it had chilled overnight, I tried some over ice and I loved it. The aftertaste was gone and it was the light tea that I love, with a hint of sweetness.

Do you have any refreshing summer beverage recipes to share?  I would love some new ones!


2 comments :

MaryAnne said...

nothing beats fresh lemonade in the summer!

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

mmmm yummy, those lemons looks SO refreshing and an easy recipe toooo!

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