To take the edge off the summer heat, tea can be the basis to a lovely, thirst-quenching drinks. With the abundance of fresh fruits, the addition of yogurt and natural ingredients several drinks can be made to please any palate.
Each of these recipes begin with brewed green tea. I use pre-bagged tea prepared according to directions: allow water to boil – briefly cool and pour over tea bags. Steep tea for one to two minutes.
Providing an array of fresh, summer fruits (or frozen) I can prepare special drinks for family or guests. For some you would want to make a simple sugar syrup and for others a prepared fruit blend.
Lemon Blueberry Tea
12 oz fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
pitcher of green tea (4 cups)
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
Garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon rinds
In a small pot bring frozen blueberries and lemon juice to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for five minutes. Strain the juice into a container. Sweeten the brewed tea with the sugar and stir in the blueberry-lemon juice mixture. Chill for one hour and garnish, if desired.
3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh mint
1 pitcher brewed Green Tea (4 cups)
2 1/2 cups cold water
combine blackberries and sugar, smashing blackberries. Add mint. Pour brewed tea over blackberry mixture and chill for 1 hour. Strain tea.
Citrus Sweet Tea
2 whole cloves
1 pitcher green tea (3 cups)
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cups sugar (or to taste)
garnish with lemon and orange slices
Bring water to a boil with the cloves. Add tea bags and steep according to directions. Discard tea and cloves, add fruit juices and sugar stirring until sugar is dissolved. Serve over crushed ice and garnish, if desired.
Lavender Lemonade Tea
1 cup sugar
1 cup brewed Green Tea
1/4 cup fresh dried lavender blooms
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
Lavender sprigs for garnish
Combine sugar with 2 1/2 cups water in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Add 1 cup brewed gren tea. Add the lavender blooms to the sugared tea water, cover and removed from heat. Allow to steep at least 20 minutes (up to several hours). Starin mixture and discard lavender. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher, add lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups cold water. Stir well. Chill or serve over ice cubes – garnish, if desired
Strawberry Green Tea
1 pound fresh (or frozen) strawberries
1 pitcher brewed green tea (4 cups)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
zest of 1 lemon
If using fresh, wash and quarter strawberries. Combine the strawberries, sugar, water and lemon zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook for approximately 20 minutes. Chill. Strain and add the strawberry syrup to the pitcher of green tea, stir. Garnish with strawberry slices and/or mint sprigs, if desired.
Raspberry Green Tea
Brewed Green Tea ( 8 cups)
1/4 cup water
3 to 4 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup sugar
combine raspberries, 1/4 cup water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Strain and add rasberry syrup to pitcher of green tea. Chill and serve garnished with sprigs of mint.
Berry Green Tea Smoothie
1/2 cup cranberries (frozen)
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/2 cup blackberry (frozen)
5 strawberries (frozen)
1 banana (frozen)
1/2 cup green tea (brewed and cooled)
1/4 cup yogurt (or soy milk)
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie
1/2 cup green tea, chilled
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon high-quality honey
Put all ingredients into a blender and combine until smooth and frothy.
Fruity Green Tea Smoothie
1/2 cup green tea
1/2 cup plan yogurt
1/2 peach, sliced
1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
I hope you’re enjoying this summer and take advantage of the wonderful, healthy fruits available. Combined with the antioxicants of Green Tea, you can not only enjoy a refreshing summer drink, but you can also boost your health with these wonderful ingredients.
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