Cool Tea Refreshments
Cool Tea Refreshments
Designed by Brenda Hyde
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During the hot steamy days of summer cold iced
tea and other tea coolers are just the thing to
hit the spot, whether you are alone or entertaining
company. These easy recipes will have you sitting
in shade and sipping in no time.
1 cup cold strong Irish Breakfast or other black tea
1 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries or strawberries
1/2 cup apple juice or other 100% juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp. honey
In blender or food processor combine tea, blueberries, juice, yogurt and honey. Blend on high speed until smooth. Makes 2 servings.
Mint and Lemon Iced TeaIngredients:
3 cups of boiling water
4 black tea bags
2 fresh mint sprigs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 cups cold water
Fresh mint and sliced lemon for garnish
Use the boiling water to brew the black tea with the mint sprigs for 5 minutes. Strain or remove tea bags and mint. Add sugar and lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in cold water. Serve over ice, garnish with fresh sprigs of mint and a slice of lemon. Makes 8 servings.
Warm Weather Tea PunchIngredients:
2 cups water
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh mint
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups strong brewed tea
1 1-liter bottle cold club soda
Flower ice cubes
Place water, sugar and mint in a large pan and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain mixture and place in a large pitcher. Add orange juice, lemon juice and tea to the mint water. Chill. Just before serving, add club soda to the tea punch after you place in the bowl. Serve in punch bowl with flowered ice cubes-recipe below.
Flowered Ice Cubes: Filling ice-cube trays half full with water and place an edible blossom or petal on water in each cube. Freeze until firm, then fill the tray with water and freeze again. You can use:
Be sure they are pesticide and bug free!
Strawberry Iced TeaIngredients:
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 cups boiling water
5 tea bags-green or black tea
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 quart sparkling water, or seltzer
Clean and trim the strawberries. Place them in a bowl with the sugar-mix to coat and set aside. Steep the tea bags with the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and cool. Stir the cooled tea into the strawberry mixture. Add the lemonade. Place in a large pitcher and chill. Before serving stir in the seltzer and pour over ice cubes in pretty glasses. Makes 12 servings.
Almond Vanilla Iced Tea1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 quart of strong tea-any black or green variety
Combine all the ingredients and pour over ice cubes in tall glasses.