Cool way to beat the summer heat

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What else can say summer better than a chilled glass of iced tea? A fruity strawberry flavored iced tea, with tang of lemon and a touch of mint.


Summer is here and the heat outside is cranking up. With a 100 F outside, it’s time to combat the sweltering heat of the summer sun with a refreshing glass of iced tea! What else can say summer better than a chilled glass of iced tea?

Strawberry Iced Tea

I think iced tea is a summer time classic and an icon of refreshment. Don't you think? The best thing about iced tea is you can prepare it in so many different flavors; strawberry, cranberry, rasberry, orange, lime, mint and more. It is so light 'n' refreshing and helps you stay cool and hydrated.

Here is a simple recipe for a fruity strawberry flavored iced tea, with tang of lemon and a touch of mint. This recipe makes a serving size of 2 glasses (like the one in the photo). You can change the quantities of the ingredients to match your taste.

Water- 2 glasses
Tea bags- 1-2 instant tea bags
Sugar - usually 6-7 Tsp
Strawberries- 2- 3 cups of frozen strawberries
Lemon juice- 2-3 Tbsps
Mint leaves- 4-5 leaves

Bring 2 glasses of water to boil. Remove from heat and dip the tea bags in hot water. Let it stand for 5-8 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and dispose it.

Depending on how strong you like your tea, use 1 or 2 tea bags. I usually make it strong considering the factor that the ice cubes will dilute the tea as they melt.

Add desired amount of sugar to the brewed tea.

Add lemon juice to the brewed tea. You can use freshly squeezed juice or lemon juice concentrate or lemonade.

Now, for the strawberry flavor, thaw the frozen strawberries. When they come to room temperature, mash them with the back of a ladle or give it a quick pulse in the blender to make a puree. Add the puree to the brewed tea and give it a nice stir.

You can use fresh strawberries as well. I prefer frozen ones as they are already cut and are easy to mash. If you don’t want to go through the process of preparing the puree, you can use strawberry syrup or any other fruit flavored syrup of your choice. You might need about 4-5 Tbsps.

Add a few mint leaves to spice up the flavor.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.

When it’s time for a soothing glass of iced tea, remove the tea from the fridge, pour it into a glass using a strainer to filter out any particles of the puree. Pop a few ice cubes into the glass, sit back and relax sipping your iced tea!


Raghu Vamshi said...

hey vadina..the way you explained the preparation of iced tea is awesome(esp ingredient proportions of recipe),i liked it.i wil b more than happy if i get a glass of it from u:)

Vinesh said...

Welcome to the blog world!

I see the watermark, but are those pictures of the actual drink you fixed? If they are, then pretty neat! :-)

In the meanwhile, I'll try to find strawberries in Bangalore.

TheYummyMorsel said...

Thanks a lot. Definitely, I will make a pitcher full of Iced tea for you :)!

Thanks! Yes, these are the pictures of the actual drink. If you don't find strawberries you can look for strawberry syrup. I believe you get it in Hersheys brand. If not you can use lemon juice to make Lemon Iced tea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pavithra
Indeed it was great!!!!!!!!!!!
I tried for the first time as per ur receipe. Every one at home like it
Please add some more easy and faster receipies

Medha said...

It looks so tempting in the picture that I have to try this receipe soon. Good explaination of receipe and mouth watering pic

prathima said...

Hey Pavithra, Congrats on starting this blog! I really like the description of the blog and of course this receipe.. Will try to follow it as much as possible! Great going! All the best! :)

TheYummyMorsel said...

Thanks a lot Divya. I am glad everybody at home enjoyed it. Sure, I will be adding recipes every month, so keep visiting.

Thanks, Medha. Let me know how you like it after you try it.

Thanks, Prathi.

Krithi Krish said...

Hey Pavithra

Kudos to you for this wonderful blog.

I love the name - theyummymorsel. And you've penned the recipe in a simple and clear manner. I will definitely try this at home.

And, needless to say, this iced tea which you had prepared was really fantastic.

Pavithra said...

Hey Pavithra,

Glad to find your blogs..loved your recipes as well as ur pictures..keep up your good work dear. I will be often here to see ur update. Do peep in mine when u find time.

Pavithra( Mine name too :)

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