Friday, July 2, 2010

Keturah's Lime-Spearmint Iced Tea

This is one of my favorite summer drinks, courtesy of my good friend, Keturah. The club soda makes it a great substitute for pop when one is feeling slightly icky (such as might be useful to ladies in the early stages of pregnancy). Enjoy!
  • 4 or 5 Bigelow Plantation Mint teabags
  • 1 c. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 1 c. sugar syrup (directions follow) or honey
For the sugar syrup: Combine 1 cup raw or white sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to boil, swirling pan occasionally. Boil until all sugar crystals are dissolved, about a minute. Take off heat and let cool.

For the tea: Pour one quart of boiling water over teabags and lime zest; cover and steep 7-10 minutes. Remove teabags and zest. Stir in sugar syrup or honey. Let cool. When cool, add lime juice and one quart cold water. Refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve: Pour tea in glass over ice and add club soda (or more chilled water) until tea is desired strength – 1 part tea to 1 part club soda. You can play with the strengths and balances to find what you like best!


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  2. The tea is certainly refreshing. Reading this recipe on a hot summer day fills my taste buds with longing. Shall we go to the store? ;-)