Monday, April 23, 2012

Strawberry-Lemon Iced Tea

 As the warmer days of spring and summer approach, nothing hits the spot like a glass of ice tea or lemonade.  I actually love to mix the two together because I find it gives a sweet and tart balance that is amazing.  This time I decided to get creative and threw in some fresh strawberries for flavor and a gorgeous color to make this festive Strawberry-Lemon Iced Tea.   As a Sri Lankan a good quality tea is a must have in any household. My favorite brand of tea is Aura brand of Ceylon Teas by Almar Teas.  Aura makes strawberry and lemon flavored teas that are delicious. So I took a little help from them by using their flavored teas and enhancing it with some fresh lemon juice and strawberries. It may be hot outside, but with a refreshing glass of this tea, you can relax and actually feel good your are drinking something full of vitamins and antioxidant.

6-8 tea bags
2 cup of fresh strawberries
Juice of 2 lemons
Sugar or sweetener to taste
8 cups of water (divided)

Boil 2 cups of water and steep tea bags for 3-4 minutes. Allow hot tea to cool down or add some cool water to cool it down.  Pour tea with fresh hulled strawberries and lemon juiced into a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the blended mixutre with a fine mesh strainer. Add remaining water and sugar or sweetener.  Taste.  Garnishes with fresh strawberries and/or lemons. Enjoy.

 Note:  To make this a fizzy drink you can add club soda for the remaining water.

Disclosure: I received the Aura Ceylon Teas courtesy of  Almar Teas.  I was not compensated in any way for writing this post.  The opinions stated in this post are my own. Thank you. 

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