Hello, Melissa here! Those that know me, know I get very hot easily! With this gorgeous sizzling Summer, it’s hard to stay unflustered in the city, so I’ve always got a refreshing iced tea brew on the go to keep me at ease and (try to stay) as *cool as a cucumber*.
*Scroll down for 4 of my favourite recipes for iced teas that you can turn perfectly into mocktails & cocktails too!*
Come rain or shine, I like to make sure my loved ones are well fed AND well hydrated so I’ll always have a pot, either freshly brewed and steaming hot in Winter, or a jug chilling in the fridge in Summer. Drinking lots of water can be a bit boring or feel a chore sometimes and I know the feeling, when all you want is an iced coffee to boost your morning or soothe your afternoon “sweat and slump” •. But how about switching up your regular caffeine hit for a fresh pot of something really refreshing? I’ve got just the thing for the perfect Summer sipper recipes!
Making your own drinks is simple and a great way to use up spices, herbs and fruit that you’ve probably already got in your cupboards or fridge or window sill and it means less sugar too, always a bonus. I tend to sweeten mine with a dash of good quality maple syrup or local raw honey and if you’ve got any already, a little squeeze of date syrup or pomegranate juice or molasses is delicious.
Kids love getting involved picking mint or rosemary, squeezing lemons, decorating the drinks with berries and edible flowers, lavender or cucumber ribbons, If you’ve got guests coming over, it’s the perfect party tipple as you can keep your brew in the fridge for a couple of days and it’s ready to go when you need it. Or turn into a cocktail with a little gin, vodka, prosecco or whatever you fancy! It’s also a lovely way to step away from your laptop and enjoy a little quiet time in your garden or fill up a bottle and take it to the park!
Hope you enjoy the recipes:
*To turn these iced tea recipes into mocktails, top with sparkling water or add a splash of gin or vodka for a delicious cocktail. If using raw honey, add honey after teas have brewed!*
Strawberry & Rooibos Iced Tea
4 Rooibos teabags or 3 tablespoons of loose leaf rooibos tea
200g strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp maple syrup, to taste
1. In a large tea pot, add the tea bags, half the strawberries and fill half way with just boiled water. Stir well and allow to brew for a few minutes before adding more water and the maple syrup.
2. Once cooled, stir well then fill the glasses with ice, add the rest of the strawberry slices and pour over your iced tea.
Try these recipes too:
Lavender, Sumac & Pomegranate Cup
Zesty Turmeric and Orange Cooler
Mojito Cucumber Iced Tea
For lots more Summer drinks get your hands on my cookbook ‘Eat Happy’ or head to my website www.melissahemsley.com
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