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My favorite summer drink - homemade icetea
When the peak summer heat saps energies and the still dry air makes the outdoors oppressive and unbearable, one would wish for nothing more than a chill refreshing and energizing drink that would clear and calm the mind and soothe the tiredness away from aching limbs.
We all have our own individual choice that works well for us. For me, as soon as summer sets in, I get ready to prepare my homemade iced tea as the prefect fit for the occasion and it always works well.
- 3 teaspoon Tea Leaves, (I use black leaf tea)
- 8 teaspoon Sugar, (or any other sweetener)
- 1 sprig Fresh mint leaves
- 1 Lime
- small pail Ice
- Take about 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Switch off the stove and add the tea leaves to the boiled water and allow steeping for about 2 minutes. Strain and keep aside to cool. The tea decoction is ready and can be stored in a refrigerator for weeks.
- Take four tall glasses and pour about 8 tsp of the tea decoction in each glass. Add 2 tsp of sugar and half-cup water in each glass and stir well so that the sugar dissolves.
- Take a sprig of mint leaves and crush the leaves gently and add two or three leaves in each glass.
- Extract limejuice from fresh limes and add half tsp juice in each glass.
- Stir once again and top up the glasses with ice cubes.
- Decorate with a lime wedge on the rim and a few mint leaves on the ice.
- After this, the tea decoction can be kept away in the refrigerator to be taken out and used whenever required so that you only need to go through steps 2 to 6.
At the risk of sounding immodest, I must say from my experience of the last five years that there are very few summer drinks that are as refreshing as my homemade iced tea and those who have tasted it on a summer afternoon always vouch and never refuse when offered again. What’s more, it’s made of completely natural ingredients that are readily available in the kitchen. And it’s so simple and looks nice with a subtle blend of tastes of mellow tea and refreshing lime and mint, that it's worth giving a try.
So why don’t you?