It is as hot as Hades, too hot to cook. Today I boiled the kettle and made some Cheat's Iced Tea. Andrea put the idea into my head. We always seem to meet in the supermarket and have the nicest of chats!!
With this recipe, instead of making a syrup, you partially freeze lemonade and use that. Take care, our lemonade mostly comes in plastic bottles, but if you leave any full bottle in the freezer for too long it can explode or leak.
Next time I am going to make lemonade iceblocks and tea iceblocks and then I can add them to some fridge chilled lemonade for iced tea that is even more of a cheat.
I added lemon and mint, but you could use lime, orange, ginger, apple, pineapple: whatever you fancy. I think I'd like peppermint tea too. I made half the recipe because my brain was too hot to work out if the jug would hold a full batch- it would have. A 2 litre jug or container is perfect, I think that's 1 1/2 pints??
Instead of leaf tea, I used tea bags. It saved me the trouble of another step: having to strain the tea leaves out. I'm avoiding every extra effort. I chose Darjeeling, but any strong black tea would do- Orange Pekoe or Breakfast eg.
Iced Tea makes 1.25 litres
- 750 ml lemonade
- 2 black tea bags
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 lemon, sliced
- half a bunch of mint, finely sliced
Put the bottle of lemonade into the freezer for a couple of hours. It will depend on how cold and fast your freezer is. You want the lemonade to be slushy.
Meanwhile, add the teabags to the boiling water and let them steep for 5 minutes. Add the sliced lemon and chopped mint and cool, then refrigerate.
When the lemonade is slushy, pour 750ml into the tea mixture and mix well. Serve at once.
The jug's spout stopped the lemon slices from pouring out so I just added a few to the drink afterwards. It is very refreshing and I may have added an extra squeeze or two of lemon juice.