16 January 2013
an iced tea Summer adventure
I'm new to tea drinking. I loathed the smell of my mummy's can't-get-out-of-bed-without-English-Breakfast morning cup of tea, so when i decided to start drinking tea last Summer, aged 36, i wanted it to be fresh, tastey, organic, caffeine free & without milk. So i went into T2 for ideas, bought a couple of their iced tea jugs & started experimenting. I like it weak, i like in a glass stuffed with fresh herbs & i like it icey cold. Very different to what i thought 'drinking tea' was all about.
Best of all, my children enjoy it too - coloured water to them - they play around making ice blocks with cold brewed tea, brilliant!! Now T2 teas are the expensive trendy option, so to reduce the cost of my drink adventure, i bought some Twinings tea bags (Raspberry, Strawberry & Loganberry to be precise) & popped a tea bag in a tap-water-filled 1L bottle, gave it a swirl & popped it straight into the fridge. After a few minutes i removed the tea bag (to my sheer delight, it slid on out) & left it to chill. It was delicious & how simple??!! 25c baby. Use two bags if you want a stronger flavour, then toss tea to the hens.
So our Summer afternoons look a bit like this - cold grapes, fresh mangoes, iced tea & homemade iced tea blocks. FYI ice tea doesn't stain white laminate kitchen counters like food colouring does!!
I take jugs of iced tea to the pool, i would never buy iced tea (more sugar than coca cola, are you kidding me??!!) & have a neat little picnic while escaping with a home lifestyle magazine, almost every day. We usually drink it with a straw too, so no teeth staining. I learnt that from The Hills - thanks gorgeous girls!! Love Posie
PS i used to sell these ice block makers in my on line store, they sold out quickly every time i restocked, i do have the rocket ship version, on special for a song!!