The summer heat is becoming oppressive. Yeah, that's an understatement. Anything over 100 and I feel like I can't breathe, but 110 and upwards sends me into a coma. I find my afternoon tea ritual difficult. Hot tea in the middle of a scorching afternoon just doesn't appeal, you know? And a soda only satisfies so much.
So, I've been seeking out good summer cooler recipes. Iced coffee and iced tea are now the afternoon norm. My current favorite is one I found on about.com:
Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea
* 4 cups water, boiling
* 3 tbs loose jasmine tea
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1 1/4 cups sparkling water
Dissolve sugar in 3/4 cup of water, and boil gently until a syrup has formed. Set aside and let cool. Steep the jasmine tea in the remaining 3 cups of hot water for around 6 minutes. Strain out tea, and let cool slightly. In a pitcher, combine syrup and tea. Stir or whisk until fully blended. Add sparkling water and cool thoroughly. Serve over ice. Can be served with cinnamon sticks, lemon slices or mint sprigs. Makes 1 quart
Tea Posur recommends Yunan Gold for a good iced tea. I might have to try that, because Cindy has been posting about the cocoa flavor of the Yunnan Gold on Cuppa Tea. And you know how I love the taste of chocolate.
Now, I don't usually go for fruity teas, but when you're drinking it cool, fruit flavor is really nice. Try peach tea over ice. Garnished with fresh peaches and it's the perfect afternoon treat.
The same applies to flavored coffees - better over ice. Nice to know deCadmus agrees with me on this.
More summer drinks:
* Spiced Iced Coffee
* Green Mountain Iced Coffee Recipes
* French Mint Tea - This should be called citrus mint tea
* Blackberry Summer Dream - more of a coffee smoothie, from Audrey at CoffeeSage
Now all I need is an assortment of tall glasses.