I might be jumping the weather a bit today. I’m waiting on the sun. Warmth. If I think warm thoughts, the sun will come right?
When its hot outside – I so can’t wait for heat – and the pool is open, and it is full of kids, there is not a weekend that goes by without a pitcher of Summer Tea sitting on the picnic table at lunch time. There are things we just do, without really thinking about it. This is one of those things I just do. And I rarely think about it until someone says, “Wow that’s a great way to keep the kids hydrated and away from the juice boxes.”
Do you know how many juice boxes a group of kids can go through in an afternoon by the pool? It’s just not right. If not for the sugar, and the cost, it’s the garbage – actual litter. If I had a dollar for every empty juice box I fished out of the flower pots – well, I’d have a lot of dollars.
Just say no to juice boxes.
This is simply iced tea sweeten with fruit and fruit juice. It’s like a kid friendly cocktail. A fancy punch. And it cuts down on the copious amounts of juice kids can easily consume sitting around the pool on a hot day. And it’s cheaper. And there are no boxes.
In addition to adding a bunch of ice to the pitcher, I use a frozen fruit blend – this one has peaches, strawberries and mango. The frozen fruit looks pretty but also helps keeps the ice tea cold without watering it down. As for fruit juice, I find white cranberry juice is best. It does not overpower and alter the flavour of the tea. So the tea still tastes like tea. Add some lemon slices to the mix and voilà!, you have a fun, fruity punch the kids will drink up.
I try to keep the tea to juice ratio 2:1. Of course you can alter the amount of juice you add according to your taste buds. I find 2 cups brewed tea to 1 cup fruit juice makes a refreshing and not too sweet mix.
Alokozay Tea Canada was nice enough to let me try some of their Lemon Tea for this post. Their Lemon Tea is a bright and fragrant tea that is perfect paired with fruit. Alokozay teas are available in Ontario at Metro, Food Basics and Adonis, and at Bulk Barns across Canada. Their tea is also available on-line at www.shopalokozay.com. The nice thing about shopping online is that you have access to their entire line of teas, not just a few flavours the store you’re at happens to stock. In addition to the Lemon Tea, we found and tried Strawberry, Vanilla and a Moroccan Green tea. I’ve stashed the Vanilla away. It’s mine.
P.S. here is printable coupon for $1.oo off your next purchase.
Here’s how you make Summer Fruit Tea.
Summer Fruit Tea #TEADays
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
- 6 cups cool water
- 3-4 Alokozay Lemon Tea bags
- 1-2 cups frozen fruit blend (peaches, strawberries and mango)
- 3 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
- half of a lemon, sliced thinly
- In a large picture, add cool water and tea bags. Allow to seep 15-20 minutes or until desired strength.
- Remove tea bags, add fruit, juice and lemon slices. Stir, add ice and serve.
Trish Cowper | infinebalance.com