I know you've all got fall on the brain, but I'm not exaggerating when I say we are finally having some summer weather around here. Here in Edmonton we hit the 30 degree mark um, once this year and we're scheduled for some high 20's to 30 degree action ALL WEEK. Geez, summer, what took you so long!?
So in honour of some last minute action, I'm soaking it all up with one of my fave summer drinks: the iced tea lemonade (aka an Arnold Palmer for you fancy southerners). I don't know what it is but there is something about an iced tea for this preggo girl that is SO satisfying. Those Starbucks Black Tea Lemonades just call my name. I figured I could easily make this at home cheaper, decaffeinated, and minus the cup full of ice they inevitably chuck in there (seriously, sometimes it's like two sips and it's gone!).
After searching around online I came up with my own hodge podge recipe that was pretty darn tasty.
Here's what you'll need:
- Black Tea of your choice (I used decaf earl grey)
- Lemonade of your choice (I used the frozen kind you mix with water)
- 3 - 4 tablespoons of sugar
- drink shaker
- fancy straw optional
Boil hot water and brew a pitcher tea. Add 3 - 4 tablespoons of sugar (or more if you have a real sweet tooth) while the tea is STILL HOT so it'll dissolve (you can also use a simple syrup for sweetness). Leave the tea bag in the water until the tea is room temperature for some nice strong tea. Once room temperature, move to the fridge to chill.
Make lemonade. Or if you bought the pre-made kind, hooray, you're done! Chill.
Once your ingredients are nice and chilly it's time to mix it all up!
Add ice to drink mixer and 2 parts tea to 1 part lemonade. Now, shake, shake, shake! Pour it into a glass and enjoy (preferably somewhere sunny).
And if you're one of those "fall people" and are ready for some hot drinks already you can check out my london fog recipe - I'll be out enjoying the sunshine ;)