Monday, August 15, 2011

Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea

Happy Independence Day to all my Indian readers :)

It's another month for the Secret Recipe Club, which now has it's own site, and a TON of new members, so many so, that posting has been divided into 3 different days. I feel like I've only been posting for the SRC, but it's been a crazy time for me, with joining and quitting a job, my brother getting married, and my preparing for something big in life [not food related], that I'm hoping will happen. Things are almost back to normal now, so I hope to be posting more regularly.

Anyway, this month I was assigned the blog Heavenly Treats and Treasures, which also had a ton of great options for me. I've been very lucky with the assignments, I must say. I loved her Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, I really wanted to make those, but it didn't work out. With the sudden heat wave here, I was in no mood to turn on the oven, and I wanted something cool. Her Sweet Blackberry Tea seemed perfect. I love Iced Teas, had some frozen strawberries I needed to use up, and it'd be perfect for the weather.

And.. this is the first time I've ever made anything this easy. I was surprised when I was done and sipping the drink within 10 minutes of looking at the recipe. I really need to make more drinks, I always thought they'd be more involved. All you have to do is make a simple syrup [1:1 ratio of sugar and water], infuse with whatever flavor you want, and add to prepared tea! I know this might be fundamental to all of you, but I'm quite fascinated by the ease of it all.

Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea
Adapted from Heavenly Treats and Treasures

2 quarts prepared tea, green or black [I used green]
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
10 oz frozen fruit of your choice.

Instructions -
  1. Allow the prepared tea to cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine together the sugar, water, and frozen fruit. I roughly chopped the fruit before adding, because I don't like pieces in my drink. Most will get mashed anyway with the heat and stirring.
  3. Cook on high until sugar dissolves, and the mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Don't thicken it to a paste, it won't mix into the tea well. Allow to cool slightly
  4. In a nice, tall glass, pour out the prepared tea about halfway to the top. Add about 1/4 cup of the strawberry syrup [adjust according to taste], stir,and add some crushed ice on top. Garnish with a fresh strawberry, some mint leaves, and serve.


    41 comments:

    1. Looks very refreshing! I bet it was delish :) I don't see the blog hop, can you please add the code?

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    2. That looks really good. I'm not ready for summer to go yet!

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    3. How delicious for the warm weather -- love iced tea!

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    4. Strawberries and iced tea...that's brilliant!
      Hot weather does make it difficult for those of us who love our ovens. :)

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    5. Hi! Thanks for the sweet comments about my blog. I'm so glad you liked the iced tea. So simple it's almost embarassing isn't it? Now, I've just got to go make a batch using your green tea strawberry recipe!

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    6. Sounds and looks so refreshing.

      If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

      Lisa~~
      Cook Lisa Cook

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    7. Maybe when your life becomes less hectic, we'll see you back at Taste and Create as well. I think that's where we first linked up.

      Thanks for the cooment on the sloppy joe stuffed peppers.

      Hope to see more posts soon...:)

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    8. I need to make this. Were sweating over here. Raspberry will be my first flavor choice. Sounds so refreshing that I cant wait! Great pick!

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    9. I love iced teas and I have tried strawberry before, its great!

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    10. I love that you decided to make something different this month and went for a drink. :)

      We drink tons of iced tea during the summer at our house and I loved the idea of adding fresh fruit to it.

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    11. Lovely iced tea...so pretty and I bet the strawberries make it so delicious.

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    12. I have to start making drinks more often too, and I agree it's often easier than you would think. It looks really refreshing and cooling!

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    13. Things are starting to cool down around here, but this tea still sounds refreshing and perfect! Great choice for the SRC =)

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    14. Looks so refreshing! It's always nice to have different types of iced tea in the summer so you don't get bored with the same thing. Good choice!

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    15. Looks so refreshing, yum! I'm a huge iced tea fan.

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    16. Beautiful inviting ckick and very delicious and refreshing.

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    17. I love iced tea and this version looks delic!

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    18. That strawberry iced tea looks so wonderfully thirst quenching and gorgeous. The color is stunning. I'm suddenly thirsty, even though I'm quenched. Just realized, I don't have one drink on my blog! It's time lol

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    19. this looks amaizingly refreshing! thank you for sharing this:)

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    20. That sounds easy and refreshing

      Thanks for sharing

      Jennifer
      www.jennifersikora.com

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    21. Oh I could use a tall glass of this iced tea right now! It's so hot here in Vancouver!

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    22. This looks so refreshing! I like the idea of strawberryiced tea on a hot summers day!

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    23. Thank you everyone.

      Lisa - You're right, I didn't have on either before this. It's so easy, now I'm gonna try and post more of them.

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    24. I drink hot tea, but not iced tea. BUT seeing this with the addition of strawberries, I'm sold! Gorgeous and delicious~great choice for this month's SRC :)

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    25. I've seen a lot of rasberry ice teas but I don't think I've ever seen a strawberry version! Sounds delicious!

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    26. That's so pretty and I bet it's super refreshing!

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