I believe in keeping myself hydrated ..especially in these relentless summers! I keep on drinking water and somehow I end up feeling even more thirsty. I am sure it happens to all of us out there.
So, we, meaning my hubby and myself choose healthy drinks over aerated ones. Not that we don’t like them..it’s just that we tend to avoid the sugar laden drinks. I believe in sipping on some coconut water, Jaljeera or a glass or chilled Kokom Sherbet is healthy as well as delicious! 😀 You’ll know what I mean when you have a look at my Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojitos or Tropical Iced Tea… These drinks are easy make and total party pleasers!❤️
Green Tea is a regular feature in my household…its loaded with health benefits..keeps you energetic while it flushes out all the toxins! What better could one ask for?! 👌I am no dietitian…so I don’t exactly know how much does it help in weight loss..but have heard people saying it aids weight loss. We usually have a cup or two in a day..not more as we have it as a refreshing drink.
So, yesterday was a hot day as usual.. And I wanted to make some chilled & refreshing drink for my hubby to have once he’s back from work 💕 hence thought of doing something easy and quick with Green Tea. I know he’d like it even before he’d taste it! It goes like this…
Yield: 4 servings
Equipment: a sauce pan, a strainer, a stirrer, measuring cups / spoons, a knife, a grater.
4 cups water
2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 tsp freshly crushed fennel seeds (saunf)
honey to taste to sweeten the tea (sugar can be used as well instead of honey as per your taste)
zest of 1 lemon
4 Green Tea bags (I used Tetley)
Juice of 2 lemons (add more if you wish to but the lemons I used were very sour hence didn’t need anymore)
In the saucepan, boil water, mint leaves, crushed fennel seeds & lemon zest (use the grater to zest the lemons) and sugar (if using) until the sugar dissolves. If you are not using sugar, then boil the water with all the other ingredients for 5-7 mins and remove from heat. Dip the tea bags into the water for 10-12 mins. Remove the tea bags. Let the warm concoction sit until it comes to room temperature. Strain the concoction into a jug or a large bowl to eliminate the residue from the mint leaves, fennel seeds & the lemon zest, add the honey to taste and the lemon juice. Stir well. Chill the tea for 2-3 hours. It’s done! Simply pour over ice cubes in your favourite glasses and serve!!
Shelf life: the tea keeps well for a day in refrigerator…not that it will last that long 😛