I know I’ve been away for a few days….was just tied up with a few things….been on the road for a fair bit of time…phew! Yes….summers and traveling around isn’t the best combination but I did manage it after all. Needless to say, I did need an entire week to recoup and get back the usual routine with the blog and everything else…😁😁
Summers and this scorching heat takes out all the energy from your body…it’s very draining! I hate stepping out in the sun 😩…I just prefer sitting at home and wait for the sun to set 😂 and sip on some cool drinks…homemade fresh fruity drinks are the best way to hydrate yourself and are way healthier than those fizzy, sugar laden sodas.
Yes! My favourite fruit this summer….came to my rescue once again..they are sweet and full flavour so why not use them to make some delicious summer mocktails….I mean, most of you who’ve been regular here are aware that the husband and I, we are teetotallers. So, such fruit based drinks are our best bet against the summers 😜 Speaking of which, have a look at my take on Aam ka Panna (raw mango cooler)
Lets make some Strawberry Iced Tea….🍓🍓☺
Yield: makes 2-3 servings
Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a small sauce pan, a potato masher.
1 +1/2 cup chopped strawberries
4 tbsp sugar (optional, avoid if the strawberries are sweet. Mine were a bit tart hence I used sugar)
3 cup water
2 nos. tea bags (I have used regular tea, no speacial flavour)
ice cubes as needed when serving
In a saucepan, boil 3 cups of water. Turn off the heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for about 10 mins. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea from the sauce pan into a jug. Refrigerate the tea for a minimum of 1 hour.
In the meanwhile, in the same sauce pan, add the chopped strawberries along with sugar and cook them together on low heat until the strawberries are cooked well and look mushy. Use a masher to mash them as they cook. Take them off the heat. Allow the strawberry compote to cool down completely, then using a hand blender or any other other blender, make a purée and set that too in the refrigerator until you have to serve the Iced Tea. (I don’t strain the strawberry compote, you can strain it if you prefer).
Add the cooled strawberry purée to the jug of chilled tea. Add some crushed ice cubes and give it a stir.
Fill your favourite glasses/ mason jars with ice cubes and pour the ready Strawberry Iced Tea over them. Place a small strawberry on the top and serve chilled! You can even add a couple of slices of lime as a garnish ☺️ Enjoy!
The strawberry purée and the cooled tea can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.