As a Brazilian, I have gone through several really hot summers, like, over 40 degrees Celsius! And during summer, in my family, we make lime Iced Tea to treat ourselves with some refreshing moments. As we are a family of four, we make this 1,5 litre recipe almost every night, and live it in the fridge so the next day is freaking freezing – just the way we love it!
All you need:
- 2 tbsp of Black Tea
- 1 litre of water
- 2 limes’ juice (you can use lemon if you like)
- Ice from 2 trays
- 5 tbsp of sugar (add more/less depending on your taste!)
- Utensils: Sieve, Jar, Blender, and Kettle.
Preparing time: 20 mins (+2 hours to really cool down)
Serves: 4 people
Let’s do it:
- Boil the water, and add the Black Tea (in Brazil we use Yerba Mate, but you can use any Black Tea… English Breakfast should work!). Put on the lid and let it sit for about 10 mins.
- Sift your tea into a jar: Since the tea is boiling, it is not a good idea to sift it into a plastic jar.
TIP #1: To help it cool down even quicker (we are thirsty here!) you can add a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of the jar you are using to sieve it into. And then repeat the process with another jar…
TIP #2: I sift it several times to make sure there is no tea powder left.
- Blend all the ingredients: Now you take the juice of 2 limes (or lemons) and add it into the blender. When the tea is warm-to-cold you add it to the blender together with the rest of the ice.
TIP #3: When you blend this tea it will form lots and lots of bubbles, so you should fill only half your blender so you don’t have tea all around your kitchen – been there, done that!
TIP #4: I add the tea in 5 parts into the blender, each time adding one tablespoon of sugar and three cubes of ice!
- Let’s drink: You can leave the Iced Tea in the fridge for a couple of hours or through the hole night – that will make it even colder and nicer!
TIP #5: You can blend it again right before you serve it, if you like it with foam! You can also add slices of lime and more ice cubes to make it look more refreshing like i did 😉