I went on an iced tea mission for Mother’s Day. I was buying black tea at The Tea Emporium last week and I had my son with me. I mentioned that he liked tea– well a decaf, watered down, Red Rose version of black tea– with a bit of honey. Feeling obvious pity for his bungled tea initiation the saleswoman gently suggested I could make him iced fruit teas.
I’m not really a fruit tea person. Or at least not as a hot tea. But iced! I am a convert. We smelled a few fruit-forward combinations (aromas almost as glorious as Fruit Stripe Gum) and took home a blend called African Queen: Hibiscus, rosehip, dried apple and strawberry.
I remembered I had some of my Ginger Simple Syrup left from my Ginger-Melon salad. So I used that a sweetener. And I was off and running.
I went a little iced tea crazy. Yesterday I made a batch of Sunburst Raspberry (apple raspberry blend) and for Mother’s Day I have made myself a pitcher of Pina Colada iced tea with the Ginger syrup. (Pineapple, coconut, apple, hibiscus and rosehip).
Tomorrow I try the Green Kombucha Lime (a Japanese green citrus blend). It apparently acts as a purifier for your blood and organs. A perfect pairing with vodka soup.