There is hardly anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold iced tea. I have a collection of glass pitchers just for this very purpose.
I typically drink 3-4 cups of green tea per day, straight. But when it comes to summer entertaining, be it a bbq or picnic, I like to mix it up, literally, with ginger, hot pepper and/or a little somethin' sweet.
Ginger has been used in cooking for almost 3,000 years by Babylonians, Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, and Japanese. Crystalized ginger is a fresh ginger that has been cooked in a sugar syrup. It is available in the dried fruit section of the supermarket, in Asian markets, and in health food stores. Ginger is a great remedy for upset stomachs!
We like it hot, hot, hot. As my 6 year old says "my mouth is BURNING and I LOVE it!" We add heat to everything! And our iced tea is no exception. The fact that hot "stuff" increases your metabolism is one of the fringe benefits of our taste buds. We need something to counteract our sweet tooth!
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Simple syrup is the base for this refreshing drink. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants.
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My inspiration for this drink came from bubble tea which has been all the rage. So here is bubble tea without the bubbles. If you can't find jasmine tea, use Ceylon or Darjeeling.
Recipes Courtesy of Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes by Jamie Geller (Feldheim 2010)
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