On a hot day I find myself wanting a cold drink. Usually after a workout sesh or sometimes even with meals. Now back in the day and even now when I can't think of anything else I pour myself a glass of coke. Every now and then I review how I've been, in terms of what I'm eating and if I'm falling back into old patterns and to make sure I eat better and live healthier I decided to make some Iced Teas at home.
You can prepare these before hand and stock them up in your fridge and when you feel that urge to have something thanda-thanda cool-cool.... just pop in a tea bag, add the syrup and enjoy your Iced Tea!
Rosemary Honey Iced Tea
Add in about a cup of Honey & Water and half a cup of Rosemary in a saucepan. Boil it for about 15 minutes. Once done, strain it and store this Honey Rosemary syrup in your fridge. Now whenever you feel the urge to make yourself a cold drink.... make regular black tea, add in about 2 Tbsps of the Honey Rosemary syrup, a squeeze of lime and heaps of ice! And If you can, garnish with fresh Rosemary twigs.
Iced Lemongrass Green Tea
To make this refreshing glass of cold tea, brew some green tea leaves with a bit of fresh lemongrass. The lemongrass gives it a nice citrus flavour, which is unusual and super delish. You could enjoy this straight up with some ice or make a big batch and store it in the fridge for the day.
Spiced Iced Tea
Brew tea leaves with cloves, cinnamon, ani seed and some Cocktail Masala. On the side in another saucepan combine sugar, lime juice and orange juice till the sugar dissolves. Once done, mix the two and enjoy with lots of ice.
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea
Ginger has this zing which I absolutely love. But I didn't know I'd enjoy it as much in a drink... until I tried this one. So begin by making a Lemon Ginger syrup which is essentially just boiling lime juice with ginger for about 15 minutes. You can store this in your fridge too, till you're ready to make yourself a chill drink. Add in this Lemon Ginger syrup in to cold brewed tea and you're good to go.
RoseWater Iced Tea
This one is special and I got to say very soothing on a hot day. So brew some dried rose petals and tea leaves in water and ice it up. You could add in honey or a sweetener of your choice. To make this healthier than it already is, you could add in some Chia Seeds as well.