A couple years ago I found a recipe for Iced Tea with Lemonade. Might have been in a Southern Living magazine but I don’t remember for sure. I forget the original recipe too but I’ve adapted it to what is easy and delicious to me. My kids don’t like it but my husband does so I make it this way part of the time.
Today I added something else too. Just for fun. And it was so over-the-top delicious I almost swooned. It was that good. So I had to do a little photo shoot with my concoction and share. Cause some of you might like it too.
Here is the recipe for Sweet Tea with Lemonade and Basil:D I’ve been making it like this but without the basil. I added the basil today. Love it. Hubby doesn’t. His loss. I’ll just won’t add the basil to his glass.
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 handful fresh mint, washed
- 4 tea bags (I use Liptons)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 can lemonade concentrate
- fresh basil
- In a microwave bowl put 2 cups cold water. Add washed mint and tea bags, submerging them under the water. Microwave on high for 6 minutes. Let stand an hour to steep (I don't always let it stand but it will taste better if it has time to steep a bit) Remove tea bags and mint, squeezing as dry as possible. Add 1 cup sugar (can add more if you like it sweeter) Pour tea syrup into one gallon pitcher. Add lemonade concentrate and fill pitcher to the one gallon mark with cold water. Serve over ice. Add fresh basil to individual glasses or to pitcher just before serving. YUM!
Do you like tea? Do you know anyone who doesn’t? As a child I detested the stuff. As in, couldn’t drink it if my life depended on it. I tried. But I just couldn’t do it. And of course, no one could believe I didn’t like it and acted like it was the most horrifying thing ever. I tried not to have to tell them that I didn’t like chocolate either. Oh the horror if someone served iced tea AND a gooey chocolate dessert – I turned them both down!
Now before you start leaving me comments about being so shocked that I don’t like chocolate let me assure you that I do like chocolate now. I’ve always liked candy bars that had chocolate as long as they also had caramel or peanut butter. But that was about it as a kid. No cake, no ice cream, no desserts that were all chocolate. No Oreos either.
I really didn’t have much of a sweet tooth at all – till I had my first child. Then my sweet tooth came in and didn’t leave. I still don’t like chocolate ice cream or most chocolate cakes, but I love Oreo cookies and most chocolate desserts. But I’d still take strawberry, peanut butter, caramel, etc. over chocolate.
So back to the tea. My Mom didn’t like tea either when I was a kid. But somewhere along the line in the past several years she learned to like it. So did my brother I think. My sister makes tea by the truckload during the summer! They are in the middle of wheat harvest right now so the tea will disappear about as fast as she can get it made.
I can’t really say when I decided I liked tea. And I still don’t like just any tea. I can drink it as long as it’s sweet but what I really like is what I make. I love it with the lemonade, and the basil is just the best addition. I even added basil to my ice water today and I’m telling you it was the best way to give a simple glass of ice water a shove up the sophistication ladder! IF you like basil of course. 😀
My tea almost always has fresh mint in it. The tea syrup in the recipe above is what I always make. I don’t always add the lemonade but I do everything else the same for the syrup. Same amount of sugar, fill the pitcher with water. Our mint is chocolate mint and it has a milder, more minty taste than spearmint. We like it way better. We are all excited each spring when the mint pops up!
The basil I used is boxwood basil. Isn’t it cute?! I bought some last year just because it was so cute. And I couldn’t resist getting it again this year. I really like this for adding to drinks. It’s great for pizza too cause you don’t have to chop it up. I think I may go with all boxwood basil instead of the regular after this.
I also found out this Spring that I like McDonald’s Sweet Tea. Yum. Never dreamed I’d actually order tea at a restaurant but I have! There is a Mexican restaurant in a town close to us that has good sweet tea too. So that’s my story of my journey to liking tea. And chocolate. I will eat a brownie, especially if they are warm from the oven and I have some homemade ice cream to go with it. 🙂
Sew a Fine Seam
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