Spring is here. It is that time of year when flowers are blooming and grass is turning green. It is also the time of year when everyone is outside mowing their yards, trimming trees and shrubs, and gardening. In the south, we have another tradition – that is sipping on a cold, refreshing glass of iced tea. Nothing beats it on a warm spring or summer day. We know it’s not just us southerners who like to enjoy it, but we like to think we invented it. In our minds, in the south, we drink iced tea, but “those folks up north are just strange and prefer hot tea.”
No matter where you live, if iced tea is a drink you enjoy, you are sure to enjoy this recipe. I actually got the idea from my husband. I had gone to Wendy’s and ordered their strawberry tea. I later told my husband about it and how much I enjoyed it; of course, he had to try it for himself. Later, he called me and told me about how he had been ordering it and taking it home and dumping it into his pitcher of tea he already had in his refrigerator (he works away from home). A few days later, he called me and told me he puréed some strawberries in his Magic Bullet and poured them into his iced tea. He said it was delicious. So, of course, I had to try it at home, as well. The result was very good.
Okay, so I finally beat my soda addiction to now become addicted to strawberry iced tea (progress, not perfection). What other fruits can I think of to purée and add to my iced tea? I hope you enjoy it as you sit on the veranda watching all your sweaty yard men (or women) take care of your lawn and gardens (a woman can dream, right?).
Don’t forget, strawberries also have antioxidants, so tell yourself you are doing something good for your body. Enjoy!
- 1 gallon of water
- 6 small tea bags
- 8-10 strawberries (depending on desired taste)
- Stevia liquid sweetener
- Brew tea bags in 2 quarts of water.
- Add brewed tea to gallon pitcher
- In food processor or blender, puree 8-10 strawberries.
- Add puree to tea.
- Sweeten individual glasses with zero-calorie liquid stevia.