Okay, so I have a confession to make. I am an iced tea addict, have been for about 4 years now. My out of control obsession started in my freshman year at university, when milk tea was still the latest craze. I went through a NaiCha phase, then a Matcha Red Bean smoothie phase, a Strawberry Black Tea phase and let’s not forget my current one… the Lychee Green Tea phase. I can’t go a day without this stuff, but there aren’t any good tea shops in my area so I developed my own little recipe for when I need my fix.
I’ve come up with so many versions of this recipe over the past few months in an attempt to recreate the teamonade I had months and months ago at The Grounds of Alexandria. Although, at this point I’m pretty sure I won’t ever make a cuppa of this stuff that’s half as good as the one I had at The Grounds.
3 tablespoons of white granulated sugar
4oz. of black tea
2oz. lime juice (if you’re not a fan of sour drinks, I suggest using 1oz instead)
Water, as needed
First thing you’re going to want to do is prep a cup of black tea. I used an Earl Grey teabag from CBTL and let it steep in some just boiled water for 3-4 minutes.
Next, before squeezing your limes into your mason jar, peel off a bit of the rind and slice nice thin rounds (2 is ideal!) and add those in as well. Alternately, you can use lemons or even your favorite lemon juice brand but you would have to adjust the amount of sugar you add in if you do. (I sometimes use Fontana Lemonade, which comes in a 1L tetrapack and has a really strong taste. When I do I only add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar because the juice has some sugar in it already.)
While your tea is still warm, add the sugar and mix well. Let the sugar crystals dissolve completely before combining it with the lime juice.
Top this mixture up with some plain water, or soda water if you’d like (Tipsy Tip: you can top it off with a combo of white wine and just a touch of soda water, it is the bomb!), add your ice cubes, drop in your mint leaves (if you want AND if you can find them, I couldn’t when I did my food shop last Sunday ~ welcome to the Philippines where your food/flavouring options are limited), and give this drink a good ‘ol shake. Then all that’s left to do is pop in a straw and give this refreshing drink a taste.
If you fancy giving this recipe a go please let me know how you get on! Oh, and if you have any tips and tricks that you’d like to share leave them in the comments below I’d love to hear from you guys! xx