Ginger Lemon Iced Tea


Ginger Lemon Iced Tea

One of my favorite summertime drinks is an Arnold Palmer, a drink with half lemonade and half iced tea. It’s usually made with freshly brewed black tea (works well with green tea too), lemonade and lots of ice. I decided to make my own version of this drink. This ginger lemon tea is twice as good as my Arnold Palmer! The spiciness of the ginger is offset by the tartness of the lemon, and then sweetened by either maple syrup or agave. Yum! You could double the recipe and make a big pitcher, as the base recipe stores well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Pulse 8 ounces of peeled and chopped fresh ginger in a food processor to a coarse paste. Bring ginger and 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan, reduce heat and simmer until it reduces to 3 cups, about 30-40 minutes. Strain into a large jar and mix in 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave syrup. Add more lemon juice or less sweetener if desired. Let cool and cover. Keep chilled. Makes 3 1/2 cups. This recipe makes a very strong tea. Feel free to cut back on the ginger or add more water and/or ice.

Variations:

Dark and Stormy – add 2 ounces of dark rum to 2 ounces of tea, add ice and top off with club soda and a lime wedge. Makes 1 serving.

Strawberry Ginger Lemonade – muddle 3 hulled strawberries in a glass and add 4 ounces of the tea and stir well. Add ice and garnish with a lemon slice. Makes 1 serving.

Source: Bon Appetite

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4 comments

  1. BJ

    Yes! This is delicious! But I have to admit you have spoiled us. How? Because I have come to expect that from your blog posts!

    This one is especially satisfying however. In case your readers don’t know it, ginger is incredibly good for us!
    Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It helps reduce nausea, associated flatulence, and cramping. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help aching muscles and joints. Heat up the ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion associated with colds, allergies and flus. And supposedly, Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties 🙂 Regardless, the stuff is healthy and this recipe is a delicious way to get more ginger into our lives. I recommend adding fresh turmeric to the ginger tea, usually about a 2 inch piece sliced thinly, steeped and strained, to add its amazing anti-inflammatory properties as well.

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