What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance. Jane Austen
I checked temps for my sissies-It is 90 in Florida with 55% humidity, Norman OK is right behind at 89 with a whopping 67% humidity. Minnesota’s rep for freezing weather redeems itself right about know-67 and 45% humidity. I’m not so much dreaming of an icy drink to cool off, but I’m sure the majority of the country is. Here’s a great recipe for the gatherings that will be taking place this weekend. Keep calm and drink iced tea!
Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea with Berry Cubes
6 hr 21 min
1 cup (4 ounces) raspberries, rinsed
Water for ice cube trays, plus 8 cups water, divided
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup (2 ounces) coarsely chopped fresh ginger
6 white tea bags
3 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
Mint sprigs, for garnish
Place about 4 raspberries in each compartment of an ice cube tray, 6 hours before serving iced tea. Fill with water and freeze.
Place honey, 2 cups water and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let mixture steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour, then strain out solids.
In a pitcher combine strained liquid with 6 cups water and lemon juice. Chill in refrigerator.
To serve, place 3 ice cubes in a tall glass and pour iced tea over cubes. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
(1 serving equals 1 1/2 cups iced tea plus ice cubes)