When life gives you lemons…
Usually I’d say ‘prepare the tequila shots!’ or ‘use them to stuff your bra!’, but given that I’m well and truly up the duff (17 weeks now and counting!) and these options are currently either a) socially “frowned upon” or b) completely unnecessary, I’ve come up with a new plan. Old-fashioned lemon iced tea it is! Given a modern (read: hipster) twist with coconut water.
And since Australia Day is upon us and the weather is delightfully temperate it seemed like the recipe testing Gods had smiled on me again. Given that I’m off the booze and not a huge fan of fizzy drinks, I really wanted something with a big punch of flavour for when a glass of water just isn’t cutting it. Normally commercially-made lemonades and iced teas are about half (or more…) white sugar, and while this isn’t an every day thirst quencher, I think it’s definitely a better choice that soft drinks or fruit juice.
This recipe works really well if you have a bountiful lemon tree on your property, otherwise you can just steal some from a friend or relative that does (not that I would ever do that..). It’s gorgeous over ice with some lemon and lime slices to really give it a zing, or added to soda water for some fizz, or added to soda water AND served with citrus slices. Ooh and some passionfruit pulp, definitely try that. And if you’re not averse to alcohol, mix in a shot of bourbon to mimic old fashioned hard lemonade.
Old Fashioned Iced Tea
(makes approx 2L)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup honey
3-4 tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea)
2L coconut water
Ice cubes and citrus slices, to serve
1) Add lemon juice to a small saucepan.
2) Add coconut sugar and honey, and heat over a low flame until the sugars are completely dissolved.
3) Add 2 cups of coconut water and the tea bags, then bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
4) Allow tea bags to steep for 15 minutes, longer if you like it strong and less time if you prefer weaker tea.
5) Remove the tea bags and stir in the remaining 1.5L of coconut water.
6) Chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours, or overnight, before serving. Serve over ice.
**If you make the tea too strong you can dilute it with extra iced water/coconut water.
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