Last weekend was one of those OMG hot weekends. We hit 100 degrees for several days in a row…. maybe more like a week of hot hot hot days. In any case, I was slated to go to the Pittsburgh Public Market. My experience told me that on hot days there wasn’t much of a crowd. And the people who do make it want COLD things. I was thinking about what kind of iced tea to make when it occurred to me that maybe tea icees were the answer.
A Cool Tea Treat
To be fair, I had been experimenting with popsicles, but decided they would melt too quickly without a freezer. In comes the icee idea. My Mother In Law’s friend is from Italy. She taught my MIL years ago how to make lemon ice. I took this idea and inserted a few of my own and Voila, Tea Icees were born. I promised the recipe, so here goes:
Strawberry Green Tea infused with Mint
- 3C Sugar
- 3 C Water
- 10 or so sprigs of fresh mint
- 1 Gallon of Strawberry Green Sun Tea
- 2 Containers of Strawberries, washed and hulled
Make a simple syrup by placing the sugar and the water into a sauce pan. Add the mint sprigs. Bruise the mint with a spatula or spoon while stirring. When all of the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and leave it cool with the mint inside.
Get a large container and place the sun tea into it. Strain the simple syrup and add it to the Sun Tea. Then add the strawberries. Using an immersion blender, blend all of the strawberries until they are mostly pulverized.
You can either place the entire “large container” into the freezer or we recommend using several smaller containers with lids. Place in the freezer and every 2 hours or so, use a fork to stir and scrape ice off the sides. This will give it the “icee” consistency.
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The Tea Lady