Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lemon Ginger Iced Tea with Flower Ice Cubes

So we had a couple of 80 degree days during the previous week and wouldn't you know it...I heard people complaining about it being too hot!  Are they crazy???  After the winter we have just survived?
Chicagoans are never happy...too cold...too hot...too humid!
Not me, I LOVED it!  In fact, I gave those complainers of the heat my evil cold hating eye...well, not really, but I was doing it on the inside.  :)
So if you are feeling hot, shame on, just kidding.  Summer is on the way and for those "hottish" days, check this out...
Lemon Ginger Iced Tea with Flower Ice Cubes

Ingredients for iced tea:
4 Jammin' Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea bags from Celestial Seasonings
3 cups of boiling water
4 cups cold water
1/3 cup granulated sugar or honey

Ingredients for the Lemon Ginger syrup:
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup granualted sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup cold water
package of edible flowers that have been rinsed and depetaled

Boil water and add to a heat proof pitcher.  Add the tea bags and brew for about 7-8 minutes.  Remove tea bags and add the cold water and the sugar or the honey.   Stir until combined.  Refrigerate.

Meanwhile, make your syrup.  Boil 1/2 cup of hot water in a pot.  Add honey and sugar.  Stir until dissolved.  Add the lemon juice and the cold water.  In an ice cube tray, place 1-2 flower petals in each cube.  Pour the syrup over and place ice cube tray into the freezer overnight.  Pour leftover syrup into the tea you placed in the refrigerator.  Stir.

To serve, pop out some of the ice cubes into a glass and pour tea over.  Serve immediately.

Doesn't that look refreshing?
And, the ice cube flowers look so pretty!!!
I love using herbal tea bags and honey to create refreshing spins on ice tea.  It almost tastes like a lemonade with a splash of ginger.

So if you are complaining about the heat...bite your tongue!!!  Better yet, sip on some lemon ginger ice tea and you'll cool down mighty quick!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!

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