Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Its Tea Time

Everyone knows that there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cool glass of fresh iced tea. Luckily there is also nothing better on a dreary winter day than a cool glass of fresh iced tea!! There used to be this great little grocer and deli in downtown appleton called Live Oak where I loved to go for the best BLT's I have ever had and every once in a while they served a fresh made blueberry basil iced tea. It became my new obsession I would go and buy glass after glass :) Sadly they have closed so I have had to try and make my own version of this refreshing treat.....So here is what I have come up with, so lets fill our little carafes and Enjoy!

Loves, SMK

Blueberry Basil Iced Tea

One full stem basil
1/2 cup bluberries
1 tbsp cane sugar(or agave nectar)
any type of black or green tea
water and ice

Start out by brewing your tea bag in 1/2 cup of boiling water

while it steeps slice up 4 basil leaves and add in, mash up all but a few of the blueberries and add them as well. Let everything steep for 10 minutes.
 Take a small amount of cheese cloth and cover the top of a glass, strain through the tea mixture, toss aside tea bag and mashed basil and berries.

Fill the glass full of ice and mix vigourosly, until ice is half melted (this will help it fit through neck of carafe).
Now just pour the liquid into the carafe and fill with cold water and ice!
Garnish with a few berries, straw, and the remaining stem of basil!!

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