Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Essential Eats: Lemonade and Iced Tea

      Hello, my pretties. I hope your summer is going brilliantly so far. I've been doing pretty good. Aside from work ,the only thing that's seriously keeping me busy is physical training for a project I can't talk about yet and the new addition to my family. A 3-month-old Maltese/Terrier puppy named Bella. She is the cutest damn thing and I love her to bits (aside from the wet dog smell). I will be doing a post about her soon. 
       So on to the agenda for today's post. It's summer time which means horrid weather, especially for someone like me who's grown up in cold weather. 

Rosy Orange Lemonade
       Last Saturday, June 11th was National Rosè Day and while I'm too young to truly celebrate it, I decided to create my own non-alcoholic Rosè drink. It's a Rosy Orange flavored lemonade. It is the perfect summer cocktail for those younger than 21. If you are old enough to drink, you could definitely add some alcoholic liquid to it. So let's make it!

5 1/3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
1 cup pulp-free orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
2 1/2 teaspoons rose water
1 drop red food coloring (optional)

        Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring just until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
        Add to pitcher and stir in the lemon juice pulp-free orange juice. Add a splash of rose water to taste. Chill well before serving. To intensify the color add a drop of red food coloring. Garnish with sliced oranges, strawberries, or mint leaves.

Eternal Sunshine Iced Tea
        There is a tea house near my college that I frequent at least twice a week. It's not a fancy tea house, it's more like a smaller version of Starbucks but only for tea. Due to the fact that school is out of session and an hour away from home, I can't get my favorite iced tea anymore. So before I left I bought a 2oz pouch of the two teas mentioned in this drink. You can also find variations of it online. 

(Note: If you can't find this specific type of green tea you can use the general tea plus two green tea bags as well).

2 tea bags tangerine green tea
2 tea bags  blue mango green tea
1-2 pumps vanilla syrup
1-2 pumps peach syrup
1-2 pumps mango syrup
1 tablespoon key lime juice 
1 tablespoon sugar

        Add the four tea bags to a pitcher of boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in sugar and juice of a key lime. Let chill in fridge. 
        You can either use store bought vanilla, peach and mango syrup or you can check out my friend Stephanie at Hello Glow to learn how to make your own. 
        Once the tea has chilled add about one-two pumps (one tablespoon) of each syrup. If it’s not sweet enough, you can either add more syrup or more sugar. It should be a chilled refreshing iced tea that is not too overpowering on the flavors. Garnish with sliced key limes. 

      So that is how you make my two favorite drinks for the summer. I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you did please give it a +1 on Goggle+ and please comment below which one you'll try to make. Don't forget to tag me in pics on social media if you make any of these. My social media sites will be linked below! See you later.

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  1. These sound so nice! I'm definitely going to be trying some of these over the summer!
    Elise xxx

  2. I want to make the rosy orange lemonade and the iced tea looks amazing. So fun!