lemon-ginger ice tea

Spring is in the air.  Try sprucing up your day with a delicious cup of refreshing lemon-ginger iced tea!  It’s easy to make and it’s good for you – in addition to the antioxidants in the green tea,  it contains a dose of Vitamin C from the lemons and orange and anti-inflammatory goodness from the ginger. It’s great to serve for company or at your next family barbecue!

1 cup (4 ounces) blueberries, rinsed

Water for the ice cube trays, plus 8 cups water, divided

1/2 cup raw honey

1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger

6 green tea bags or 3 tsps. of matcha tea

2 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup)

1 orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Lemon slices

Mint sprigs, for garnish

Place about 4 berries in each compartment of an ice cube tray, 6 hours before serving iced tea.  Fill with water and freeze.

Place honey, 2 cups water and ginger in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add tea bags.  Let mixture steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour, then strain out solids.

In a pitcher combine strained liquid with 6 cups of water and lemon juice.  Chill in refrigerator.

To serve, place ice cubes in a tall glass and pour iced tea over cubes.  Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.

Makes 6 servings


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