Around this time of year there's nothing quite so lovely as sitting in your garden, the sun on your back and a glass of something chilled in your hand. Georgia of Love on the Wall blog is enjoying the little things, embracing slow living and loving her Country Living magazine subscription with a glass of homemade flavoured iced tea. Cheers!
I think it’s important to admire the beauty of the nature around us sometimes. My parents had hopped off on a plane to America for a holiday, so I was in charge of watering the plants for a few days. They take great care of their garden and it is beautiful all year round. Although I'm not one for clearing out the chicken coops, I loved admiring the nature a little more being in charge of watering the garden. Noticing little juicy green tomatoes forming on the plants and bright red strawberries from the hanging basket I got my dad for Father’s Day.
I recently started reading Country Living and I honestly think it’s really made me appreciate things more. The little things! Like having fresh flowers in the kitchen, opening the windows to let the fresh summer air in and recipes using crisp vegetables on balmy summer nights. The stunning photography in the magazine has made me think more about the beauty I could capture in my own garden or out and about too. As I sat in my garden, taking it all in, I decided to make the flavoured homemade Iced Tea featured in the August issue of Country Living. I thought I’d share the recipe with you so you can make your own, too.
Flavoured Iced Tea (2 Litres)
You will need:
6 back tea bags
125g granulated sugar
200g Strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 large sprigs of mint
1. To make a classic iced tea, place the tea bags in a large bowl and cover with 2 litres of boiling water from he kettle. Leave to steep for 5 minutes but no longer as it
will become bitter. (Can't stress this step enough... I left mine a little too long!)
2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel away the skin of the orange and lemon, leaving behind the bitter pith. Add to the tea and leave to cool. Chill overnight.
3.Add the strawberries and mint when the tea is a room temperature. Chill overnight.
4. Make a sugar syrup by putting the sugar in a pan with 300ml water. Heatgently until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to the boil and simmer rapidly for 2
minutes. Leave to cool and pour into a sealable bottle and use it to sweeten the tea.
5. Pour the ice tea into table bottles (or jars if you want to keep the fruit).
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This is a guest post via the magazine.co.uk blogger network.