I'm on a couple of kicks lately. Well - come to think of it - several kicks. I'm just going to talk about two of 'em today.
Lately I'm a little obsessed with both iced green tea and fluffy beach reads. It is summer, after all. I've made raspberry lemon iced green tea (good), strawberry mint (also good), and blueberry (pretty color, but needs work). And the books, you ask? Well, I finally read The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The Help was exquisite. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was so totally engrossing. Loved it. And after that, I read the fluffiest of the fluffy, a book called Sweet Life by Mia King. Apparently, Ms. King's books have recipes in the back. I had no idea until I flipped the last page and, voila! Recipes! And, double voila! A recipe for a Lemongrass, Ginger, and Mint Iced Green Tea! I love when kicks come together.
Okay you guys - this is completely unrelated, but I am sort of distracted here, and I just have to share. The thing is, I have been working my tail off on redesigning and replatforming this thing, this whole stinkin' thing, this blog. The bad news is, I swear I have lost days. Wasn't yesterday July 13? What happened?? But, in better news, I think it's going to be pretty cool. Really cool, actually. Stay tuned for the launch. It's going to be soon!
So anyway, how about some iced green tea? This stuff is terrific. The best. Absolutely perfect for summer. Ginger, lemongrass, green tea - so happy together. I'm also pretty sure it's kicky enough to power me through hours of web design, so that I can stop being distracted and get back to reading fluff already. Dare to dream.
Ginger and Lemongrass Iced Green Tea
Adapted from the Lemongrass, Mint, and Ginger Iced Tea recipe from Sweet Life by Mia King
Serves about 6
- 8 cups water
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 1 piece of ginger, about the size of two thumbs (or one freakishly large thumb)
- 1/3 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup agave nectar, or sugar substitute to taste - just add to taste after it's chilled)
- 10 individual bags green tea or 3 heaping tablespoons loose green tea
- Mint for garnish
- Cut lemongrass into two-inch pieces, and crush with the flat side of a knife, or just cut each piece lengthwise a few more times like I did.
- Peel ginger and cut into thin slices.
- In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, lemongrass, ginger, and sugar to a boil.
- Remove saucepan from the heat, and add the green tea (if you're adding the loose tea, put it in something so you can get it out right after it's steeped, while leaving the ginger and lemongrass in). Steep for about a minute, or until it's the right color/flavor for your tastes.
- Remove the tea bags/leaves, then let sit for about 30 minutes.
- Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
- Refrigerate until cool - about a couple of hours.
- Pour over ice. Top with a mint sprig. And enjoy!