It's the festive season in sunny Australia at the moment. Summer arrived last week, bringing with it very warm weather, hot enough in my opinion to make fresh citrus iced tea. Byron mowed our front lawn this afternoon and now he's resting inside after a cool shower with a glass of the chilled sweet tea.
Hurrah! We have a lawn and a seaside garden filled with palm trees, seashells and large white pebbles from our afternoon strolls along the beach. There are a few succulents, a lavender bush, a frangipani tree and now thanks to my recently acquired green thumb, a vegetable garden that will hopefully flourish with rosemary, basil, cherry tomatoes and avocados.
Citrus Iced Tea
9-10 black or English Breakfast teabags
1 Litre clean drinking water
3/4 cup raw sugar
Additional chilled, clean drinking water
Makes approximately 1 Litre of concentrated tea which dilutes to make 3 Litres of citrus iced tea
Place tea bags in a saucepan with the water and sugar, bring to the boil and boil for five minutes. Remove the tea bags from the hot tea and squeeze to drain the water from the tea bags into the tea. Allow to cool. Try to avoid cooling your tea concentrate in the fridge as it may become cloudy.
Slice two slices of lemon and one large orange slice...
Plop them into a large glass...
Add a half dozen or so ice cubes...
Pour in one part of your cooled iced tea concentrate to two parts chilled clean drinking water.
Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon to each glass you pour and enjoy your sweet iced citrus tea as the ice gently clinks and tiny beads of condensation trickle down the side of your glass.
I absolutely adore Summer.
Be mindful that this iced tea does contain caffeine from the black tea so it's not the best idea to guzzle it down before bed, lest you find yourself awake into the wee hours watching James Bond movies and marvelling at how handsome a young Sean Connery was in his Dr. No days...
Honey: 'What are you doing here? Looking for shells?'
Bond: 'No, I'm just looking.'
Sherioushly shexy accshent, Mishter?
Connery. Sean Connery.