This week I caught the only sunny day of the week and managed to take full advantage of it and do nothing else but sit in the sun on my terrace. In the last few weeks we’ve had so much rain and the forecast for the next 14 days looks like more of the same.
This is our first summer in our new home, and so far, I can’t really say we’ve enjoyed the new terrace, but I know, it’s still really early in the season. Keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny summer.
Anyway, I wanted to get ready to entertain this summer, not only with food but also with drinks (mostly alcoholic ones, but need a few without alcool for early afternoon 😜). I love iced tea in the summer time, and it’s so easy to make at home, no need to spend money and buy it at the store.
I thought I would make good use of my ever growing basil, and since I often make Lemon Basil granita ( you can get the recipe here) , I thought that the basil would be good in my iced tea . It turns out it was super delicious and refreshing as well. I think it will become my new way of making iced tea. I chose to sweeten the tea with a simple syrup made with raw cane sugar. You can use honey if you prefer, but please stay away from artificial sweeteners, they are poison!
- 1 bag of english tea (or your favourite brand)
- 5 cups of boiling water (divided)
- 1 cup of raw cane sugar
- 1 lemon (sliced)
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 6 large basil leaves (bruised)
- Start by boiling 4 cups of water.
- Add the water to a pitcher.
- Add in the tea bag and steep for about 5 minutes or to taste.
- In a sauce pan, mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of raw cane sugar.
- Bring to gentle boil until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add this water to the tea to sweeten.
- Add in the lemon slices, lemon juice and basil leaves.
- Put in the fridge and cool completely.
- Serve over ice cubes.