Lemonade is one of my favorite summer drinks. So is iced tea. I had to find a way to combine them that would taste good. So I could drink it by gallon.
The recipe (makes a half gallon):
- 5 teabags of Bigelow Raspberry Herbal Tea
- 2 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland teabags
- 2 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger
- 2 teabags of Celestial Seasonings Wildberry Zinger
- 1 teabag of Equal Exchange Vanilla Roiboos or Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Rooibos
- 1 to 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons (1 oz) Limoncello
- 1 quart of boiling water
- 2-2.5 cups cold water
- Stevia to taste
Place all the teabags in a half gallon container. I cut the strings off because I’ve never had any luck at keeping them out of the tea. Pour in the boiling water. Let sit overnight on the counter.
Next morning: remove the teabags. Add lemon juice, limoncello, cold water and stir. Add stevia in increments until you’re happy with the taste. Remember to stir in between spoonfuls. Everyone has a different threshold for sweetness. Find your happy place and stick to it.
If you, like me, occasionally add too much sweetness, never fear. You can add more water, raspberry tea or lemon juice to cut the sweetness down to a level that’s more tolerable.
I have a not-so-small obsession with herbal tea and usually have on hand at least a dozen different kinds at all times. You might not share that obsession.
Don’t worry. You can make this tea with whatever raspberry teas you have on hand. I’ve made it with different teas before. Just check the boxes of tea you intend to use and compare the labels. You want the first couple of ingredients to be complementary flavors. If the recipes for the teas you intend to use have ingredients in common that are listed in different spots on their labels then you can be assured that they will pair well.
Maybe in future I’ll do a post about that. Maybe. It could happen, if you ask me. 🙂
In the mean time, enjoy a glass of raspberry (tea) lemonade with me.