Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fizzy Green Tea, Berry & Ginger Cooler

Iced Green Tea, Berry & Ginger Cooler
This refreshing drink is a great way to cool off during the final hot days of summer. It's also a delightful and easy-to-make energizing alternative to iced coffee or plain iced tea, plus you get all the benefits of green tea and cinnamon.

You can multiply the ingredient amounts to make enough for a family or a party, and you can brew it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator before combining with the ginger ale. Its peach-blush color is quite lovely when served in clear glasses or a clear pitcher.

4 bags of green tea
1 bag of berry herbal tea
1 stick cinnamon
4 cups boiling water
Ginger ale (I use diet but you can use regular)

Place the tea bags and cinnamon in a large, heat-safe bowl (preferably glass) or a 4-cup Pyrex glass measuring cup. Pour in the boiling water, cover, and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes, or longer for a stronger, more concentrated tea.

When ready to serve, remove the tea bags and gently squeeze into the bowl to extract more flavor before discarding the bags. Also remove the cinnamon stick. Fill pitcher or individual drinking glasses with ice, pour about half-way to 2/3 full with the tea, then finish filling with ginger ale. Enjoy!

Zestfully yours,
Carolina Sauce Company

PS:  I haven't tried this yet but if you're planning a large gathering I bet you could make a double or triple batch of the tea, chill for a few hours or overnight, then when it's time for your party simply pour the tea into a punch bowl and add almost as much ginger ale.

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