On this – the hottest* day I have experienced in Stockholm during 2014 – I spontaneously threw together a refreshing iced tea drink that manages to combine some of my favourite things; sparkling water (I could drink litres!), green tea, ice, blueberries, mint and lime.
An easy-to-make, beautiful drink that promotes beauty from the inside out!
SPARKLING ICED GREEN TEA INFUSED WITH MINT, LIME & BLUEBERRIES
Makes 1 litre
500 ml water
1 organic green teabag (or caffeine-free herbal teabag)
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
A handful of blueberries (I used a mix of fresh and frozen**)
500 ml plain sparkling mineral/soda water
- Boil water and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Add the teabag and half of the mint leaves and let tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like your tea infusion to be.
- Remove teabag and mint leaves from the infusion.
- Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the tea. Cut the remaining half into slices and set aside.
- When the tea has cooled completely, add the reserved lime slices and blueberries.
- Just prior to serving, mix the tea infusion with the sparkling water. Add the rest of the mint leaves and ice cubes.
*By “hottest”, I mean 32 degrees Celsius… which is not a patch on the crazy 46 degrees I experienced in Adelaide earlier this year. A heat warning was issued a couple of weeks ago as the temperature was going to “climb” to 26 degrees and potentially stay there for more than a couple of days. These temps are very unusual and about as good as it gets, weather-wise in Sweden. A mildly depressing thought!
*Frozen berries will add a little colour to the tea as they defrost. If this is desirable, go ahead and use frozen ones. If not, stick with fresh blueberries.