Tea Time!

If you are anything like me, you may be a wee bit obsessed with tea. My Teavana ventures in Boca Mall cost me $200.00 a pop and I feel like I get an aluminum can with 8 inches of air and 1 tiny bit of tea. If you’re understanding what I’m talking about, then you’re probably just as in love with tea as I am!

Please don’t go on those rampages anymore unless its a dire need because I’ve concocted a tea that tastes amazing and costs hardly anything.

Here’s what you need: ps – this is so simple to make, there’s no excuse 🙂

-1 lemon, skin peeled and then cut in half (you will need juice of one half later)
-about 1.5 inches of fresh ginger root, chopped
-1 cup sugar (feel free to substitute low cal sweetener if you choose – if using, I’d say about half cup)
-4 cups water
-6 tea bags (Rec: Tazo Green ginger)
-sparkling water (optional)
-mint for garnish, lemon for garnish (optional)

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Over medium-high heat, combine the water and sugar.

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Peel the lemon skin with a peeler. Peel about 1.5 inches of your fresh ginger and chop into fine pieces. If you’ve never worked with fresh ginger, OH EM GEE, you are missing out. The smell is fab, the flavor is fab…basically, everything about it is FAB. You will be a believer once you try it.

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Put the lemon peels and ginger into the water with sugar and stir. Let this come to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove the paper tags from the tea bags so you just have the tea packet.

Turn off the heat on your pot and place the 6 tea bags in. Stir them into the liquid and let steep for about 20 minutes.

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After your tea has steeped for about 20 minutes, squeeze one half of the lemon’s juice in. Stir.

Using a fine strainer, empty the liquid into a medium sized container. The tea will be cool by then.

I like to pour the tea over ice and top it with about half an inch of sparkling water. It gives it that extra BOOM.

Then, I garnish with a lemon slice and fresh mint.

VIOLA, you have this amazing looking and tasting tea, less than 30 minutes, and costs nearly nothing.

Let me know how yours comes out and if you try any variations, please let me know! 🙂

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