Strawberry Iced Tea
Sometimes I wonder who started this trend of taking awesome food pictures for food blogs? Gorgeous food styling, drool worthy presentation, brilliant light effects, cutest props that can even tempt you to try a cauliflower dish? I admire such dedication and hard work people put in that give us screen-lickin’-good photographs. I am well aware of my (very) limited talent and seriously I don’t think I can ever reach that level and don’t even try to; Therefore I prefer to focus, (literally!) on the recipe and the product it yields. Nature and natural light are excellent resources.
Spring and strawberries don’t last long. Keeping this in mind I photographed this post in the garden. This season strawberry supply is abundant Alhamdulillah and much cheaper than last year. I am of the opinion that one should eat fruit rather than cooking it but my opinions are flexible! This season I tried all sorts of recipes with strawberries and there is no shame admitting that I went overboard and practically put this delicious, juicy red gem in everything.
This recipe took me by surprise as I am not a big fan of iced tea. Best part is there is no soda or sparkling water involved, just simplest of ingredients to give you such a refreshing and light drink plus the color itself is so pleasant. An ideal seasonal drink for strawberry obsessed individuals.
Strawberry Iced Tea
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp green tea leave or use a tea bag
- 5 medium sized strawberries, washed and roughly chopped with green part removed
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp honey, optional or any sweetner if required
Put water in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil.
Add tea leaves. If using tea bag I would recommend to tear the bag, take the tea leaves out and add to the water.
Cover the pan, switch off the flame and simmer for 2 minutes. Strain prepared green tea, let cool down to room temperature and refrigerate to chill.
Combine chopped strawberries, sugar and 1/2 cup water in another small pan. Cook on medium flame for about 2-3 minutes till strawberries are softened.
Remove from heat, bring to room temperature and refrigerate till chilled.
Starin strawberry mixture and add to chilled green tea. Pour into glasses with ice cubes. Add honey or sugar or any other sweetner if required.