I was really excited about this recipe. I don't normally go out of my way to make a drink, especially a nonalcoholic one, to go with dinner. I brought this Tortellini Pesto Salad to my brother-in-law's for dinner a week ago and brought this drink as well. That was it.
Usually I bring a dessert and a big manly kinda meal. I was feeling all light and healthy and I thought, "he loves a sugary beverage. Why not go with a refreshing summer drink I have pinned to my Drinks Board?" I don't think I've made anything from that board yet. This ended up being a great idea because I didn't have to turn the oven on.
To make this beverage even more exciting, I bought two 16 oz containers of strawberries and cut up enough to make one tray of strawberry ice cubes. I chopped up strawberries, put them in the wells, and then topped it off with water.
Southern Sweet Tea
- 5 Luzianne iced tea bags
- 4 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of fresh whole strawberries, cleaned
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Ice Cubes
- strawberries or lemon slices, for garnish
Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender, then pass the puree through a fine sieve. This took about ten minutes. Add the lemon juice to the pureed strawberries.
Have your five tea bags and 1 cup of sugar ready in a glass pitcher/bowl/heat proof container. Boil 4 1/2 cups of water for the iced tea. I used a tea kettle. When the whistle blows, measure four cups of the water into your container. Let it steep for five minutes then remove the tea bags.
Fill a pitcher halfway with ice, pour the strawberry puree-lemon juice mixture on the ice and pour in the tea on top of that. Stir well and refrigerate.
To serve, fill individual glasses with your strawberry ice cubes and plain ice cubes and garnish with lemon wedges or strawberries.
Source: Deep South Dish
This is what I used to strain the strawberry puree: