Summer Drinks # 5- Pomegranate Lemon Iced Tea

IMG_0134Summer Drinks # 5- Pomegranate Lemon Iced Tea is a real thirst quencher on a scorching summer day. When people come over to my place on a hot summer day, I usually offer them  Iced Teas and Pomegranate Lemon Iced tea is one of my personal favorites. Today I am sharing an easy and delicious iced tea enhanced with the refreshing flavors of lemon, pomegranate, and sweet Basil.

I think that all of us have been tipped enough about the health hazards involved with consuming aerated drinks, but still most of us reach out for a can more often than we should be and the present generation has actually grown up with a bottle of ‘Pop’ in their hand. It’s time to ditch that soft drink for something healthier like Pomegranate Lemon Iced Tea which is just one option among many.

Start trading in your colas for iced drinks, people. When the mercury is soaring, iced teas are the answer to lower your temperature! Infuse your tea with fruit, fresh herbs and natural sweeteners like jaggery, honey, demerara sugar or even crystal sugar would give you a bunch of awesome drink options that are much more delicious than those unnatural fizzy drinks.Most teas are full of antioxidants which increase if you drink tea that is flavored with lemon. Most of my iced teas include mint which adds additional antioxidants and flavor. Iced tea is infused into water, which will keep you as hydrated as water.

Most teas are full of antioxidants which increase if you drink tea that is flavored with lemon. Most of my iced teas include mint which adds additional antioxidants and flavor. Iced tea is infused into water, which will keep you as hydrated as water.

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Use black tea as the base, and then muddle fresh mint and pomegranate together for this lovely cold Pomegranate Lemon Iced Tea  infusion.

Ingredients

4 cups water

2 Lipton tea bags

4 tbsp demerara sugar

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 small cup of pomegranate juice

I/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Round lemon slices

Fresh Basil or Mint leaves

Cold water

Ice cubes

Method

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Place a tea bag in a glass container with approximately half a cup of water. Allow it to steep for at least two hours at room temperature. You could even put the bag in boiling water and cool it but I prefer it this way. If desired, add lemon or lime juice or fresh mint to add flavor. I used Lipton (it is light) tea bags to make this chilled and visually enchanting, summertime favorite drink.

Take a shaker. Pour the lemonade (lemon juice, sugar, and water) then the pomegranate juice and shake nicely. You can add honey or jaggery or plain sugar in place of demerara sugar. In a glass add the pomegranate seeds, basil, ice, and muddle; top with the tea and garnish with basil leaves and lime wedge.

This Pomegranate lemon iced tea is truly summer in a glass; it is full of delicate flavor, light and sparkly, this mocktail has divine ingredients like homemade lemonade, fresh pomegranate juice, and fresh basil.

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