As some of you know, I live in Utah, USA. This time of year, Utah is hot. Really, really hot. You just wouldn't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly hot it is. That being said, I sometimes have to think twice before brewing myself a hot beverage like tea. Iced teas are an alternative, but sometimes you want something a little different.
One way that you can do this is to create custom ice cubes, using different juices or different brewed teas. This can lead to some especially interesting beverage creations.
Instead of drinking straight iced tea, you could blend it with juice cubes, or add some delicious white tea to some apple juice or another mild fruit juice.
Another interesting thing you can do with this concept is to enjoy your favorite teas in a true summer fashion - by making teasicles! This can be especially fun when there are other people around to share your creation with. When I create a teasicle, I usually sweeten the tea alot more. I also tend to choose a more flavorful or spiced tea, such as blood orange, or chai.
Tea cubes and juice cubes can also make excellent additions to other beverages, like sodas. Lemonade cubes in particular make a great addition to lots of beverages, including most teas. I can imagine that adding a healthy dose of frozen chai to some almond milk might also be especially delicious...
Anyways - I hope some of you living in hot places get some mileage out of these ideas. I know I sure do.
Cheers, and have great summers,
Relznuk Zero Relznuk
Thursday, September 06, 2007