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Strawberry Iced Tea

If you do happen to make the mistake of telling me about an impending trip to Panchgani at this time of the year, well, there’s no way that I’d let you get away without bringing back kilos of strawberries for me. Kilos, yes, kilos, because that’s just how unapologetically greedy I am for fresh strawberries that make a guest appearance during the winter in India. And while my Mum would use the berries to make her year’s supply of strawberry jam (which I would frugally share with you for having lugged the cargo for me), I, on the other hand, am always on the lookout for ingenious recipes to show off these lovely strawberries in all their glory.

You could argue that there’s hardly anything inventive about Strawberry Iced Tea, and being a kid of the Snapple era, I’d agree with you wholeheartedly… but would you just take a moment to gawk at these fresh strawberries adorning my balcony? Let’s just give them a chance in a thirst-quenching drink, shall we?

As much as I love strawberries, I’ve always found them a little too sour in India, though one might get lucky with a tart and sweet batch every now and then. A little bit of foraging on the internet tells me that this is the general condition of strawberries in India because of the timing of when they are picked. This is why we end up countering their sour flavour by adding more sugar in this adapted recipe than our counterparts in other countries might need to.

And then of course, there is the issue of cold tea drinks requiring more sugar than hot tea drinks – you can easily tackle this by allowing the brewed tea to cool completely before getting on with the mixing of the sugar and lemon juice. In situations such as these, caster sugar is your best bet… granulated sugar would take far too long to dissolve. But all of this depends on the sourness of the strawberries… so while the original recipecalled for a variation between ¼ to ½ cup of sugar, I’m going to extend that range from anywhere between 1/3rd to 3/4th cup caster sugar. Adjust the sweetness of this drink as you make it just like you would adjust flavours while making Thai curry and you’ll never go wrong! Off we go…

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Strawberry Iced Tea
If you do happen to make the mistake of telling me about an impending trip to Panchgani at this time of the year, well, there’s no way that I’d let you get away without bringing back kilos of strawberries for me. Kilos, yes, kilos, becaus
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries roughly (set a few aside for garnish) or 300 grams
  • 1/33/4 cup caster sugar rd to th (adjust according to taste / sourness of strawberries)
  • 32 oz water tea fluid hot to brew
  • 4 tea bags
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • wedges Lemon
  • 4 to 5 basil leaves for garnish
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries roughly (set a few aside for garnish) or 300 grams
  • 1/33/4 cup caster sugar rd to th (adjust according to taste / sourness of strawberries)
  • 32 oz water tea fluid hot to brew
  • 4 tea bags
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • wedges Lemon
  • 4 to 5 basil leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Soak tea bags in hot water to brew tea
  2. Once done, allow it to cool completely
  3. Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender / food processor until completely smooth
  4. Once the brewed tea has cooled, add lemon juice and 1/3rd cup caster sugar and stir to dissolve completely
  5. Use a mesh strainer to strain the pureed strawberries into the iced tea (this is to strain out the seeds), stir to mix and add more caster sugar as required
  6. Garnish with lemon wedges, sliced strawberries basil leaves
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4 Comments on “Strawberry Iced Tea

Renuka
November 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

Wow! Your pictures look so gorgeous! I would love to try strawberry iced tea. 🙂 And yes, I’d like to visit Pachgani myself and buy kilos and kios of strawberries!

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Tarika Singh
November 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’m so glad someone understands the need to have kilos of strawberries! And thank you 🙂

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Rochelle Hutchinson
December 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Can’t wit for summer to try this delicious tea!

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Tarika Singh
December 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

🙂

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