Thursday, June 16, 2016
Ice Lime Tea
I love ice lemon tea , but lemons are a bit pricey over here and so I used limes. There is something very refreshing about a tall glass of cold ice tea and its a great drink to serve for Iftar ( breaking fast) or to cool off on a hot day. I love the ice tea or Teh Ice Limau they serve in the Mamak stalls in Malaysia.
There they use these tiny little limes called Calamansi limes with loads of ice. I have tried to make ice tea various times but usually end up with too much lime or too much tea.
I finally made it using slightly thin skinned limes, if I used the darker green ones. the tea ended up a bit bitter. I like my ice tea sweet , the best way would be to adjust to your liking or serve the sugar syrup separate so everyone can adjust the sweetness to how much they like it.
Recipe : Ice Lime Tea.
serves 4 -5
8 thin slices Lime ( about lime, choose slightly yellow ones)
1 teabag ( I use Lipton Yellow Label)
2 cups boiling hot water
1/2 cup sugar syrup ( or to taste) * see note below on how to make sugar syrup
3 cups ice cubes
Place tea bags in hot water and let it sit for a few minutes about 10 minutes, you want a nice dark amber colour , let it cool .
Take a large jug or juice container with a wide lid, place the limes, ice cubes and fill it up with the prepared tea. Add sugar syrup , the amount I mentioned above gives a nice sweet tea, add more or less to your liking . Put the lid on and give a good shake . Let it chill in the fridge till needed till needed. If using a jug, I would say use a large spoon to mix , press a little on the lime slices to get the flavour out but don't squash them too much. Taste . adjust the tastes to your liking.
Note : To make Sugar syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water say 1 cup each , in a saucepan , bring to a boil and simmer till reduced a little. Cool and pour into a clean bottle and use when needed.