Iced Redbush and Elderflower Lemonade Tea
By Sue Lau
Welcome to #IcedTeaDay! And just in time too. Our weather was slightly cool this week, but with the onset of the weekend the heat is turned way up by Mother Nature with temps well into the 90’s.
But even with all the heat, my drink of choice year round is some sort of iced tea with a big wedge of lemon. I know Southern style is sugary but I just like it plain and lemony bright.
For today, Adagio Teas is sponsoring and has generously supplied a selection of teas for our bloggers to play with and come up with new ideas. As well, they are offering a prize package so our readers can enter to try and win.
For my tea, I chose Adagio’s Rooibos tea, which is a redbush tea from South Africa. Rooibos is not technically a tea per se, but a herbaceous shrub that visually reminds me of sage or sweet annie. It is quite abundant in South Africa, being a popular staple.
The tea has a nice earthy aroma with a slight nuttiness that reminds me of walnuts with woodsy aromas and notes of tobacco. These flavor notes blend very well with citrus, so I decided to do a lemonade tea, since lemonade is also a favorite summer drink. using the elderflower syrup to round out the flavor profile with a nectary floral sweetness.
Occasionally I make my own syrups (I have a martini recipe upcoming that uses home made honeysuckle syrup) but since I don’t have any elderflowers available to me, I just used a purchased syrup for coffee and tea (Monin makes one). And since elderflowers are bloooming right now (in June) if you have them, that makes this the perfect seasonal drink as well.
The drink comes together very quickly and if you want to add an adult aspect to it, it can be prodded into being a cocktail with the addition of St. Germain liqueur or Limoncello (if you are over 21- and if you do, drink responsibly!)
Make sure you don’t forget to scroll down to see all the recipes offered today as well as enter the giveaway Adagio is sponsoring. I would love for you to have a selection of these fine teas for your summer fun.
Iced Redbush and Elderflower Lemonade Tea
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons loose Adagio Rooibos tea
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup elderflower syrup
- 4 cups chilled water
- Steep tea leaves in near boiling water (212°F.) for five minutes, then strain the tea with a fine sieve.
- Stir tea with remaining ingredients; taste for preferred sweetness, adding more elderflower syrup as desired.
- Serve over ice with a mint sprig or lemon wedge if desired.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
It’s #IcedTeaDay! Are you ready for some fun?
Welcome to #IcedTeaDay hosted by Sue from Palatable Pastime. We are so excited to have you join us as we cool off with drinks and treats made with Adagio Tea.
Bloggers are hanging together today to share their favorite iced tea recipes using gourmet teas.
Thank you so much, Adagio Teas, for generously supplying the bloggers with product for development and providing a prize package for our readers!. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!
Disclaimer: Thank you to our #IcedTeaDay Sponsor: Adagio Tea for providing the prizes free of charge. This company also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #IcedTeaDay. All opinions are my own.
Adagio Teas is giving away a gourmet teas gift pack (valued at $92)
Giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Winner will be announced and the prize package sent after the giveaway ends on June 16, 2017. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
Take a look at what the #IcedTeaDay Bloggers are creating today!
- Caramel Corn Iced Tea from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Cold Brewed Yerba Mate from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Iced Redbush and Elderflower Lemonade Tea from Palatable Pastime
- Iced Tropical Rooibos from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mojito Iced Tea from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Basil Darjeeling Iced Tea from Books n’ Cooks
- Strawberry Iced Tea from Feeding Big
- Vanilla Caramel Cream Tea Pops from Family Around the Table