I find myself talking a lot about the seasons and weather here, but the fact is, I’m a little obsessed lately. I am so, so, so ready for summer to be here.
Here in Seattle, we have a little joke that summer doesn’t start until July 5. And sure enough, the temperature has steadfastly hovered in the low 60s and the sun has peeked out once, maybe twice, the past few days. Summer just can’t seem to take hold. So I decided to put a little summer in my glass instead.
This delicious twist on the popular green tea and lemonade combo swaps out the lemons for limes. The result is a sweet, slightly tart, and thirst-quenching drink that should really hit the spot once the sun comes out for good.
The sun is going to come out … right?
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Zest of one lime
- 4 bags green tea
- ½ cup fresh lime juice (about 4 – 6 limes, depending on size/juiciness)
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water, sugar, and lime zest to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved (it should already be nearly dissolved by the time it comes to a boil), then remove the pan from heat.
- Place green tea bags in hot water mixture and steep for one minute. Remove.
- Let mixture sit for 30 minutes to cool.
- Strain room-temperature mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher.
- Stir in the fresh lime juice.
- Serve over ice.