Iced Chai Lemonade
Holy smokes it’s hot.
It’s August and we’re about to flee the city for a cabin on a lake for a while. Thank goodness. Because as much as I’ve been travelling and exploring this summer, so much of it has been in the name of work. Fun work, to be fair, but work (in the form of creating content) nevertheless.
The cabin by the lake doesn’t have wifi, and electricity is somewhat challenging, so that kinda limits the amount of work I’m able to do. Forced relaxation FTW!
One of my jaunts this summer took me over to Vancouver Island, and to the Nanaimo Farmer’s Market.
One of the vendors there was a local guy who was selling chai tea. Now you know I love chai. It’s warming and spicy and…. great in the colder fall and winter months. In the summer, though?? When it’s blazing hot? Not so much.
Believe it or not, it’s actually good to drink hot liquid in the hot months. You see, it raises your internal temperature, so you don’t feel so hot. Having said that, I’ll still be sticking with my iced coffees for a bit, thankyouverymuch.
The Chai Guy was doing an iced chai as well, mixed with lemonade, and it was a really wonderful summer drink. A little spicy, not too sweet, clean and refreshing. He gave me some of his Citrus Chai blend and the recipe, and I thought I’d share it with you.
This really was something completely new to me… and I like it a lot. I’ve brewed up a batch of it to keep in my fridge and serve over ice.
It’s tasty and cooling. Try it!
By the by, this would also make a very nice cocktail when combined with a shot of vodka or tequila. Just sayin.
Iced Chai Lemonade
- 2 cups water
- 3 tsp Citrus Sunshine Steeped Chai
- lemonade (homemade or store-bought)
- Pour the two cups of water into a small saucepan on the stove and add the chai tea. Bring up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain, and allow to cool at least slightly.
- In a cocktail shaker (you don’t really need to shake it, you can just mix equal parts tea and lemonade over ice, but I liked the “head” effect I got from shaking it in a cocktail shaker), place some ice. Add 1/2 cup tea and 1/2 cup lemonade, put the top on and shake vigorously. Pour into a glass (with the ice) and enjoy.