Summer Refresher!

There are a lot of things that make me think of Summertime with drinks. Sun brewed ice tea. Lemonade. Arnold Palmer. Last year there was some kind of trend where there was a lemonade made mixed with something creamy. Which is always delicious! But since it’s been getting hotter and hotter here, I was trying to think of something nice that wasn’t plain black tea or plain lemonade.

When an Arnold Palmer is at that point when the sweet tea and lemonade haven’t mixed yet…

For our lemonade, I always make a huge pitcher batch with 1 3/4 cups of Ideal Sugar (it’s only $5 at Food City, not $11 like Amazon), 2 cups lemon juice, and then the rest of the pitcher is filled up with filtered water. I dissolve the sugar in some warm water before adding the lemon juice just so it doesn’t have a grainy texture and waste the sugar.

For the Hibiscus tea, I usually use loose tea leaves to make my tea, but you can find teabags. Make the tea according to the directions. (For loose tea, I do a spoonful for every cup of tea I want to be made. I like mine a bit stronger.) Sweeten to taste.

Mix the Hibiscus Tea and Lemonade to taste. For one version, I went a little lighter on the Hibiscus Tea and went heavier Lemonade, then I added a little bit of lime zest to the drink. I also put Boba Pearls in the drink, but it was so cloudy you couldn’t even see the white tapioca balls. Maybe the black sugar ones would be better? I need to pick some up next time I go into town.

The Boba version was a very rosy pink color. Just a hint of the Hibiscus flavor. The lychee Boba pearls were very tasty though. And the lime zest gave it an interesting umf. For my next glass, I just went classic Arnold Palmer, doing half Hibiscus Tea and half Lemonade. It was a much deeper color this time and I had to stop myself from guzzling the whole mason jar down.

I really enjoyed this one. I’ll have to work on some more Summertime drinks as the season goes on. Thanks for stopping by today! We’ve got a lot of fun things happening this week/month. I’ll hopefully be able to post about them once they happen. See you guys tomorrow!

Published by Erin Seto

Southern Peach 🍑, in her 30’s - Artist 🎨 + Bibliophile 📚 + Geek 🎮 + Nerd 👓 + Animal-Lover 🐾 + Bipolar Disorder 💢 x Anxiety 😨 x PTSD 💣÷ DBT Therapy ✨ + Mental Health Matters 🧠 = ME 👩🏽

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