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.
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!