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When the late summer heat is in full swing, beverages around here get a little cooler. Although I never give up my morning cup of hot coffee, I’m always happy to switch up my afternoon tea from hot to iced for summer. We like to keep our beverage refrigerator in the kitchen stocked with easy-to-grab drinks, and I always have a few bottles of Pure Leaf™ Tea on hand to either take with me on the go or to mix up a special drink at home.
I always like to drink the unsweetened Pure Leaf tea, so that way I can play with my own sugar and flavors. A favorite flavor combination that I started drinking last summer is blueberry lemon. It is fresh, light and not too sweet, making it the perfect drink for an afternoon break.
The great thing about this little recipe is that the simple syrup is super easy, stays good for a while and is also great in other beverages (like lemonade or a margarita if you’re ready for happy hour), so you could even set up a little beverage bar for brunch or just having friends over.
Blueberry Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- For mixing: lemon, mint, lots of ice
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Strain through a colander and discard blueberries. Allow to cool before serving.
Pour Pure Leaf ™ Iced Tea into ice-filled glasses. I used the unsweetened tea for this recipe, but the “Not Too Sweet Honey Green” flavor or “Iced Tea with Lemon” flavor would be good with this too, just make sure you add cooled blueberry syrup to taste, I use a couple of teaspoons in mine. Squeeze a slice of lemon into a glass and stir. Garnish with lemon and mint.
For a little afternoon tea and chat with my mom, I also made these light Citrus Butter Cookies (via The Pioneer Woman, who has become my new favorite Food Network chef). They were just the right combination of sweet and citrus to go with our tea.
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