Man, it is hot, and that sound is the sound of records breaking. As I write it is mind numbingly “warm”. Although it is such a slow start to Summer, these first days of heat are some of the hottest recorded. And people say climate change is not real.
So the rhythms of the kitchen change, and first thing in the morning we decide what to pop into the fridge for late-afternoon-on-the-deck cool sipping. There are quite a few recipes around for Apple Green Tea iced drink, and I tissied them up a bit, to suit our tastes and the items on my kitchen bench this morning. I do hope you enjoy it!
You might also like to try Ginger Cooler, Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger, Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea (which can be iced) and a Strawberry Frappe. Try Rose Strawberries with Sweetened Yoghurt Cream.
Have a look at our Summer Cooler Suggestions – or browse all of our coolers here. Are you looking for Tea recipes? Try here. Or Juice suggestions? Look here. Or simply explore our Early Summer recipes here.
Remember, this recipe is quite flexible. Add or remove elements to suit your kitchen, keeping Green Tea and Apple Juice as the key elements.
Green Tea, Mint, Ginger, Apple Juice and Strawberry Cooler
350 ml water at around 75C for making green tea
2 green tea bags or 2.5 tspn green tea leaves
5-6 mint leaves
350 ml apple juice, or 4 apples
0.25 of a medium lemon
a handful of strawberries
1 knob of ginger
strawberries, mint leaves, lemon slices, apple slices
Water about 75C is the best temp for green tea – you can boil the kettle and let it sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Make the green tea in a teapot if using tea leaves, and strain into a large jug. Otherwise make it directly in a large jug if using tea bags. Remove the bags after the tea is made.
Add the mint leaves to the jug while the water is still hot.
Using a juicer, juice the apples, ginger, lemon and strawberries. See notes below if you are using store-bought apple juice.
Add the juice to the tea in the jug with 1 – 1.5 cups water, stir well and place in the fridge to chill.
When chilled, serve over ice cubes.
Garnish with any of strawberries, mint leaves, lemon slices or apple slices if desired.
recipe notes and alternatives
If you prefer to avoid using a juicer, add ginger slices to the teapot when the tea is being made. Use shop bought apple juice, and mash the strawberries well. Squeeze the lemon juice and mix all in the jug with the tea.
Cucumber juice is deliciously cooling. Use cucumber juice instead of strawberry juice.
Add mint to the green tea bags, or to the apples being juiced, for a minty twist.