Recipe: Iced Tea Lemonade (Arnold Palmer)

The lovely thing about lemons is the brightness and acidity that they add – especially when added to tea! Iced Tea Lemonade is a popular drink, and I’m guilty of buying it in cans and bottles from the store for the convenience factor. And while I’ll still do it from time to time (and recycle!), it’s nice to be able to make it at home – I get to make it fresh, control how much sugar does or does not end up in each cup, and it’s a lot more environmentally friendly!

Arnold Palmer is the name commonly used to reference a non-alcoholic drink that consists of iced tea and lemonade. The ratio the late American pro-golfer was known to drink was 1 parts lemonade for every 3 parts tea.

Iced Tea Lemonade Recipe – Serves 2

Lemonade
1 tablespoon Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup water

2 tablespoons loose leaf black tea¹
2 cups water (100°C/212°F)

¹ I have made this recipe with a variety of straight black tea, including: Orange Pekoe, English Breakfast, and Darjeeling Black Tea. I would recommend using a black tea that hasn’t been blended with other ingredients. You can also try an Arnold Palmer with a twist by using a straight green or oolong tea in place of the black tea.

Mix Simple Syrup, lemon juice, and water in a measuring glass – set aside.
Steep black tea in heated water for 3 minutes – or according to steeping instructions.
Allow the tea to cool – chill in the fridge.

Per glass, add in:
⅓ cup lemonade
Ice, to fill.
1 cup cooled black tea
Garnish the rim of your glasses with a lemon slice or wedge.

Tea Tip! Pair your Iced Tea Lemonade (Arnold Palmer) with a paper or reusable glass or stainless steel straw.

 

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water*
1 cup sugar*

* You can make more or less Simple Syrup depending on your Iced Tea Lemonade (Arnold Palmer) needs. I used organic cane sugar for my Simple Syrup in this recipe. The basis of a Simple Syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.

Super Simple Simple Syrup Method

Combine equal parts sugar and boiled water from a kettle in a bowl.
Mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Set aside to cool.

Less Simple Simple Syrup Method

Combine all Simple Syrup ingredients in a saucepan, and place over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Allow syrup to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Pour Simple Syrup into a jar or bottle and refrigerate.

The Simple Syrup will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge – don’t forget to label with the date!

Recipe: Iced Hojicha Latte

Hojicha is a roasted Japanese green tea – which makes it quite a bit different from other traditional Japanese green teas that aren’t roasted. Hojicha can be purchased as either leaves or twigs. The roasting process gives the tea a sweet, nutty and earthy aroma and flavour. Hojicha typically has lower levels of caffeine compared to other teas, which is one of the reasons why it is often had as an after-dinner drink. As a latte, Hojicha is had both iced and hot and I’ve been enjoying this drink iced lately – which prompted me to want to share a recipe with you all! I’ve been making this at home and the vanilla in the Vanilla Simple Syrup adds a nice level of creaminess to the latte so don’t skimp on that!

Iced Hojicha Latte Recipe – Serves 1

1 tablespoon Vanilla Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
2 teaspoons Hojicha
¾ cup hot water
⅓ cup milk (dairy or dairy-free alternative)
Ice cubes

Steep your Hojicha in hot water (I use 80°C/175°F) for 2 minutes.
Add in Vanilla Simple Syrup.
Allow tea to cool.
Fill glass with ice.
Pour in milk, and then tea.
If using a straw, don’t forget to use a reusable stainless steel, paper, or silicone straw.

Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water*
1 cup sugar*
2 tsp vanilla extract

* You can make more or less Vanilla Simple Syrup depending on your Hojicha Latte needs. I used pure vanilla extract and organic cane sugar for my Vanilla Simple Syrup in this recipe. The basis of a Simple Syrup is to use a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water.

Super Simple Vanilla Simple Syrup Method

Using boiled water from a kettle, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Set aside to cool.

Less Simple Vanilla Simple Syrup Method

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, and place over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Allow syrup to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Add vanilla extract.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Pour Vanilla Simple Syrup into a jar or bottle and refrigerate.

The Vanilla Simple Syrup will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge – don’t forget to label with the date!

Recipe: Matcha Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, you make a Matcha Lemonade! This makes for a fun twist on an iced matcha that is refreshing, delicious and perfect for the summer – so why not give it a try? I love nice icy drinks in the summer, and having a little something that incorporates tea just makes it all better!

Matcha Lemonade Recipe – serves 2

Lemonade
2 tablespoons Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
2 tablespoons lemon juice¹
700ml (3 cups) water

4 teaspoons matcha²
125ml (½ cup) warm water
Ice cubes
1 lemon (for garnish)

¹ 1 medium size lemon yields approximately 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. I used lemon juice but you can use either.
² Because you are blending it with lemonade, I would not use the most expensive matcha from your tea stash for this drink. I used a lower grade matcha that’s still meant for drinking, because I knew I would be blending it with lemonade. A good quality matcha is typically $1 per gram, and do not use a matcha that has other ingredients in it besides matcha.

Mix Simple Syrup, lemon juice, and water in a pitcher – set aside.
Sift the matcha into a bowl – this helps get rid of the clumps.
Whisk with the warm water, add a little bit at a time. First you create a paste with the matcha and then thin it out with the remaining water.
Fill each glass with ice cubes.
Add half of the lemonade to each glass (350ml/1½ cups).
Add half of the matcha to each glass (62.5ml/¼ cups)
Garnish the rim of your glasses with a lemon slice or wedge.

Tea Tip! Pair your Matcha Lemonade with a paper or reusable glass or stainless steel straw.

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water*
1 cup sugar*

* You can make more or less Simple Syrup depending on your Matcha Lemonade needs. I used organic cane sugar for my Simple Syrup in this recipe. The basis of a Simple Syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water.

Super Simple Simple Syrup Method

Combine equal parts sugar and boiled water from a kettle in a bowl.
Mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Set aside to cool.

Less Simple Simple Syrup Method

Combine all Simple Syrup ingredients in a saucepan, and place over medium heat.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Allow syrup to simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Pour Simple Syrup into a jar or bottle and refrigerate.

The Simple Syrup will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge – don’t forget to label with the date!

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