With great fear and hesitance I proposed iced tea to replace my Mothers morning cup of hot tea – and she didn’t agree
This is perhaps the only time of the year when an ardent tea lover also thinks twice before sipping a cup of tea . Kolkata is boiling right now. No signs of mercury giving any respite. Its scaling new heights almost every week, as if like a champion its in a competition with no one but self . As many would say the problem is not with temperature but the humidity and the real feel .
In these conditions, its important that one maintains the necessary fluid intake in various forms. I remember when I was in school , throughout the summer on my return from school Ma used to give me a glass of Glucon – C or Glucon – D from the refrigerator. Occasionally there used to be lemon juices, water melon juices . My first thirst quenchers . Kissan fruit squash was on sundays and only sundays . As it was a luxury, so baba used to bring one bottle for the summer and it used to last throughout the season. Soon Rasna became a household name. Thumps up was a rare luxury and unavailable everywhere. Sanjana aka Aishwarya Rai Bachhan was yet to ask Aamir khan – Got another Pepsi ? Soon the economy opened up and the artificial thirst quenchers started crowding the market, to an extent that everyone shouted to get a pie of the market. It was later that I realised that there is something called Beer which is not from jungle, pronounced slightly differently and can be a good thirst quencher and a gateway to many many special moments. I think these days my return journey will start soon with Tugga growing up, when I sometime will end up from where I had begun … Glucon C or Glucon D
Ma and her grandson both couldn’t resist when Madhushree and I were sipping on to the ice tea with Lemongrass and ginger with some ice cubes . The senior while having from the glass gave a satisfying and happy node, the junior being possessive about his sipper gave a very disapproving look … He will also go through the journey of his thirst quenchers soon ..
Madhushree takes over for the recipe –
Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea
This one is a very simple recipe and once you have made it at home, you would always wonder why on earth had you ever bought a ready mix ice tea from the market. So much so that my fridge is always stocked with either this or some other flavor of iced tea ready to be served whenever there is a craving for some cool drink, especially in the summers.
|Lemon grass||3 stalks||Tea||4 -5 bags|
|Sugar||2- 3 tbsp||Water||6 cups approx|
|Ginger||½ inch chopped|
- The first thing you need to do is the brew the tea. Take about 4 cups of water and brew the tea. Let it steep for a longer period of time than usual. I prefer about 7- 10 minutes. Then discard the tea bags and keep the tea aside.
- Once you are done with the brewing of the tea, take another pan and put in 2 cups of water, along with sugar and the chopped ginger cut. Also add the lemon grass. Only the white stalk of the lemon grass should be used. Cut then into small pieces and smash a little bit with the knife to enhance the flavor.
- Let this boil for about 2 -3 minutes and then let it steep in medium to low heat for about half hour.
- Once you get the full flavor and aroma of the lemon grass and ginger, add the tea to the mix. Give it one good boil and then turn off the heat.
- Let the tea cool down and the flavor of the lemon grass and ginger infuse properly.
- Once completely cool, strain the liquid and discard the lemon grass and ginger bits.
- Make sure to taste and adjust the quantity of sugar as per your liking.
- Then pour in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator to chill.
- I feel overnight it gives a full bodied flavor.
- Serve chilled in a tall glass with lots of ice cubes.
If you are a connoisseur of classic tea then you may want to read our experience at a Tea Lounge .