Sweet Raspberry Lime Iced Tea

 

Raspberry TeaPhoto by: David Beeler

 

Last year I organized and hosted a fundraiser for my friend who was fighting (and ended up BEATING) breast cancer.  The theme of the event was (obviously) pink and I decided to coordinate the food and drinks accordingly.  Not only did this Sweet Raspberry Lime Iced Tea fit the event profile, but it also was absolutely perfect for the hot day that it was.

I have to admit that I am not a big “iced tea kinda gal”.  As you may have gathered, I don’t drink soda and during the day I usually stick to my flavored water.  (Now, the evening is a different story, but we’re not talking about that here.)  However, it is nice to serve something “new” and refreshing for gatherings, or simply “just because it’s hot outside” and that’s where this Sweet Raspberry Lime Iced Tea comes in. The lime makes it refreshing, while the raspberry simple syrup adds some sweetness and brings it all together.

The iced tea is easy to make, but a word of caution: allow enough time for things to cool down.  It’s a great recipe to “make ahead”, but less of one that you put together last minute, cause you’re craving it.  Having said that, despite not being a big Iced Tea person, I do thoroughly enjoy this one occasionally.  It’s a special treat, so to speak.

Sweet Raspberry Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients:

  • 5 bags raspberry zinger tea
  • 6 cups water

For the Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1 lime
  • mint sprigs

 

Directions:

  • Put the tea bags in a 8-cup measuring cup or heat safe bowl.
  • Boil the water, pour it over the tea bags, and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and remove tea bags.
  • In a small saucepan combine the sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook briefly until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and add raspberries.
  • Let come to room temperature.
  • Combine the tea and raspberry sugar syrup, to taste.
  • Put ice into 4 (12-oz) glasses.
  • To each squeeze in a wedge of lime, pour the sugared tea over, and garnish with sprig of mint.

Serves: 4

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: Food Network)

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