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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ginger Lime Iced Tea

Ginger Lime Iced Tea
Serves 6
Takes about 4 hours (mostly to refrigerate)

Ridiculously refreshing on a hot summer day, this ginger lime ice tea is very easy to make but only requires a few ingredients.  I use a stevia mix to sweeten the tea but sugar could be used as well.  Either way, the result is only a lightly sweet tea with the strongest flavors being ginger and lime.


8 cups water
3 – 4 tbsp unpeeled minced ginger
Zests and juice of 2 limes
1 ½ tbsp of sugar or zero cal sweetener (stevia mixes are good)

1. Combine the water, ginger, and lime zests in a pot.  Bring to a boil.  Boil for 20 minutes.
2. Allow the mixture to sit (off the heat) for approximately 20 minutes.  Add lime juice and strain the tea through a fine sieve.  Use a spoon to press all the liquid from the residual ginger pieces.  Discard solids.
3. Stir in sugar or stevia.  Refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours but more is good).  Garnish with a mint spring or slices of lime.

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