I’m delighted to report that we had the loveliest sunny day here in Glasgow. A week ago it was downright cold, and I worried that summer had slipped away completely. It’s made a beautifully roaring comeback today. Unfortunately, we’re back in school this week, so I had to spend most of it indoors working. I did manage to slip away from my desk for a moment. I absolutely had to have an iced tea. What else are you supposed to do when the sun shines?
If you’re still enjoying lovely sunny days, make the most of it by making up some Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade. It’s tangy, sweet, and deep all at once. Absolutely perfect for lazy days on the porch with a good book.
If you have the patience or some sort of fancy juicing apparatus, by all means squeeze fresh lemons. It will be grand. If you can’t be bothered, don’t worry. Nothing is ruined. A jar of lemon juice works just as well. You’ll get no judgment here.
I’ve learned to properly appreciate the sunshine while living in Scotland, and I’ve learned to live it up with Ginger Iced Tea Lemonade because that’s what summer is for.
- 3 cups water, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 black tea bags
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup soda water
- In a small sauce pan, stir together one cup of water and the sugar. Add in the sliced ginger and place the pan over a low heat. Stir gently and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Your other two cups of water are going to come from a recently boiled kettle. Guys, we're just making tea. I put my boiled water into a large measuring cup with the two tea bags and steep it for about two minutes. Don't leave it too long or your tea will be bitter. You know how you like it. Remove the tea bags and set aside to cool.
- Once the hot stuff is no longer scorching, we can begin to combine everything into one beautiful drink. In a large pitcher or whatever you'd like to serve it from, add 1 cup (or up to 1-1/3 cups depending on how sweet you like it) of your ginger syrup, making sure to strain out the ginger as you add it in. Combine that with your tea, lemon juice, and soda water. Put this in the fridge to get it nice and cold.
- Serve over ice. A lemon wedge and a sprig of mint never hurt anything if you want to get fancy.