Some flavors are made for each other. Yeah, we all know about chocolate and peanut butter, but there are many more flavor pairings to explore. One of my favorite pairings is floral jasmine plus spicy ginger. Here, I’ve brought the two together in a refreshing mocktail. The mix of jasmine green tea plus sparkly ginger beer, lime and strawberries has been my favorite drink of the summer.
Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea Recipe
1 wedge lime
4 ounces *brewed jasmine green tea, chilled
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled (I used Gosling’s)
Garnishes: Fresh sliced strawberries and additional lime wedges
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Squeeze the juice of a lime wedge over the ice and drop the lime wedge into the glass. Add the chilled green tea and ginger beer; stir gently. Garnish with strawberries and additional lime wedges.
Makes 1 drink
*Tip: For brewed tea, I used Rishi organic loose-leaf jasmine green tea. I steeped 1 tablespoon of tea in 2 cups of hot, but not boiling water (180 degrees F) for 3 minutes. The brewed tea should be cooled at room temperature, and then chilled in the refrigerator.
Grapefruit Oolong Tea Smoothie
Hibiscus Green Tea Soda from Eating Clean Recipes
Rishi Jasmine Green Tea (Amazon)
What a weekend! The sun was out, the temps were up and this and every other Minnesotan broke free from winter hibernation.
Despite the promise of spring, there were still lingering signs of winter like slushy ice on the lakes and blood oranges in my fridge. I took care of the blood oranges by juicing them and mixing up a few drinks like this simple sparkling juice with chia seeds. (Of course, I also made a cocktail that I’ll share later this week.)
Blood Orange Chia Drink Recipe
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup blood orange juice, chilled
1 cup sparkling water, chilled (I used LaCroix grapefruit flavor)
To make chia gel, combine cold water and chia seeds in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chia seeds soak up the water and form a gel.Divide chia seed gel between 2 glasses. Top with blood orange juice and sparkling water. Drop in a few ice cubes and serve with straws to stir the drink and suck up the chewy chia seeds.
Makes 2 drinks
More chia recipes:
Simple Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Vanilla Chia Pudding from Eating Clean Recipes