Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fruity iced tea & popsicle

Summertime, vegetables and fruits flood the market shelfs, in all variety of shapes and colors.
Fruits are ripped, juicy and plump and the most important thing, the price is much cheaper. When you are lucky enough in US, you can go to the nearest farm and pick your own fruit! I can bet that is full of fun, picking, climbing and tasting right away the fruits from the tree.

Cherry picking

Picture taken last year in farm


In summer, all juice shops are crowded; ice cream shops extend their closing hours. Coffee shops pick up their sale in cold section. Coming to coffee and tea, I like to drink iced tea, which contained no milk and really refreshing one in hot summer days. Other than sugar , you don't need to bother about any calories!

This drink is a recreation of my latest fruity bottled iced tea, which I tasted recently. The color was appealing to give out a try. The bottle version of iced tea is rasbperry flavored iced tea.
But, I had strawberry in hand, I flavored my tea with strawberry, do try out with raspberry, blackberry mostly the fresh one. I know for those who cannot find those berries, try with citrus.
I just made for myself who like my tea cold! So the recipe is just for one cup!


Fruity iced tea



Ingredients:

Water: 1 cup
Tea bag of your choice: 1 num
Strawberry or any berry: 3 num if it is rasb 6 or 7 num
Sugar: 2 tsp or more if u like sugary
Lemon: 1 tsp freshly squeezed


Bring to boil a cup of cold water, take your favorite tea bag, place in a cup add two tsp of sugar. Pour the water and let the tea to steep. After it cool down, throw out the tea bag.
Meantime, take 3 strawberries wash and cut the top. If you have enough strength mash them through a sieve (should work for raspberry) or make a puree and strain the seeds out.
Once tea is cooled add the puree, and zest of lemon juice. Add few ice cubes and enjoy right away the fruity tea!


Fruit juice popsicle



For Fruit juice Popsicle:
It is fun when u do with ur kid! Take any fresh juice fill the mold half way, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in freezer for 1 hour or until they are firm on top. Now take another flavor of juice and fill the mold and insert the stick.

I used some freshly orange juice and grape juice!

I am sending to couple of events my fruity iced tea and fruity Popsicle.

1.summer splash celebrated by Artee at Nalabagham.
2.WYF-Juice and Ice cream event hosted by EC
3 Sweet Series: cool desserts- hosted by Mitr
4.Color event started by sunshinemon, which is “Red”, the theme of month.
5.Another colorful event hosted by EC
6. As Berries are in full season, i am sending to Eating with the season another event hosted at Maninas

I am sending my previous post of tomato chutney to Sunshinemom and EC to color event. Probably it is my first Red entry to both of you.

Color event Guys: be ready to hear all color psychology by our fellow food bloggers.

Have fun hosting!

33 comments:

Madhavi said...

Cham, I want that popsicle, its darn hot in LA, this is perfect entry. Refreshing and delicious!!!

Divya Vikram said...

You are too innovative Cham..I love the iced tea..I should try it with orange..Thanks for the idea..and the popsicles look appealing..Perfect for the scorching sun..

Laavanya said...

That strawberry iced tea sounds absolutely refreshing.. i've only had iced lemon tea before. The popiscles look great - neat idea to have 2 different juices Cham.

Sujatha said...

Iced-tea looks fabulous! And those popsicles... Sluuuurrrrp...!! My daughter will love those popsicles! Wow, so many events in one shot? Way to go, Cham!

Namratha said...

Wow Cham, that popsicle is very tempting, wish I could grab one right now!

Priti said...

Love the pictures...liked your garnishing the best (strawberry with lemon) nice work. Popsicles looking so colourful..gud way to beat the heat

Rachel said...

very tempting pics..Makes me want to go and make some for myself too!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

popsicle looks soo colorful. reminds me of my childhood days

Madhavi said...

Cham dear, magic lamp is waiting for u, check my blog!!!

easycrafts said...

Wow...the popsicle looks amazing, have been searching for a simple kulfi mould out here and not able to trace that also..lovely entries, thanks a lot and ya there is an award for u here http://simpleindianfood.blogspot.com/2008/07/blogging-friends-forever-award.html

Sireesha said...

The strawberry iced tea sounds unique and soooo refreshing....Popsicles looking so colorful and tempting.... I think it is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion....

Sia said...

using berries in ice tea is really cool and i am sipping tall glass of ice tea while leving this comment:)

kamala said...

Though I didnt drink tea or coffee I love that cool and iced tea..Popsicles look so cute ..perfect for the heat

SASHREE said...

Hi Cham.hru dear??Thanks for ur concern.Changed ur profile pic....cool :)
BTW iced tea is very refreshing....

Sangeeth said...

1 dish to many events.....luv to do like this u know....;)very colourful indeed!luved the kuchi ice!

Suma Rajesh said...

innovative and colourful refreshing drink...perfect entry for all the events...u rock

ANJALI J. said...

SO INNOVATIVE CHAM.. ESP THE POPSICLES.. THEY LOOK SO REFRESHING.. BTW HOW R U DOING GAL?

Uma said...

Cool, cool, cool, everything is cool! love both of those, the iced tea and the popsicle. Tell me if you are going to make them when I visit your home, just kidding! Lovely creations Cham dear!

Cham said...

Uma: Tell me r u ready to visit me once ur re back?

bhags said...

berreid iced tea seems such a wonderful idea......loved that glass

Shreya said...

amazing popsicle.. lovely colours...iced tea is great...

Jayashree said...

That tea is a lovely colour...and I just want to bite into one of those popsicles right now....

srikars kitchen said...

very tempting pics..looks great &n fantastic

sra said...

that drink looks so refreshing, Cham!
And you've covered so many events in this post - wow!

Illatharasi said...

I love those popsicles... good innovation:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Cham... How R u?..... Iced tea looks so cool. Loved the idea of the popsicle. YUM!...

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

colorful popsicles, am sure ur son must have loved these. ICED tea also looks refreshing.

meeso said...

The tea sounds so good! My mom use to make Popsicles at home with juice, too :)

Sireesha said...

Wish U A Happy Friendship Day Cham :))

Suma Rajesh said...

Happy friendship day..

bee said...

gorgeous popsicles!!!

delhibelle said...

strawberry tea..a combo of two of my fav things,love it!I have not made popsicles with juice, such a neat idea, am so keen on trying this soon..

Madhuram said...

I have to tell in Vadivelu style only now, "ukkandhu yosipeengalo! Beautiful popsicles and as usual sending it for so many events.