With BBQ Season upon us having drinks on hand to serve guests is super important. I love to serve something specially made from home, but also something that is easy to whip up on short notice. With everyone’s different drink preferences iced tea is the way to go. I like to think of ice tea as an artist canvas you can do so many different things with the drink and every new flavor compliments a different meal. I’m excited to share a few of my favorite flavor mixes perfect for summer BBQ pairing.
Good old fashion sweet tea is always a party pleaser and it couldn’t be easier to create. To make ours we boil 4 cups of water along with 1 cup of sugar. Add about 10-12 bags of tea to a large container and pour the boiled sugar water on top. Allow to steep for about 7 minutes. Remove the bags and add in 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until ready to use. Add a little extra bakers sugar just before serving and pair with a crisp summer salad.
2. Fruity additions
Adding in extra limes and fruits instantly turn an ice tea into a colorful party punch. To make this version of summer ice tea that pairs perfectly with BBQ chicken: boil 4 cups of water and pour over 10-12 bags of Lipton Black Tea. Add in an assortment of lemons, limes, peaches… whatever you have on hand while the tea is steeping. Remove tea bags and fruit after about 7 minutes and top with 4 cups cold water. Have extra fruit slices prepared to drop into each glass just before serving.
3. Anise + Pepper
Adding a little spice to my lemonade is great fun and is a wonderful summer treat all on it’s own. The taste will pair well with salmon and asparagus fresh off the grill. To make it boil 4 cups of water and pour over 10-12 tea bags in a large pitcher. Add in 1/2 a tsp anise and 3 shakes of the pepper grinder. Allow to steep and remove tea bags after 7 minutes. Top with 4 cups cold water. Before serving each glass garnish with a little extra pepper and a mint sprig. It’s a quickly become a tasty summer tradition and makes an awesome Arnold Palmer when mixed 1/2 &1/2 with lemonade.
What are your favorite summer ice tea pairings?