August 08, 2007

Taking Iced Tea to a Whole New Level

You’re sitting motionless on the front porch but sweat still rolls down the back of your neck. Your clothes cling to your damp skin and the humidity shrouds you like a blanket. All is quiet save for the occasional passing truck and the constant hum of the fan which serves only to blow the hot air around but not to cool you down. Even the cat can’t be bothered to raise a paw and swat away the flies that buzz lazily about. It feels as though you’ll never be rid of this oppressive heat. Nothing is cold enough. The ice cubes in your lemonade dissipate as soon as they hit the glass and leave behind a watery residue as the only clue that they ever existed. You can actually see the heat waves shimmering on the horizon. It’s enough to drive a man crazy. If only there was something that could take away this fever, something to soothe your parched mouth. If only you had me to make you lemon iced tea sorbet.


Lemon Iced Tea Sorbet


3 cups water

1 ½ cups sugar

4 bags of Earl Grey tea

Juice and zest of 2 lemons


In a medium pan bring water and sugar to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the tea bags and lemon zest, cover the pan, remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture, add the lemon juice and chill until completely cold. Freeze according to your ice cream machine’s directions.




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31 comments:

Truffle said...

This sounds incredibly refreshing! You've officially got this tea-lover drooling. Can't wait to try it as soon as the weather warms up here.

Peabody said...

That looks wonderfully refreshing!

Anne said...

Oh, that is brilliant!

K & S said...

what a great idea, you are so creative!

lynn said...

Fabulous! I love Earl Grey tea and can't wait to make up a batch of this cool beauty.

Alanna said...

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Evelin said...

That's mouthwatering!:)

Mir said...

Saw this post over at BlogHer and am making it RIGHT NOW. Thanks for the recipe!

I am out of Early Grey, though (*sob*) so I'm trying it with my Bigelow Royal Raspberry. Mmmmm, lemon raspberry....

Mir said...

(I am also out of Earl Grey. And spellcheck.)

wheresmymind said...

I would kick this up a notch and do a half lemonade/half tea combo!

DOMESTIC DIVA said...

I love it. I think I'll make some this afternoon!! It is supposed to be in the 100's today. SHEESH.

Lyra said...

Its 105 degrees here-I dont have an ice cream maker :( but Im thinking this would make a nice granita as well, easily made in the freezer.

hmmm something to make this weekend.

eatme_delicious said...

yummmmmmmmmm. i would definitely make that if i had an ice cream maker.

Mrs. L said...

It was 55 degrees here this morning and I still want you to come make this for me!

Cynthia said...

Really cool, Brilynn

Joe said...

Jeff goes through so much Iced Tea... I'd love to do something like this just so he can enjoy it another way! What a great idea Brilynn. I second the "Arnold Palmer" suggestion to do half lemonade/half iced tea!

Margaret said...

As a non-tea drinker, you very nearly had me sold on that one because it looks so wonderful. Do you think you could come up with something similar made with coffee though!

Valli said...

This is the perfect way to enjoy iced tea in my opinion. Thanks for the great tip!!!I remember living in Southern Ontario during those hot humid days!!!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks so cool and good :) Great post.

Anonymous said...

i gonna try this with my lemon slices from www.teacuppa.com

Rose said...

Hello, Brylinn. If only your text couldn't stop. I really enjoyed reading you. I could even picture evrything in my head: the truck, the flies, the cat and your iced tea sorbet. Love the first picture

Kaydee said...

Sounds great! I love a great iced tea on these hot days and this sorbet sounds way cooler. I am going to try make some right now with loose tea.

Jennifer said...

I seriously need an ice cream maker. Seriously. I love iced tea, and this sounds just wonderful!

Sara said...

This does look very good. Unforch winter has arrived here...currently 8'C and we are shivering under blankets. No sorbet for us!

Elle said...

80 % of the North American continent would probably pay you a king's ransom to make they some of this refreshing and icy delight.

Kristen said...

What a fantastic idea!ze

Y said...

Yum. Brilliant idea - that looks SOO good!

Dayna said...

This looks so great, I'm certainly going to try it!!

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Vanessa said...

Sounds so refreshing - the little tang of tea is such a cooler. Also love the Arnold Palmer 1/2 tea, 1/2 lemonade idea. Fab!

trupthi said...

Iced tea is a popular packaged drink. It can be mixed with flavored syrup,with common flavors including lemon, peach, raspberry, cherry. the most common among the these are lime and peach. Apart from this herbs are also sometimes served cold and referred to as herbal iced tea. It is also quick and easy. A cup of tea actually contains more of these compounds, called antioxidants, than a serving of any fruit or vegetable! And do watch the calories if you drink tea with added sugar.

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