I know we are just couple of days into spring yet it feels like summer here in Northern California. It gets very dry here during Summer and I’m not a fan of hot weather. I am a winter/fall girl- ANY DAY. I would rather be bundled up and drink non-stop hot coffee than dream about beaches in sandals. I have to admit one thing here, I am not a fan of cold tea or coffee either. I’m very strict (to the point of supremely annoying while sticking to my favorites). One of the blogging groups that I’m part of has a theme going – Mangoes. I just wrote a post on Green Mango Lentil Soup.., If you missed it here is the link – Lentil Soup (Dal) with Green Mango and now I’m tasked with another mango recipe. I got a bag full of not-so-sweet ripe mangoes from Whole Foods and I thought why not use them to make a pitcher of Mango Iced Tea.
We live on a golf course. Our backyard faces the expansive golf course and the very thought of sitting on my swing and sipping on the Mango Iced Tea, encouraged me even more to make it (just like in movies. :)). Another confession – this is the first time I made and tasted tea which is not only fruit flavored but also cold.
Since I have started this food blogging, I realize that, photographing my food is more labor intrusive than actually preparing the food itself. May be because, I’ know how to cook but I’m still learning about food styling and food photography. Every time I share my blog post with friends and family, I most eagerly wait for their feedback on how the food is looking. I’m such a dork!
Mango Ginger Iced Tea takes very very less time to prepare. If you don’t have fresh mangoes available then use peaches or strawberries. I added ginger because its a persona favorite. Skip ginger if you don’t like it. I also used honey instead of sugar to sweeten it.
So you got Fresh Mangos, ginger, a couple of green or black tea bags?? Lets make mango iced tea then!
- Water 8 cups
- Ginger crushed 1/2 inch
- Green/Black tea bags 3. (use loose tea if you don’t have tea bags. I used green tea bags)
- Mango pureed 1 cup
- Sugar/Honey 3 tbs (I used Mountain Forest Raw Honey)
- Mint for garnishing
- Bring water to a boil with ginger in it.
- Steep black/green tea tea for 10 minutes then strain.
- Allow to cool.
- Add Mango puree and honey/sugar to cooled tea, mix well.
- Serve over ice with a sprig of fresh mint.