Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blueberry Mint Arnold Palmer

We're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave and the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. I am willing to turn on the stove, briefly, to make iced tea and enjoy one of the best perks of my new apartment. Ice cubes!!! As simple as ice may be, my shoebox freezer in my old apartment did not have space for ice cube trays hence my current joy for crisp, cool, beverages on a hot day. Here's a new twist on the classic Iced Tea/Lemonade Arnold Palmer. Lightly crush or bruise the mint before adding it to the glass to infuse the drink with more mint flavor.

Blueberry Mint Arnold Palmer

2 heaping tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea
4 cups boiling water
lemonade (or lemon juice and simple syrup to add to taste)
blueberries - fresh are best as they won't stain your drink
fresh mint
ice cubes

-Boil water, pour into a heat-safe container and steep tea leaves until the mixture cools to approximately room temp.
-In a large glass filled with ice, mix 1 part lemonade with 3 parts iced tea (or to taste). Garnish with mint and blueberries.

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