Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Mellow Monk Green Tea Summer Fruit Splash

Here's a recipe for a great-tasting healthy drink to beat the summer heat: the Mellow Monk Green Tea Summer Fruit Splash.


Ingredients


  • 1 teaspoon Mellow Monk loose-leaf green tea
  • 8 oz. spring water*
  • 4 oz. unflavored sparkling water
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 peach, pitted**
  • 1 large (16-20 oz.) cup or glass.

*Or filtered water or, if you must, tap water.


**Instead of a peach, you can use strawberries (3-4), pineapple (3-4 cubes or 1 ring), blueberries (5-6), or whatever your favorite summer fruit is.


Steps


  1. Use a teaspoon of Mellow Monk green tea leaves and 8 oz. of mineral water to make a serving of double-strength tea. (Normal strength would be 1/2 teaspoon per 8 oz. water.)
  2. Let the tea cool, then pour into the large cup.
  3. Add all of the ice cubes.
  4. Add all of the sparkling water.
  5. Drop the fruit into the cup or glass, then use a spoon to mash it slightly.
  6. Mix gently, then enjoy!

Notes

  • Letting the mashed fruit sit in the tea mixture for a few minutes allows the juices to infuse into the drink, for a fruitier flavor.
  • Don't waste the fruit—after finishing your first glass of Summer Fruit Splash, make another with the same fruit.
  • If you have time to plan ahead, make a pitcher of green tea and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours ahead of time. The cooler the tea is, the more slowly the ice will melt.
  • Have a Summer Fruit Splash party! Set a table with a pitcher or two of chilled, extra-strong Mellow Monk green tea, sparkling water, and small bowls of your favorite summer fruits. Experiment with different combinations of fruits, such as pineapple and strawberry. Yummy!

—Mellow Monk


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