I am so over tossing strawberries in the trash when my family begs for me to pick up a pint, all for them to 'forget' they're in the fridge where they shrivel up and become super over ripened. Fed up with this, now weekly process, I pondered how to waste not want not, these berries. Being summer and all, there is always a need for a different, delightfully refreshing beverage. And of course, there must be a tasty healthy kick if AC Art of Food has anything to do with it!
Enter the 'aha!' moment.
This deliciously refreshing drink is a twist to a southern favorite. It's super amped up with antioxidants from the berries and fresh brewed green tea, and has added electric minerals from the spring water. So leave that bottled up stuff in the grocery store right there on the shelf and try this super simple, 100% all natural vitamin packed beverage for yourself.
As an added bonus, a splash of vodka makes this 'super' beverage a summertime, porch sippin', adult spirit must have- cheers!
2 pints over ripe strawberries
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups boiling water
4 green tea bags
1 cup pure natural cane sugar- more/less to taste (unrefined)
14 cups spring water
Steep tea bags and boiling water for 5-10 minutes.
Puree strawberries and lemon juice, set aside.
Add sugar to steeped tea, stir until granules are dissolved.
In a large pitcher (gallon +), stir in strawberry puree and sweetened green tea.
Top off with spring water.
Serve with sliced lemon, strawberries, mint (optional)
*Add a shot of vodka or gin per 6-8oz of the lemonade*