Aaahhh, the end of summer is here. We’re enjoying this last official summer weekend, working in the yard, playing outside, riding bikes and grilling. The weather is beautiful – deep blue sky, no clouds, and yet not too hot to spend the day outside.There’s something so bittersweet about Labor Day Weekend though. The kids are back to school next week and fall’s around the corner but I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer yet.
Well, we can’t stop time but we can make the most of the time we have, so we’re outside as much as possible and eating all our summer favorites this weekend. We’re also enjoying a great refreshing beverage I came up with earlier this summer – Wild Lime Iced Tea Cooler. It’s perfect for a day in the garden and non-alcoholic so you can drink it all day long with no problem.
Start by making a batch of tea – I make sun tea using a bit less than a quart of water (you want to leave room for the lime soda) and about 5 teabags (whichever black tea you’d like to use – I use Lipton) in a pitcher set out in the sun on the patio for 20 minutes or so. Sun tea always reminds me of my mom and my childhood summers so I brew iced tea that way, you could of course brew it with hot water and then let it cool. Once the tea is brewed, add some ice, a cut-up lime, and a bottle of Dry Wild Lime Soda. I love this stuff – it’s not too sweet and doesn’t have anything artificial added. The soda sweetens the tea a bit and adds some carbonation too. This cooler is just great as is and is sweet enough for us, but you could add more sugar to taste, and it would happily pair with any number of spirits as well. Serve it over ice with a slice of lime as a garnish, and be prepared to drink a pitcher before you know it!
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