Lemon Grass Ginger Iced Tea Recipe!!!

Lemon Grass Ginger Iced Tea Recipe!!!

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

Lemon Grass, also called fever grass, is an herb with long, thin, leaves that occurs naturally in many Asian countries. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.

Lemon Grass is a very good source of  vitamins and minerals including folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese.  It also has minute traces of B vitamins. It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant,  antibacterial, antifungal, astringent,  diuretic, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.

Ginger is among the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.   Here are some scientifically researched health benefits of ginger..

Ginger contains gingerol a substance with powerful medicinal properties.  It can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness and motion sickness.   Ginger may reduce muscle and joint pain and soreness.  Ginger may drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors.   It can help treat chronic indigestion. Ginger powder may significantly reduce menstrual pain.  Ginger contains a substance that may help prevent cancer.   It may improve brain function and protect against alzheimer’s disease.  The active ingredient in ginger may also help fight infections.

So combining the nutrients of Lemon Grass with Ginger’s health benefits in a daily glass of Lemon Grass Ginger Ice Tea may help make diseases go away.  This is also perfect for summer, this blissful blend of ginger, lemongrass, and green tea refreshes and invigorates.  I made my own version and everyone loves it, im sure you will love it too.


 

Ingredients:
10 individual bags green tea or 3 heaping tablespoons loose green tea

1/3 cup sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar, or sugar substitute to taste – just add to taste after it’s chilled

8 cups water

1 stalk lemongrass

1 piece of ginger, about the size of two thumbs or one freakishly large thumb

2 – 4 tbsp. lime juice

 

Directions:

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

Cut lemongrass into two-inch pieces, and crush with the flat side of a knife, or just cut each piece lengthwise a few more times.

Peel ginger and cut into thin slices.

In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, lemongrass and ginger to a boil.

 

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold TeaRemove saucepan from the heat, and add the green tea (if you’re adding the loose tea, put it in something so you can  get it out right after it’s steeped, while leaving the ginger and lemongrass in). Steep for about a minute, or until it’s the right color/flavor for your tastes.

Remove the tea bags/leaves, then let sit for about 30 minutes.

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

 

Then add the lime juice or lemon juice for a unique blend of taste.

Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.

Refrigerate until cool – about a couple of hours

 

Serve and Enjoy!!!!

Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea Recipe!!!
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You can add 3 tbsp. of Rum if you want, it can add a unique taste for your cold tea.
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea Recipe!!!
Print Recipe
You can add 3 tbsp. of Rum if you want, it can add a unique taste for your cold tea.
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Ingredients
  • 10 individual bags green tea or 3 heaping tablespoons loose green tea
  • 1/3 cup Sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar, or sugar substitute to taste – just add to taste after it’s chilled
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 pc. ginger about the size of two thumbs or one freakishly large thumb
  • 2 – 4 tbsp. lime juice
Servings: Glasses
Instructions
  1. Cut lemongrass into two-inch pieces, and crush with the flat side of a knife, or just cut each piece lengthwise a few more times.
  2. Peel ginger and cut into thin slices.
  3. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, lemongrass and ginger to a boil.
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat, and add the green tea (if you’re adding the loose tea, put it in something so you can get it out right after it’s steeped, while leaving the ginger and lemongrass in). Steep for about a minute, or until it’s the right color/flavor for your tastes.
  5. Remove the tea bags/leaves, then let sit for about 30 minutes.
  6. Then add the lime juice or lemon juice for a unique blend of taste.
  7. Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  8. Refrigerate until cool – about a couple of hours
  9. You can serve your tea over ice for a refreshing drink.
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Copycat “Orange Bang” Drink

Copycat “Orange Bang” Drink

Orange Bang Drink

When we go out for lunch or dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants my grand children love to order this sweet orange drink they call Orange Bang.  It’s sort of like a liquid creamsicle. It costs just about $4 for an 8oz. drink, it can get pricey when you have to order 3 or 4 of them.

I started making the drink at home, so much more cost effective and best of all we can have it anytime we want.

Here’s the recipe, all you need is a blender and a strainer!

Ingredients:

2 oranges

1/2 cup sugar

1 can condensed milk

2 cups water

2 cups orange juice

Directions:

1.  Wash the wax off the oranges and cut into quarters.

2.  Place oranges, sugar, condensed milk, water into blender.

3.  Pulse 6-8 times – you don’t want the oranges to get too chopped up

4.  Strain mixture into a pitcher

5.  Stir in orange juice

Serve well chilled or over ice.  You can store this for a couple of days in the fridge, but you must stir it before serving.

Copycat "Orange Bang" Drink
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Copycat "Orange Bang" Drink
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Quart
Instructions
  1. Wash the wax off the oranges and cut into quarters.
  2. Place oranges, sugar, condensed milk, water into blender.
  3. Pulse 6-8 times - you don't want the oranges to get too chopped up
  4. Strain mixture into a pitcher
  5. Stir in orange juice
Recipe Notes

Serve well chilled or over ice. You can store this for a couple of days in the fridge, but you must stir it before serving.

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The Best Lemonade:  Brazilian Lemonade

The Best Lemonade: Brazilian Lemonade

LemonadeOn our recent trip to Jordan my family and I made a day trip to the Dead Sea.  We spent the day at the Dead Sea Movenpick Spa & Resort where we floated in the Dead Sea and relaxed at the Movenpick’s facilities.

It was a wonderful day, but it came with a price, the trek down to the beach was done in the searing heat of Jordan’s record breaking summer.  That day the temperature was 116 degrees!

The long walk down from the resort’s lobby was hot but manageable, we were looking forward to what we thought would be a cool dip in this amazing sea.  I had forgotten that the Dead Sea during the summer is warmer than my bath water!  Our dip in the sea did nothing to ease the heat, but it was fun none the less.  But what goes down must go up and the trek up was a different story!

We managed to walk up to the closest pool and bar which turned out to be an adult only area.  But when the staff saw that we were about to pass out, I swear I think we had heat stroke, they allowed us to rest at the bar and drink water.  We drank 2 large bottles of cold water before my daughter and I stopped seeing stars!

The hotel staff  called for a golf cart to drive us back to the family pool area where we remained for the rest of the day.  Another golf cart drove us back to the lobby when we were ready to return to Amman.  It was at the lobby while we were waiting for our driver to bring the car that we had the most refreshing drink ever.  It was lemonade served by this gentleman dressed in traditional Turkish attire carrying an elaborate brass dispenser on his back.  He dispensed his amazing drink to everyone in the lobby for free.

Lemonade

The Lemonade Man

We all loved his lemonade, it was sweet, cold, and very refreshing.  A welcome beverage on such a hot day.  My grandsons liked it so much they went in search for seconds!  Before we left we complimented the lemonade man on his delicious drink.  He was so pleased we enjoyed it that he gave us the recipe, sort of.  He rattled off the ingredients but didn’t tell us the measurements, but I was determined to figure out how to make this lemonade.

This weekend I searched the web for a recipe.  In the end it seems like he was serving Brazilian Lemonade or Limonada Suica as it’s called in Brazil,  which is actually made with limes.  That was the only lemonade recipe I could find that contained his “secret” ingredient, milk.  I had come across recipes for Brazilian Lemonade on Pinterest, but a lemonade containing milk, I was skeptical.  Well the lemonade man said “just a little bit of milk” so I gave it a try.  I tweaked the recipes I found on line and actually came up with one that tastes as heavenly as the lemonade I had in Jordan!

Here’s the recipe, it would be great served at your next summer barbecue!  I know I will be serving it for ours!

Ingredients:

Yields 1 quart

3 Limes – choose the thin skinned ones to avoid the bitter taste

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk

4 cups water

Directions:

1.  Wash limes well to remove any wax.

2.  Cut of ends then cut limes into quarters.

3.  Place lime pieces, sugar, condensed milk, and 2 cups of water into the blender.

4.  Pulse blender about 4-5 times.  You want the limes to get mushed but not shredded and definitely not pureed.

Lemonade5.  Place a strainer on the lip of the pitcher you will be serving lemonade in and pour the lemonade into the strainer.

6.  Toss the limes in the trash.

7.  Pour remaining 2 cups of water in the strainer to wash down any remaining juice in the strainer.

8.  Serve well chilled or over ice.

Lemonade
Brazilian Lemonade
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The most refreshing lemonade ever! Brazilian Lemonade is actually made with limes.
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
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Lemonade
Brazilian Lemonade
Print Recipe
The most refreshing lemonade ever! Brazilian Lemonade is actually made with limes.
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
0 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
0 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Quart
Instructions
  1. Wash limes well to remove any wax.
  2. Cut of ends then cut limes into quarters.
  3. Place lime pieces, sugar, condensed milk, and 2 cups of water into the blender.
  4. Pulse blender about 4-5 times. You want the limes to get mushed but not shredded and definitely not pureed.
  5. Place a strainer on the lip of the pitcher you will be serving lemonade in and pour the lemonade into the strainer.
  6. Toss the limes in the trash.
  7. Pour remaining 2 cups of water in the strainer to wash down any remaining juice in the strainer.
  8. Serve well chilled or over ice.
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