There are times for over-the-top cakes, lovingly prepared salads with twelve ingredients, and cups of coffee brewed with exact precision.
Sometimes you just need something simple.
And this strawberry lime iced tea is exceedingly simple. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it feels weekend-appropriate. I made this for a Saturday afternoon picnic with some friends, and it was just right.
Warm weather, sunshine, a beautiful park, and good friends. (I feel lucky to live in Northern California, which is currently 100% snow-free.)
If you’re lucky enough to live near a sunny coast (or are visiting one soon), you could toss the ingredients in your water bottle the night before, and have a delicious drink to take to the beach with you. I’ll probably do that once the weather is warm enough for swimming.
You start by filling a 1-liter bottle with sliced strawberries, limes, and a handful of mint.
Top up your bottle with water.
Tie up some loose leaf green tea into a coffee filter, or use store-bought tea bags.
In the morning, your tea will be a beautiful light pink. Your strawberries may be pale around the edges from sitting in all that water— that’s okay! Your tea will taste fruity from the berries, and have a crisp edge from the lime and mint.
Strawberry Lime Iced Green Tea
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- 1 handful mint
- 6 teaspoons looseleaf green tea, or 6 store-bought tea bags
- Layer your strawberries, lime, and mint into a wide-mouth one liter bottle.
- Fill the bottle with water, leaving an inch of room at the top.
- If using looseleaf tea, create a tea bag by tying the tea tightly into a coffee filter with sting. You want to make sure that you’ve tied the tea in very tightly, to avoid spills and messes later.
- Pop the tea bag(s) into the jar, pressing them into the water slightly. Leave the string hanging over the edge of the jar, then seal and refrigerate over night, 6-10 hours.
- Give the jar a gentle shake, then open it up. Discard the tea bags. Serve as-is or over ice.