For spring break this past semester my plan was to stay home and spend time with family. It was a crazy first semester with my dads cancer and then passing, so I wanted to slow down a little bit and work on family relationships. But…..the travel bug bit me again and off I was. I decided to compromise with myself. I spent half the time with family and half the time in Kansas City with a few friends.
Kansas City is only a 3 hours away from here, so short enough to be close, but far enough away to feel like a little vacation. Also Kansas City is considered a big city to people who live in the western half of the mid-west. It is only topped by Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, both of which are a full 8 hour drive from Lincoln.
It was fun time, we went shopping and saw lots of different shows. Kansas City is a very artsy town with a lot of free attractions. They are also very student friendly and offer a lot of student discounts. Kansas City is known for its BBQ, so we had to get our hands on some of that :).
I finally decided to try some Teavana Tea while we were there. I am kind of a tea person. Tea is tasty and there are lots of different flavors that are kept in my cabinet, but it’s not something that I think about drinking most of the time. Out of all tea’s though, Raspberry Iced Tea is my favorite. I spotted some raspberry lemon tea and decided to give it a try. I bought a little bag of it.
Yesterday when I was rearranging the cabinets I saw that little bag of tea that I bought and decided to make something with it. I also happened to see some lemonade mix packets. Raspberry Lemonade is a things so why can’t there be a twist on an Arnold Palmer and have a Raspberry Tea Lemonade. Also the raspberry tea that I found had lemongrass in it, so lemonade would play well off that flavor.
First I got my tea steeping. I took 24 oz of water and put it in a pot until it came to a boil. Then I added 12 teaspoons of Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate tea to the water, took it off the heat, and let it sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
While the tea was steeping, I added 24 oz of water to a 2 quart sized pitcher. Then I put in the whole packet (which makes a quart of lemonade) of lemonade mix to the pitcher and stirred until it dissolved.
I added ice to cool it down and sliced some lemons to make it pretty. I poured myself a glass, grabbed a snack and a good book.
It was a pretty good afternoon and I FINALLY finished the Divergent series. I saw the movie while we were in Kansas City, and ordered the trilogy off Amazon that night. I wouldn’t let myself read it until I was finished with the semester though.
Raspberry Tea Lemonade Serves 8
- 48oz of water, divided
- 12 tsp. Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea
- 1 packet of sugar-free lemonade mix, enough for 2 quarts
- 12 Ice cubes
- Sliced lemons, optional
- Add tea to 24 oz’s of hot water and let steep for 15 minutes
- Add 24 oz’s of water to a 2 quart sized pitcher and add lemonade mix
- Once tea has steeped, drain it, and then add it to the lemonade mixture.
- Add ice after the tea and lemonade have incorporated.
- Optional: add sliced lemons for garnish.