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Peach Sun Tea with Monk Fruit Simple Syrup

I make sun tea a lot in the summer. I thought I’d try adding some peaches this time. We also use Monk Fruit as our choice of sweetener. It’s low carb and has zero calories. It’s very sweet.

I used about a cup of frozen peaches and 8 tea bags. This is a two quart pitcher. I filled it with cold water, leaving a little room for the simple syrup.

I sat it in the sun for about six hours. Today was warm but it’s even better when it’s hot out!

While it was brewing in the sun, I made Monk Fruit Simple Syrup.

I brought one cup of water and one cup of monk fruit to a boil and then turned down to a simmer. Then I added a pinch of xanthan gum to help thicken. Stir until all is dissolved and then remove from heat.

Add The simple syrup to the tea and stir. You’ll have to test to see how much syrup you want. We use one cup for two quarts.

I like to put ice cubes in the tea that I make from tea. Freeze tea and place cubes in a bag and store in freezer. It keeps tea from tasting watered down.

The peaches gave the tea a great flavor. I’m thinking next time I’ll try raspberries.

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Watermelon Slushy Summer Drink

One of my favorite fruits is watermelon! I have it nearly everyday in the summer time. I like it plain, with a pinch of salt or with feta cheese and mint leaves cut up in a bowl, it is amazing. Another way I like it, especially on a very hot summer day is as a slushy drink!

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I cut the watermelon up in chunks and put it in the freezer until firm NOT frozen, about 15-20 minutes will do. You could mix the watermelon with ice in the blender but I feel it waters down the taste.

After the watermelon is firm, place the chunks in a blender with some fresh squeezed lime juice. If your watermelon is ripe and super sweet, you don’t need to add anything else. If you have a watermelon that is less sweet you can add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

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Of course it makes it more special if you pour it into a fancy glass and add some lime garnish! This is a very refreshing drink for the summer months.

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Iced Chai Tea Make At Home Recipe

I love iced chai tea and I have a wonderful easy recipe to share. Save money and make it at home.

Two Ingredients:

  • Chai Tea Bags (I like the one by Stash)
  • Flavored Coffee Creamer, preferably Vanilla. (I love this one from Aldi)

I brew the tea. I have an electric teapot. I brew enough to fill this vintage pitcher I picked up at a thrift store. I love it! It’s perfect for three teabags filled with water.

I brew it and put it in the fridge until I’m ready then I pour it over ice almost to the top leaving room for a generous splash of creamer.

Pour in creamer, you can stop there or kick it up a notch.

Add whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Yum! Perfect for a hot summer day!