In honour of the (finally) good weather we’re having in Calgary, and in hope that it lasts, I’ve been whipping up some yummy summer drinks of the strictly non-alcoholic kind. The first is one of my favourites, my Mom’s Iced Tea.
Mom is a fantastic cook and used to always have a snack whipped up for my friends if we came over after school. This made her a favourite with my friends, who I understand still have cravings for some of her treats. Her refreshing iced tea is one of these. It’s also really easy to make, you just need to have a little foresight as to when the good weather is going to happen.
Boil two kettle’s worth of water and put into a large pot. Put in five black tea bags to steep. I use Orange Pekoe because that’s what I usually drink in the morning, but any black tea would do. When I was pregnant I used decaf tea. I think even Earl Grey would work, but it would definitely give you a different taste.
Steep the bags for about 15 minutes, then remove. Add a can of concentrated lemonade and stir until dissolved. The recipe then calls for 1/4 cup of sugar. My mom puts in Splenda instead of sugar. I’m actually not a big fan of sweetness and like it tart, so the sugars in the lemonade is enough for me. It’s not for everyone, though.
The next drink I tried making was some recipe floating around Facebook, for a “Skinny Shake” guaranteed to taste exactly like a Wendy’s Frosty. I haven’t had a Frosty since I was in high school, but I remember them being awesome, so I said sign me up. Here’s the recipe:
3/4 cup almond milk
15 ice cubes
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp cocoa powder
Take all ingredients and blend. Super simple. What surprised me was how few calories are in almond milk. It’s like a quarter of what you find in skim milk!
My problem is I don’t have a blender and I find liquids in a food processor = disaster, so I just blended this with a hand blender. That meant that crunching up the ice was a no-go, so I just shook the blended drink with the ice cubes and served as such.
This was really good, and filling, and worked as a make-shift lunch when I didn’t really have much food in the fridge. Did it taste just like a Frosty? I’m pretty sure not really. So not totally as advertised, but it is something that I will happily make again. Maybe someday when I have a blender.
Word of the day:
Polyglot: (adj) having a command of many languages; written in, composed of, or containing many languages