gastronomical delights .03 – iced tea

July 25, 2007

nowadays, when you go to any decent restaurant, a glass of iced tea is the usual way to go for those people who shun carbonated and other unhealthy beverages. unlike a decade ago, tea is widely known today as a healthy drink with its high levels of anti-oxidants that is thought to ward off different types of cancer. and any decent restaurant has their own version of iced tea. yet, most of these restaurants pay scant attention in the making of their iced tea. some would simply brew and rebrew their tea bags/leaves thus saving a lot on costs. worse, some would simply use the nestea powdered iced tea preparation! you can simply tell when restaurants are skimping on their 40 peso glass of iced tea. notorious are those restaurants that offer bottomless iced tea. but there was one exception. the manila yacht club iced tea of yore. now, that was one refreshing tall glass of superb iced tea.

here is my version of the manila yacht club iced tea…

you will need:

3/4 cups of home made syrup

2 lipton tea bags (ordinary or green tea)

a liter of water

3 tablespoons of raw wild honey

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

the syrup:

first for the syrup, boil a cup of water and two cups of water in a saucepan. set aside.

then, again, in a sauce pan, brew a liter of water with 2 tea bags lipton tea (you can use the ordinary lipton tea or, much better, their green tea).

pour the honey, lemon juice and 3/4 cups of syrup into the saucepan. let it boil.

adjust taste by adding lemon or syrup. once the concoction is boiling, turn off flame. let it stand for 20 minutes or until cool.

pour into a tall glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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