This Mango Green Tea Lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher for those long hot days of summer. Sweet mangoes pair perfectly with sour lemons and the bright taste of green tea making this drink both refreshing and addictive.
Pair this delicious beverage with some Grilled Shrimp Tacos for dinner tonight!
Tea is one of my favorite things to drink. I know I should be drinking more water, but you make tea with water, right? Yeah, just let me roll with that. I love tea because I can have it iced in the summer and hot in the winter. Therefore, I can enjoy it all.year.long, YAY!
I’m a sweet tea kind girl, with lemon too, please. Truth be told, I use to drive thru McDonald’s at least once a day to indulge in their $1 large sweet teas. That was until I realized the amount of sugar in one of those babies. That was the end of my McDonald’s runs. I do on occasion let myself enjoy one of their sweet teas, for their convenience, and honestly just how darn good they are. Damn you McDonald’s.
I think my love of tea started when I worked at Starbucks. As a new barista it was your job to try everything so that you could accurately describe the menu items to patrons. When I first had the Black Tea Lemonade I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat. It was so delicious and refreshing. Lemonade in tea, it was such a new thing for me. Genius idea, Arnold Palmer, genius. No, I have no idea if he is the one who first started the Tea + Lemonade craze. My guess is probably not but his tea is one of my favs. I’ll drink an Arnold Palmer Zero any day of the week and with no guilt #winning Side note, my dad, being the avid golfer he is, has met Arnold Palmer few times, cool huh?
I wish I could say that I came up with the great idea of mango iced tea but sadly, I did not. The geniuses and I do mean brilliant minds of Starbucks did. I mean, is there anything they can’t do? I happily spend way too much money there, on a weekly basis, and have already established my gold membership through 2016. But I digress.
So, the green tea part was all my idea as the beverage on their menu is Mango Black Tea Lemonade. Truth be told, I could have sworn it was made with green tea. So much so, that I spent a good chunk of time searching online for said Mango Green Tea Lemonade and even went to the store to look for the advertisement. To my dismay, I didn’t find anything with mango and green tea so I must just have been in some sort of haze the first time I ordered it. Either way, I love my version even more using green tea. Bonus, it costs much less. #sorrynotsorry Starbucks
I started by pureeing the mangoes which I then stirred into the freshly brewed iced green tea and lemonade. Yes, that’s all I did. This Mango Green Tea Lemonade is that simple. Minimal ingredients, about 10 minutes of your time and that’s it! I almost feel guilty for posting such an easy recipe for you. Nah, you’ll love it, promise.
- For the Green Tea:
- 4 cups of boiling water
- 8 Green Tea Bags
- 2 Cups Cold Water
- ½ cup simple syrup
- For the Mango Puree:
- 2 mangoes
- 1-1½ Tablespoons sweetener (I used Stevia)
- 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 64 ounces lemonade, I used Minute Maid Light 15 (store bought or homemade)
- For the Green Tea:
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Add tea bags to water and let steep for 5 minutes
- Squeeze and remove tea bags from water.
- Add 2 cups of cold water and simple syrup. (You may want to start with ¼ cup simple syrup and adjust sweetness to you liking.)
- Stir to combine.
- For the Mango Puree:
- Peel, pit and chop mangoes.
- Place the mangoes, stevia and lemon juice in a food processor and process until smooth.
- (Adjust sweetener and lemon juice to your taste preference. Start with a small amount and increase to your liking)
- Place the puree in a sieve or cheesecloth and strain to remove all the pulp.
- Yield 1½ cups puree.
- For the Mango Green Tea Lemonade:
- Place lemonade, green tea and mango puree in a pitcher and stir to combine.
Mango Puree adapted from- http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mango-puree-101134
Sound off, let me know, are you a sweet tea kinda person or do you prefer yours unsweetened? How do you cool off in the Summer?
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