After Soup series, me and Sujitha from "Sujitha Easy Cooking" have joined together again with an another wonderful blogger Shobana from " Shoba's Delight " to post lots of summer special drinks for a month. After so many discussions, we have decided to post summer special series since the heat waves are rising to peak. Everyone must be familiar with an Iced tea which is usually prepared using tea or green tea and lemon. But as a twist, I have used tamarind extract instead of lemon juice which was inspired by a Mexican drink. I have used green tea in this recipe but the regular ones can also be used to prepare this cool refreshing drink. This is the best way to beat the heat instead of having a regular tea or green tea. I have used coconut flavoured palm sugar to enhance the taste of the drink which can also be substituted with a regular sugar or Brown sugar or plain Palm sugar.
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2 Cups Water
1 Tbsp Green tea leaves
3/4 - 1 Cup Coconut flavoured Palm sugar ( Brown sugar, regular sugar or palm sugar can also be used )
Few Mint leaves
Small piece of Tamarind ( Small gooseberry sized )
Soak tamarind piece in a 1/2 cup of water for 30 minutes.
Extract juice from the soaked tamarind and keep aside.
Boil water, add green tea leaves and let it boil for a minute.
Switch off the flame, cover the bowl with a lid and let it stand for couple of minutes.
Filter the leaves and cool the green tea.
Add tamarind extract to the tea followed by palm sugar and mint leaves.
Mix well and refrigerate the drink for couple of hours.
Add 1/2 - 1 cup of Ice water if the drink is concentrate or fill the glass with ice cubes and pour the iced tea.
Garnish with mint leaves and serve chill.
Beat the heat with this Iced Tea !