FOOD: Recipes #5, #6 & #7 - Iced Tonics for Steamy Days

FOOD: Recipes #5, #6 & #7 - Iced Tonics for Steamy Days

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Maxwell Ryan
Jun 15, 2005

Dept. of Hot & Steamy Memories. This weather reminds me a lot of the week before our wedding: after two straight weeks of frigid rain, the week leading up to our wedding was blazing hot. Remembering a few rather warm Indian weddings we'd been to where refreshments were actually served during the ceremony, we decided to serve some of our own tonics (sans alcohol) before the ceremony.

We were inspired by a few recipes from an old Martha Stewart's magazine that I'd saved thinking "these tonics might come in handy one day." That one day happened to be the big day. I still have guests from our wedding asking me for the recipes.

Here they are - written for one-serving. If you'd like to make them for eighty people, I'll send you the conversions! (Thanks, Martha!)

Peach/Chamomile Tonic

  • 8 oz. cold water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 2 whole star anise (available at many international grocers and some supermarkets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, or to taste
  • 4 slices of fresh peach
  • Few cubes of ice

Boil water. Pour into mug or tempered glass (like a pint glass), add tea bag and star anise, let steep for five minutes, or longer for a deeper flavor. The star anise will lend a refreshing spicy flavor, and it works very well with the peach. Stir in honey. Strain and chill. Add peach slices to chilled tea and serve over ice.

Mint Lime Fizz

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 sprigs mint, plus more for garnish
  • Few cubes of ice
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) seltzer water

Mix juice, honey and mint in a tall glass. Mash the mint in the glass with the back of a spoon. Enjoy the aromas, there's nothing like fresh mint in the summer - simply the smell of it will cool you down. Add ice cubes. Pour in seltzer. Listen to the sound - this sound, too, can cool you off if you just listen. Garnish with a few whole mint leaves.

Anemone Green Tea with Honey

  • 8 oz. (1 cup) cold water
  • 1 ball anemone green tea* (or 1 regular green tea bag)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, or to taste

Boil water. Pour into mug or tempered glass, add tea and let steep for five minutes. Stir in honey. Strain and chill. Serve over ice.

*Anenome Green Tea balls are available through Serendipitea.

Enjoy making these, enjoy drinking them.. and stay cool. skgr

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