Green Tea Concentrate – the magic little potion being stored in my fridge that is slowly weaning me off all the fizzy and aspartame filled drinks I have come to be every so slightly addicted to this year.
It truly feels like I haven’t drawn breath since I started campaigning in earnest last April and I confess that I have come to rely ever so slightly on the fizz of a certain supermarkets Diet Coke. Now at least at 39p per bottle my poison of choice wasn’t doing my budget that much harm … but as for my body?? Well I am not convinced … so this is my solution to weaning myself off the chemicals I can’t pronounce.
Green Tea in a concentrated form that I can mix up with ice and water to make a thirst quenching and satisfying drink to take with me on busy days …. got to be better than a lukewarm can – right?
I love iced green tea from one of the big coffee chains … but truth is I live in a wee town where tea is hot,sweet and drowned in milk. This is my treat – frugal stylee!
So …….. well its not exactly a recipe is it … more of a method if you get my drift?
So you need to start with some tea. Ordinary green tea bags are fine – you will need about 6 for a litre of concentrate …. I’m using some strong jasmine loose leaf tea that I brought back from China last winter. One packet is enough to brew one pot of very strong tea .. so two packs it is (brewing double strength is the key here)
Now even though I drink hot green tea unsweetened I find that when it’s ice cold it needs a little something to balance out the tannins.
Four teaspoons of sugar in the one litre mix should do it – I am using some stevia that I bought from Approved Foods but I have used lemon and ginger tea bags before and sweetened with honey (gorgeous BTW – you should totally try that out!!!)
So just off the boil water over the top and leave to brew until it’s just lukewarm. I know – but this needs to be STRONG stuff in a concentrate … its not a cup of Indian in your best bone china here!
So when its lukewarm strain it off and pour into a jar so that you can store it in the fridge. A jar can keep for a week but I find it usually takes about three days to work my way through a jar and then it’s time to make another.
I know that jar looks murky brown – but trust me when you dilute it down it becomes a cute pistachio green in the glass.
So to make it up you fill one quarter of your glass with concentrate, one quarter with ice and then top up with cold water. Quick swish around and you are good to go. I would taste the first one you make .. you may find that you need to sweeten it up a little as every brand of tea bag is a little different.
All ready for a busy day at work – without all the chemical nasties.
So what is your favourite blend of tea? Anyone else rather partial to a glass of the iced stuff? (Southern gals need not apply … I get that you are weaned from Mother’s milk to iced tea over there … and I know my version is hearsay to your Antediluvian roots …. but this is my “slightly sweet Scottish version )