Sweet Tea Slushies
Sweet tea is the stuff summer afternoons are made of–or should be, at least. Whether sweetened or unsweetened, iced tea is a time-tested way to beat the heat. But throw in some ice cubes, blend the drink into a slushie, and you’ve got a brand-new way to enjoy a summer afternoon on the porch. Cold-brewing the tea in the refrigerator overnight, much like one would make cold-brew coffee, takes hardly any work at all. Throw some tea bags in a jug of water and let it sit overnight. Once the tea concentrate is brewed, you make this drink at a moment’s notice.
You could also make the lemonade slushie from the Mixed Berry Frozen Lemonade for a half-‘n-half (aka Arnold Palmer!) slushie. These are best served with a straw and a spoon so you can get all of the icy, refreshing goodness. With the concentrate amounts given, you’ll be able to make about eight slushies. But since a blender will only make two at a time, you can keep the concentrate and syrup in the fridge for a week or so if you’d like, or simply make them in batches. A slice of lemon on top adds to the sweet tea appeal.
Natalie of Good Girl Style joins us each month to share incredible desserts with Big Girls, Small Kitchen readers–desserts that are entirely gluten-free, but not like obviously gluten-free. That means no specialty flours or hard-to-find ingredients, just stuff like sugar, tea, and lemon. Want even more GF desserts? Check out Natalie’s recipe for Strawberries Brulée.
- 1 quart water
- 4 to 6 plain black tea bags
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup of cold iced tea concentrate
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of simple syrup
- Dash of lemon juice
- 3 cups ice
- Lemon slices, for garnish
- The night before you’d like to enjoy your sweet tea slushies, prepare the cold iced tea concentrate and simple syrup. Pour the water into a pitcher or large container and add the 4 to 6 tea bags. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to use, remove the tea bags.
- For the simple syrup, combine the 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and slowly bring to a boil. Let cool completely before refrigerating overnight as well.
- When you’re ready to make TWO slushies, follow these directions. If you’re making more than two, do this in batches. In the bottom of a blender, place 1 cup of the cold iced tea concentrate. Then sweeten to taste, adding 3 to 4 tablespoons of the simple syrup (if you're a dedicated sweet tea drinker, go for the larger amount). Add a splash of lemon juice, followed by 3 cups of ice. Blend until the drink reaches slushie consistency. Serve immediately, garnished with slices of lemon.