A super refreshing and natural summer drink made from maté tea, fresh strawberries, tart lemon, and a touch of agave nectar.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of tea. I have a host of tea-infused recipes available for your perusal here on the blog, and I’m always looking for more ways to add different flavours of tea into my baking.
I sincerely believe in the healing properties of tea. Whenever I’m stressed, lonely, sad, cold, or sick, I always turn to my trusty teapot. There’s something so pleasurable about a cup of tea. Maybe it was my upbringing (my grandmother, mother, and aunt frequently had tea steeping on the counter throughout my youth) or maybe it’s my English heritage, but tea has always reminded me of home, love, and comfort. And it always, always makes me feel better when I’m sick.
Over the last five years or so, I’ve made the switch to loose leaf tea. I find it gives off a much stronger and more balanced flavour than the desiccated, bagged variety. Not to mention all the things you can bake with it!
One of my favourite shops to purchase tea leaves from is DavidsTea. They’re a Canadian company that has skyrocketed in popularity since they first opened in Toronto in 2008, and they’ve now expanded into the United States. I love this shop not only for the sheer amount of tea they carry (over 150 varieties!), but also for their pleasant staff, their eco-friendly practices, and their commitment to providing a quality product to their consumers.
Their tea is also supremely delicious. Seriously, if you haven’t tried their Cream of Earl Grey or Magic Dragon, you are missing out!
Since summer is now out in full force here on the west coast, I wanted to give you a healthy, natural iced tea recipe that you can sip on through to September. I love iced tea, but I’m sick of companies pushing artificially-flavoured sugar powder on us and calling it “tea.” It’s not healthy, and it really doesn’t taste anything like tea.
I love DavidsTea’s Electric Lemonade tea. It’s a yerba maté based tea, which means it has a high amount of caffeine and will keep you energized throughout the day. If caffeine makes you a little buzzy, you can substitute the Electric Lemonade tea for a fruity herbal variety (Gogi Pop or Sangria would work really well in this recipe), but I like the burst of strawberry and lemon that Electric Lemonade lends to this iced tea.
This recipe makes enough iced tea for 4 to 6 people, but you can certainly double it to water a crowd. I hope you love this summery drink! It’s fruity, tangy, sweet, and packs a punch of all-natural strawberry lemonade flavour. You could even make this into an adult drink by adding a few shots of tequila or rum. In fact, I highly encourage this option.
- 1½ tbsp DavidsTea Electric Lemonade maté tea leaves
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2½ tbsp mashed fresh strawberries (about 3 medium strawberries)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
- 1-2 tbsp agave nectar
- 6 whole frozen strawberries
- 2 cups ice, plus more for serving
- Place your tea leaves in a disposable tea bag or tea strainer and drop it into a 950ml (1 quart) mason jar or heatproof pitcher. Add the boiling water and allow the tea to steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Once the tea as steeped, squeeze the excess water from the tea bag and dispose.
- Add the mashed strawberries, lemon juice, and agave to the hot tea and stir well.
- Once the agave has dissolved, add the frozen strawberries and ice and top the pitcher with ice cold water. Stir well to chill the tea.
- To serve, add ice to individual glasses and pour over the iced tea.
If you make my Strawberry Lemonade Maté Iced Tea, be sure to take a photo and tag me @cinnamonscribe on Instagram or Twitter. I love seeing your creations and sharing them!
This is not a sponsored post; I did not receive any compensation or product from DavidsTea. Please note that I only share products on my blog that I have used and love and only from brands that I trust. Any opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.