Iced Lemon Tea

The weather here, as usual, has been unpredictable for the last couple of weeks. It’s been weeks of days starting out all bright and sunny and then exploding into torrential rain come afternoon, only for it to fizzle out and become warm and exceedingly humid by evening.

Today, however, at least till thus far has been scorchingly hot. And I mean HOT.  The sun has been glaring ever-so brightly, almost as if it has to give off all the excess heat and light for each of the previous rainy days. Now, in most temperate climates, it’s automatically a good thing when it’s bright and sunny. Alas, in tropical climates, it doesn’t really work in the same way. The intensity of the sun’s rays and the heat given off is pretty unbearable really. That is why I decided to prepare tall glasses of Iced Lemon Tea today. Not only does it quench your thirst, it’s extremely refreshing and tastes a million times better than the canned variety.

The preparation takes hardly 10 minutes. Just bring about 300ml of water to boil and then drop about 3 to 4 tea bags in there as well as a couple of tablespoons of sugar (according to taste) and simmer for about 7 to 10 minutes (or less if you prefer a milder tea). Meanwhile prepare tall glasses filled with ice-cubes. Pour the hot tea into the glasses, add a slice of lemon in each glass and serve. You can up the fancy quotient by fixing a slice of lemon on the side of each glass. Just put in a straw and sip away to a cooler you. It really is the perfect thing to beat the heat these days.