Oh! So I heard we were outside ALL summer long with fresh iced tea!!
“I know that’s right!” (in my Cardi B voice)
With a calendar full of ball games, playdates, movies on the lawn, mini concerts, birthday parties, vacations, excursions, etc. that means a lot of outdoor fun time with family, friends, and kids. But we know that equals a lot of planning, thinking, and crunching numbers to make it all happen. Speaking of which, did you know that 64% of mothers indicate that they get less than 1 hours to themselves without work or family? A lot of what we do as mothers also comes in the form of behind the scenes tasks.
With all the fun and joy summer brings, it’s equally important to intentionally carve out moments to breathe and be. That might take shape as enjoying bursts (small increments of time) alone, engaging in conversations that involve reminding ourselves to be in the present moment (not the one that just happened or the one that might), and speaking up for the things we desire most. And while we are being super intentional, let’s serve some amazingly delicious tea mocktails/cocktails in the process. Enjoying something you love while carting the kids (and everyone else) around only makes the hardest, most rewarding job just a little sweeter.
Adding a splash of fresh (or frozen) fruit to your summer tea routine is the perfect way to add just a dab of extra sweetness. Like, who doesn’t love a good mixed drink?! The included recipe for iced tea uses blueberries to elevate the tea experience. Sipping a delicious tea beverage only makes it more exciting.
So, allow me to introduce...
Blueberry Basil Lemonade
Now, a little about the blueberry. According to www.healthline.com, blueberries are a superfood known for its “disease fighting properties”. It is also great for skin health and aids in healthy digestion (they are a prebiotic). Blueberries are also full of antioxidants, aid in healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and it is full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. Blueberries are tiny but full of all types of goodness we need to thrive.
So, what better way to kick off the summer chill mode series than with fresh blueberries? This recipe for iced tea starts by making a blueberry infused water, followed by steeping tea in the blueberry water, then sweetening it to you liking. Lastly, the tea is mixed with a splash of lemonade and/or other fresh (or frozen, your choice) fruits to create a beautiful and mouth-watering iced tea beverage.
This quick video provides the step by step directions and the directions are below.
Here is exactly how to make it.
1.5 c. filtered water
1/4 c. blueberries
4 fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp Calming Mint Tea
1-2 c. filtered water
1/4 - 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. lemonade*
Fresh or frozen blueberries
Basil and lemon slice for garnish
This summer we are going to create these quick and easy tea beverages to enjoy while you take five to ten minutes to breathe and be. I challenge you to give this one a try and tag @motheringtea on Instagram or Facebook. Let us know your thoughts.
Also, Mothering Tea would love to take one of the tasks from your to do list and give you more time to do the things that matter most. So, if you are in the Atlanta area and are planning a small event, we would love to create an iced tea bar for you and your guests to enjoy. Whether you want a simple iced tea or something full of jazz, we are able to accommodate you. Share your vision and the creation will come to life for your next event (click here to let us know what you envision).
And in the between time, when you find yourself drifting off in thought, place your hand over your heart, and remind yourself you are here in this present moment. That is enough.
As always...steep tea and just be,