Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a brilliantly wonderful time over this festive season, with plenty o’ loving memories, bellies full of laughter, plates piled high with deliciousness and neverending happiness. And I hope 2016 will be your best to date! I’m excited. Are you excited?
I should have titled this post ‘How to deal with Aussie summer’ instead! All I did during my (too short!) holiday break was drink, drink, drink, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We’ve had hot day after hot day around here. So hot that not even my plants wanted to be outside. So it makes perfect sense that my favorite activity (after going to the beach) was to whip up delicious concoctions to keep my body hydrated and functioning at its lazy best.
Truth be told, what better way to kick start a new year, a better year!, than with a refreshing homemade drink, bursting with goodness. Local, crisp, aromatic apples. Cinnamon. Fragrant rosemary. Cherries. Zesty lime. Best thing about it? Besides the gorgeous flavors, of course. There’s no sugar in sight. The natural sweetness of the fruits is more than enough to turn this into a beautiful ice tea. So you can drink and drink and drink some more feeling proud that you are giving your body all these vitamins and minerals.
- 1 whole red apple, cored, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 2 L boiling water
- to serve: ice, fresh apple slices, fresh seasonal fruits (I used cherries and limes, but oranges or mandarins would be beautiful too)
- Add sliced apple, cinnamon and rosemary to a glass bowl or a pot.
- Add 2 liters of boiling water, stir a couple of times and cover.
- Let it sit until it reaches room temperature (about an hour or so). Then strain, pour into a jug and refrigerate. Keep the ‘stewed’ apples – you can eat them as is, use them in chia pudding or porridge.
- Serve chilled during summer with fresh fruit.
Note. Tried and tested, this makes for a beautiful hot tea during winter. Let it brew for 10 minutes and enjoy with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and turmeric.