With scorching hot days and beautiful balmy evenings, now is the time to enjoy the great outdoors for as long as possible.
One of my favourite ways to do this is to lay on a picnic style spread that people can help themselves to throughout the day.
A tricolore salad, some perfectly ripe British strawberries with cream, crusty french baguettes and homemade guacamole all make it onto the table for anyone to grab, nibble and eat as they see fit.
Iced tea makes the perfect family friendly accompaniment and Twinings have a wonderful selection of new teas that they launched at the end of last year.
Their ‘freshly picked taste’ flavours are beautifully full-bodied and flavoursome meaning the simplest of flavours such as camomile really packs a tasty punch when served cold with a bit of honey to sweeten it up.
But for that adult friendly caffeine hit, you can’t go wrong with their ‘steamed green tea’ range. The Jasmine flavour is a favourite and the purity of how they steam their green tea leaves using ancient traditions, means the flavour is more welcoming than other green tea brands.
With the teabags individually foil wrapped it means each teabag holds its flavour, and when it comes to making iced tea this shows how well it transitions from being a hot drink to a cold one.
To make iced tea, it couldn’t be easier. You just pour some boiling water over 4 of the teabags in a large jug. Add sweetening ingredients if needed while the teabags are steeping. I added some honey to the chamomile but left the jasmine green tea plain. Once you’ve steeped the flavours for as long as you require, remove the tea bags and just fill the rest of the jug up with ice and give it a stir. Garnish as required. 😉
Little London was a big fan of the chamomile flavoured iced tea, and it was nice giving him something that wasn’t just plain water or juice on such a hot day.
Personally I flitted between both iced teas as I found them really refreshing and great at hydrating me as the temperatures continued to soar.
Finally we can welcome the British summer!