Try this 2 in 1 drink made from green tea elixir, ginger & lemon

This is the most refreshing tonic against the heat.

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Ingredients

1/4 ounce good quality Chinese green tea leaves

1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

1/4 cup pomegranate syrup or pomegranate molasses, without any added sweeteners

3/4 cup ginger syrup, recipe below

Mint, to garnish

Lemon slices, to garnish

Pomegranate seeds, to garnish

Directions

Place the tea leaves in a large bowl. Heat 3 1/2 cups of water to about 170°F. (Or bring to a boil, then let cool for 5 minutes.) Pour the hot water over the green tea leaves and steep the tea for 5 minutes. Strain the tea, keeping the liquid and discarding the leaves.

Stir in the lemon juice, pomegranate syrup and ginger syrup. Add 8 cups of cold water. Stir. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Serve over ice with a lemon slice and fresh pomegranate seeds, or a handful of muddled mint.

Ginger Syrup

makes about 5 cups

1/2 pound fresh ginger root, skin on

3 cups white sugar

2 cups water

Directions

Cut the ginger into knuckle-sized pieces. Buzz the ginger in a food processor or chopper until it is fine and stringy, like rough wood chips.

Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer just until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the chopped ginger. Let the pot cool on the stove, then put it in the fridge to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve at least twice, to remove the finer bits of ginger. Discard the ginger. Pour the syrup into a bottle or closed container and refrigerate. This syrup will keep for several weeks at least, as long as it is refrigerated.

Optional: Try this tea in a bourbon cocktail — incredibly good. Shake up 1 ounce bourbon with 4 ounces iced tea and a handful of mint. Strain and serve over ice with lemon.

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