It’s that time of year when summer is pretty much over, but the weather finally starts heating up. In the hot afternoons, I like to make an iced drink that happens to also double as a phytofood bioflavonoid bonus that helps to reduce inflammation, supports skin/capillary health, provides lots of vitamin C and, more importantly, tastes great.
Here’s what you will need:
- 6 organic lemons
- 1/2 cup water – or just enough to create a blend
- Fresh brewed green tea – hot or iced
- Stevia, to taste (I love the Truvia brand, but any brand you like is good)
Remove stems, or ends of organic lemons. Scrub clean under running water. Cut up into quarters, remove seeds, and place the lemons and the water in a Vitamix. If you don’t have a Vitamix, use a sturdy blender. Blend on low at first and then on high until the lemon mush is liquified and as fine as it can get in the blender. If you don’t have a Vitamix, you may need to strain out larger chunks that would be difficult to pass through a straw. Now, fill ice cube trays with the lemon mixture and freeze.
To prepare your Arnold Palmer, place 2 lemon cubes in a glass, plus a few regular ice cubes. Add iced tea and sweeten to taste with stevia. Shake or stir, and as the lemon cubes melt, the drink becomes an Arnold Palmer. You will be surprised that the lemon is not too tart or too bitter at all, and has a mellow, sweet, lemon-y taste. Try with organic Meyer Lemons for a special treat!