Shaken Iced Green Tea

I’m not sure what it is about ‘Shaken’ iced tea that makes it taste so special? Maybe it’s the ‘cocktail’ vibe of shaking your drink with ice, but mostly, I think it’s the sparkling, shivery slivers of ice that shaking creates. How can you not love a drink that shines?!

Thursday was the Summer Solstice, so I was inspired to create some fancy new shaken iced green tea drinks to celebrate the official start of Summer. See what you think!

Shaken Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade

It’s the height of strawberry season here, and our family picked a HUGE bucket of ripe, luscious strawberries. I snagged a few berries, still warm from the patch, to slice into the shaker for a refreshing and naturally sweet treat.

  • 8 Oz lemonade (bottled or made fresh if you’re inclined)
  • 8 Oz cooled double-strength Sencha brewed green tea
  • 4 –5 fresh strawberries, sliced

Shake together in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and pour into your favorite tall glass.

 

Sangria-Spiced Shaken Cranberry Matcha 

I love Sangria – a Spanish drink made with spices, fruit, red wine and brandy. This version has no alcohol, and is light and refreshing while retaining the spicy, citrus-y flavors of traditional Sangria, as well as its dark-red color. Unsweetened 100% cranberry juice reflects the tannic ‘bite’ of red wine, and keeps the drink from being overly sweet, but you can adjust the amount of syrup to your own tastes. To make it more authentic, put a handful of chopped fruit (apples, oranges, pears and/or limes) into the shaker as well.

  • 8 Oz water
  • ¼ tsp Matcha
  •  2 Oz 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened)
  •  2 Oz Sangria Syrup (see below)
  • Juice of ½ an orange
  • Several strips of orange zest and thin-sliced oranges for garnish (do this before juicing…)
  • ½ cup mixed chopped fruit

Shake in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, then pour into a tall glass, and garnish with orange zest and a twist.

 

Sangria Syrup 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 4-5 whole cloves, 1 star anise, 4-5 black peppercorns, 1-2 slices of fresh ginger

Put all ingredients into a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, cool, and strain into a glass bottle or container. Keeps for several months in the fridge (although mine always gets used up before that!)

 

Have a wonderful summer with refreshing shaken iced green tea!

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