Wednesday, August 14, 2013

made at home: cherry coconut iced tea

Cherry Coconut Iced Tea

  • 1 lb. rainier cherries (pitted)
  • 1/3 cup of shredded/sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla abstract
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 4-5 black tea bags 
  • 9 cups of water

   Combine the cherries, coconut, sugar, vanilla, water, and lemon juice into a large pot. Place ob the stove top and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes. Smash the cherries into the size of the pot after taking off the heat. Add the tea bags and let the mixture sit for 1 to 2 hours. After setting, strain the liquid over a bowl and squeeze the solids to get all the juices/tea out (some of my little pieces of coconut came through the strainer, but I was fine with that). Pour into a pitcher and serve over ice, and store in the refrigerator.

   This summer, I have kind of had this obsession with brewing iced teas. Almost everyday I will grab a jar, a package of tea, some water, and let the sun do its work. I had some Rainier Cherries that were almost to the state of tossing out, so I decide to make some flavored iced tea combination. The cherry and coconut have such complementing tastes, I knew this tea was going to be a delight. This sweet, refreshing tea is a perfect drink for any tea lover on a warm summer's afternoon. Enjoy!


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  2. That looks incredibly refreshing.

    Xo. M.

  3. LOVE this, and I feel like sweet iced tea is all my husband and I drink, really you can't go wrong with tea! I've never tried "sun" brewing it, but sounds so fun and easy! (Now excuse me while I go make some much craved tea)
    xo, Emma

  4. this looks exceptionally deliciously perfect!

  5. YUM! I am a huge fan of iced tea. Like, raised-in-the-South-can't-live-without-it-crazy. I am saving this recipe for later!! :)

    xx, julie

  6. looks great

  7. This sounds so delicious! I keep meaning to make iced tea this summer and keep forgetting. I better get on that before it gets chilly!

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  8. This sounds and looks so delicious!! I also love anything with coconut. Your outfit is super cool as well.

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  10. love this. so summer! and i love your outfit!!

  11. Oh my gosh that sounds absolutely amazing! I love your blog by the way. So awesome.


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  12. I've never drunk something like that before <3
    This dress is too lovely, I adore it!

  13. This recipe sounds so tasty and perfect for summer. Over the summer, I've been making lots of juices and smoothies instead of iced tea.

  14. you seriously couldn't get any cuter. love the shirt/dress combo.

    and i recently found an herbal version of chai tea that i looooooooove especially when iced. and yes, i drink it out of mason jars because how else am i supposed to drink tea?

  15. This recipe looks so so yummy and refreshing, I'll have to try it out! :)

    Xo, Hannah

  16. This sounds so amazing. I am obsessed with tea. I am a big fan of Teavana. I always liked the idea of making making my own tea, and in a way this is it.

  17. What a treat! This looks so yummy and perfect for sipping outside if its warm - may just give it a whirl! I'm your newest follower - would very much appreciate a follow back on Gfc if u like my blog too. Stop by and say hi sometime! :-) x


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