I have a new addiction….ok, maybe not an addiction, but rather an obsession. Have you all had the black iced tea with strawberry Acai, at Starbucks??? It’s tart, strawberry-ish and refreshing. Ok, first of all…you all know how weird I am about words that sound weird? I wont eat or drink anything that sounds weird. So awhile back, I went to Starbucks with my friends Jazmin and Diana. They ordered some kind of weird sounding drink called Strawberry Acai. I said “EWWWWW, what is that? Blekh” They said “Oh Betty, just try it.” I said “But what’s up with that word ACAI?” The barista then suggested I try a sample. I was hesitant, but I did and OMG I had a YUM moment. So she suggested that I try it in my iced tea. Well I did. That was it. From that moment on, I became obsessed. I love that iced tea. Some baristas put the dried strawberries in the drink too…they look so good all floaty in the tea. But when you eat one, they are kinda slimy and salty since they use the dehydrated strawberries.
Anyway, I just can’t find strawberry acai concentrate anywhere. The other day I was at Sprouts Store and bought a bottle of Acai juice. I thought hmmmmm, I could try this. Well, it had no taste at all. Blekh. So, I got to thinking. Scary huh? I bought some frozen sweetened strawberries and a lemon. I had some strong brewed iced tea and decided to experiment. Happy dance all over the kitchen. Yum, Yum, YUM. I did it!!!!!!! Tastes just like the one at Starbucks, but better since you can eat the strawberries if you want and you can control the sugar. Plus you aren’t paying $4 a drink. Oh, and if you don’t want chunks of strawberries, just crush em up, or make a syrup.
If you don’t want to use sweetened strawberries, just use the unsweetened ones. You can always use some Splenda or something. OMG, you must make this. I know summer has ended, but this will be a year round drink for me!
Strawberry Copycat Iced Tea
strong brewed tea
frozen strawberries, thawed (sweetened or unsweetened)
fresh lemon juice
Crush up the strawberries. Leave some chunks if you want.
To a glass of ice and tea, add about 2 spoons of strawberry mixture. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in the glass…just to your tartness liking.
-your tea wont taste lemony with just a squeeze of juice. so if you want more of a lemony taste, add more lemon.
-You can make this by the pitcher, but the strawberries and lemon will make your tea a bit cloudy, which is just fine.