Recipes for "detox drinks" are all over Pinterest right now. The one that recently caught my eye was for Iced Green Tea with Lime, by FitSugar.com, because I had the ingredients on hand and ready to go. Usually when I see these recipes, that's not the case. Now truthfully, I don't like green tea. I know it's packed full of good stuff and is supposed to make our insides wonderful, but it just doesn't taste right to me. By itself, I think it almost tastes fishy. I love lime, though, so I was willing to give a green tea and lime mix a try.
This was really yummy! The lime took the fishy taste out
of the green tea, and drinking it iced was really refreshing. As far as
being detoxifying, well, I made enough trips to the bathroom that The
Big One asked, "Are you serious?" when I got up to pee again. So I guess that counts as detoxifying.
Here's how you make it.
The first step is to make a big ol' pot of green tea. I didn't measure, but filled a 1 1/2 quart saucepan about 3/4 of the way full and set it to boil. In the meantime, I took four green tea bags (I used Tazo's China Green Tips Green Tea) out of their packages and tied the strings together.
Once the water had come to a rolling boil, I removed the pot from the stove top and dropped the tea bags in. You can let them steep 5-10 minutes, or do like me and walk away, completely forgetting what you're doing, letting them steep for a good half hour before you remember. While the tea is steeping you can wash and quarter a lime or two, and squeeze their juice into a 2 quart pitcher.
Once my tea water was nice and green, I removed the tea bags and gave them a good squeeze to get the "tea juice" out. I'm not really sure what else to call it. Then I poured the brewed tea into the pitcher with the limes, carefully and over the sink. I topped off the container with lots of ice, and gave it a good shake. I didn't add any agave or sweetener like the Fit Sugar recipe calls for, but you may want to if you like it sweeter.
If you're like me and just can't do green tea straight, here's an alternative way to get those antioxidants.