A cloudless summer day. It's hot. Really hot. The sun beats down mercilessly on everything and you can't even find a shadow. The perfect time for a refreshment! Here are a few summer refreshments to help you escape the summer sun.
Pour the boiling water over all the spices and the tea and leave for five minutes. Then remove the tea leaves. Stir in the sugar. Add the milk and stir. Let the tea mixture to cool for at least 20 minutes. Fill glasses with ice and the tea.
Wash the citrus in hot water, then peel. Squeeze the citrus and pour the juice into a pot. Peel the ginger and cut into thin slices. Press the cardamom pods until the grains become detached from the shells. Bring all ingredients except the mint to boil in a pot. Then add the mint and everything cook for one minute. Remove pot from the heat and let cool. Pour everything through a fine sieve and bring to a boil again. Cook for ten minutes and pour into sterilized bottles. Seal well, turn the bottles upside down and leave to cool.
The syrup keeps for several weeks and is a wonderful refreshment with water or mineral water on hot summer days.
Bring water to a boil. Add the tea bags, cinnamon, cloves and ginger into the pot of boiling water and let sit for eight minutes. Strain through a sieve, drain and cool. Add lemon slices and season with sugar and lemon juice.