I hope you all of you stateside enjoyed your long weekend that wasn’t really a long weekend, I, too, had to work on Monday, but I think I made up for it sufficiently my other three days and I’ve got the tan to prove it. Tennis, food, HGTV and pound cake filled my days and there wasn’t much time without at least one of the above. Especially pound cake (more on that later this week).
Michigan summer weather really seems to do it right. After years in the stifling southern heat, I’m happy to have lived in a region, first Chicago and now here, where we can count on a handful of very uncomfortable days, but for the most part rely on days where a sundress and a light sweater, sunglasses for good measure and open-toed shoes will serve you well.
The best accessory for that will be a cold beverage. I’ve mentioned a few times how tea time is an occasion religiously followed in our household, but sometimes even we can’t handle the heat. And today, a solution for those too hot days.
The Burmese do like their tea and also give it due regard. I learned this from my Baba, who taught me how to properly make a cup of tea to be just the right color, just the right sweetness. Just the right way.
I converted that knowledge in brewing this concoction, borrowing a bit of guidance . Otherwise, the proportions are my own, and the addition of evaporated milk is a MUST.** Otherwise, this is just the tea version of Thai iced coffee.
Ingredients are layered and lazily swirled to distribute the flavor throughout, giving it a proper mix and therefore a proper flavor.
Mom can attest, it’ll also give you a much needed jump to get you through the rest of the day.
Whether that is a work day or a vacation day is up to you.
- 3 strong British breakfast tea bags
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 TB sweetened condensed milk
- 4 TB evaporated milk
- ice cubes
- 2 straws, to serve
- Brew the tea bags with the water, allowing them to steep about 5 minutes and get nice and strong. Remove the tea bags and chill in the refrigerator until cold.
- To the bottom of two tall glasses, add 1 TB of sweetened condensed milk to each. Add 2 TB of evaporated milk to follow. Fill each glass with ice cubes, and pour chilled tea until the glass is full.
- Add the straws, and slowly stir to combine. Enjoy!