We holidayed in Mahabaleshwar in May this year. It is a quaint temple town that is also the strawberry capital of India and is a four-hour drive from Pune (in the western state of Maharashtra). As you near the town, you cross very many strawberry farms with vendors selling strawberries piled high on makeshift stalls. It is all such a beautiful sight. We bought strawberries by the kilo on the way to our resort and finished it all during our three-day stay there.
We also bought many more kilograms of this red sweet berry to take back home and to pass on friends, neighbours and colleagues at work. Well, the pass-on never happened! And I happily used the lovely strawberries to make everything I could think of – ice-cream, sauce, compote, milkshakes, juice, mousse and this tea.
Funnily, it never struck me to use the chopped fruit in a cake, even though I used up a lot of frozen pulp to make jelly frosting for cupcakes and cakes!
This tea was offered as a welcome drink at the resort where we stayed. I didn’t take to it so much even though everyone else asked for a refill a second and even third time. Before leaving the resort, I went up to the chef and shamelessly asked for the recipe so I could make this for hubby and nephews once back home. The chef was kind enough the share it with me. I made this a couple of times at home and people quite loved it. Although it is supposed to be served hot, I realised I loved it cold. Make it either way you like. Also note, that the chef urged me to use ready-made strawberry crush, but I used fresh strawberry pulp since I wanted to make the most of our purchase.
(Makes 1 large cup)
Earl Grey – ½ tsp (or any other mild black tea of your choice)
Water – 1 cup
Strawberry crush – 2 tbsp
Sugar – to taste
Brew tea the way you normally would. I boil water and take it off heat, add tea leaves, give it a stir and cover it with a lid for about half a minute. The, I strain the leaves and add sugar
Add strawberry crush. Mix well and serve hot. I prefer to cool it to room temperature and chill it in the fridge for a while and drinking it cold
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