Charred grapefruit, smoked salt, and cilantro come together for an intriguing drink perfect for Iced Tea Day.
It’s National Iced Tea Day and what better way to celebrate than with a tall, cool glass created Gail Simmons using Pure Leaf’s sweet tea.
While you mix, here are some fun tea facts from the Tea Association of America to wet your whistle.
- Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households.
- On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea. And we bet it is even more on a day like today!
- Approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced. Cool is hot right now.
- Iced tea is the most consumed beverage at lunch time. So, pack one to go with your lunch!
- Canola oil for grill
- 1 pink grapefruit, quartered
- ½ cup Pure Leaf Sweet Tea
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon fine smoked salt
- Optional: Add 2 oz mezcal to mixture before shaking.
- Heat a grill pan to medium high heat and brush with canola oil. Add quartered grapefruit, flesh side down, and grill until well charred, 2–3 minutes per cut side. Remove from grill and allow to cool.
- Juice grapefruit, straining seeds and reserving one juiced wedge. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together charred grapefruit juice and cilantro. Add Sweet Tea and plenty of ice and shake until well chilled.
- Rub the rim of two rocks glasses with the reserved grapefruit wedge. Spread the smoked salt on a plate and swirl the rims of each glass through the salt to coat. Add ice to glasses.
- Strain the grapefruit/tea mixture into the glasses. Garnish each with a few cilantro leaves and serve immediately.